Mental Health Matters Day 2018 was a huge success!

Save the Date! May 22, 2019


Scroll down to review the 2018 lineup of speakers,

partners, sponsors and exhibitors.

Click here for the 2018 Program Book!

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Mental Health Matters Day 2018 keynote speaker announced!! Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from Run DMC will be joining us sharing his story of lived experience of mental health challenges! It will be a day to remember!

Becky Fein is the Program Director of Send Silence Packing, a nationally recognized traveling exhibition of donated backpacks representing college students lost to suicide each year.

Nadia Ghaffari, Founder of TeenzTalk & Senior at Los Altos High School will present Empowering Youth Voice: Peer Support & Fostering Youth-Led Initiatives Around Mental Health. Nadia Ghaffari is a senior at Los Altos High School with a passion for youth mental health advocacy. She started the nonprofit TeenzTalk after her own experience with aiding in the prevention of her close friend's suicide; TeenzTalk focuses on education, open conversation, and youth empowerment to fight the stigma around mental health. She also spearheaded TeenzTalk's first-annual Teen Wellness Conference in September 2017.

Paul Gilmartin, event emcee and former host of TBS' Dinner & A Movie, hosts The Mental Illness Happy Hour, a podcast consisting of interviews with artists, friends, listeners and the occasional mental health professional about all the battles in our heads; from medically diagnosed conditions, past traumas and sexual dysfunction to everyday compulsive, negative thinking. The podcast has over 600,000 downloads per month, a 5/5 Itunes rating where it frequently occupies the top spot in Self-Help, was chosen by Esquire as one of the best podcasts of 2016, and was featured in the 2013 PBS Documentary, A New State of Mind.

Symphony of Rhythm Drumming presentationDrum Café West Coast - In this harmony-rhythm interactive session, participants play boom whackers (tuned color percussion tubes). Participants can hear how their individual voices contribute to a greater whole. When all are working together in harmony, the power is palpable.

John Gill, is the COO of Beats Rhymes and Life (BRL). BRL will be delivering a Hip Hop Therapy presentation and performance. BRL cultivates dynamic, culturally responsive services that inspire youth to recognize their own capacity for healing and self-expression, through community engagement and the therapeutic power of Hip Hop.

Remarks by:

Zima Creason, President and CEO, Mental Health America of California
The Honorable Senator Jim Beall, 15th District

Event Organizer



If you are interested in being an exhibitor at Mental Health Matters Day, please click here for more information.





Mental Illness: It's Not Always What You Think | A Sacramento County Program

Presents: 'The Wall of Hope'

A traveling display that encourages individuals to add a message of hope and understanding about mental illness to the walls. Join the project in breaking down the barriers and stigma associated with mental illness by supporting individuals and families with your words of encouragement and solidarity.

Send Silence Packing ®

An emotionally powerful exhibit featuring backpacks and personal stories from those who have lost a loved one to suicide. The exhibit is presented by Active Minds. Visitors are invited to walk among the Send Silence Packing backpacks to see the photographs and read the stories attached to them.


Click here for more information on exhibit space.

ACLU of California
Alkermes, Inc.
Alliant International University
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Greater Sacramento Area Chapter
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
California Association of Mental Health Patients’ Rights Advocates
California Association of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations
California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies
California Behavioral Health Planning Council
California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies
California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity
California Department of Veterans Affairs
California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions
California Veterans Benefit Fund
Council on Criminal Justice & Behavioral Health (CCJBH) 
County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California
Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc.
Crossroads Diversified Services
Disability Rights California
Each Mind Matters
Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems Inc.
Kaiser Permanente
Mental Health America of California | CAYEN | Wellness Works
Mental Health America of Northern California
Mental Health Association of San Francisco
Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
NAMI California
National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter
National Union of Healthcare Workers
No Stigma No Barriers (California Youth Connection)
PEERS (Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Service)
Sacramento Native American Health Center
Sierra Vista Hospital
Stars Behavioral Health Group, Capital Star Behavioral Health
State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Steinberg Institute
The Place Within Counseling at Folsom
Turning Point Community Programs
UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence
Wellness Together