Honor the Sacred, the Community, and Yourself. Stop the Stigma.

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable. They impact every ethnic, racial, economic, religious and age group, but the severity and likelihood of these conditions can be heightened as a result of the additional stress and trauma from the impacts of colonization, prejudice and systemic racism.

However, many don’t seek treatment because of the fear and shame they experience related to their mental illness. It’s important to remember that mental illness doesn’t define us. Anyone’s journey to mental health and recovery can start today.

By learning more about mental illness and providing support to those in our community who may be learning to navigate the impacts of historical, cultural or family trauma, we can help our community to heal and come together.

Honor the Sacred, honor the Earth, honor the Elders and honor yourself by doing your part to reduce stigma around mental illness.

Common Mental Illnesses

Embrace, don’t judge.

No one should experience their mental health journey alone. Accept your loved ones for who they are: a whole being in need of support. Remind them that their mental health condition does not define them and that they can live in a healthy, positive way.

Mental Health Services

Call 211

For local mental health counseling, support and crisis response services. If you are in crisis or experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

You have the power to make a difference in our community:

  • Embrace, don’t judge. No one should experience their mental health journey alone. Accept your loved ones for who they are: a whole being in need of support. Remind them that their mental health condition does not define them and that they can live in a healthy, positive way.
  • Learn the facts about mental illness, ways stigma can hurt individuals and families, and the resources available for help to better understand what people with mental health conditions are going through and how support can be provided.
  • Start a conversation. By talking openly about our mental health experiences, we’re helping make it OK for someone else to share their story and be heard as a whole person. Listen closely to each other’s stories, leave room for others to join in and ask questions.
  • Support and find ways to provide encouragement, hope and help. Even running an errand or visiting with an elderly family member can ease the burden. Simple steps can sometimes be the biggest help.
  • Refer friends and family to trusted support groups, organizations and health providers in the community. Offer to go with them if they need someone else for strength and courage.
  • To learn more about what people with mental health conditions are going through, how support can be provided or to get involved, explore StopStigmaSacramento.org, or call 211 to be referred to culturally competent, recovery-focused mental health services.
Conversation Starter

Hey, it seems like you’ve got a lot on your mind lately. How are you?

I just wanted to say that I am here if you want to talk about anything – Can we get together this week? 

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I know things have been hard lately; let me know if you want to talk about it. I’m here for you.

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