May 24, 2017

Capitol Building - East side•Sacramento, CA

Join us as we celebrate Mental Health Month!

We believe passionately in the power of awareness, action and change to better the lives of those with mental health challenges. Speaking up about mental health is an essential part of battling stigma, and our voices are amplified when we speak up together. By hosting Mental Health Matters Day, we continue to strengthen our community and the movement towards ending stigma.

This is a free event! Prepare for outdoor seating, bring folding chairs and picnic seating. 


                                     9:30 a.m. - DJ entertainment & exhibit tables open

10:00 a.m. - Official Welcome

          10:30 a.m. - Speakers & Entertainers

  1:55 p.m. - Closing comments

     Food trucks arrive at 11:30 a.m.

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To learn more about the advocacy focus for Mental Health Matters Day 2017, click here!

Mental Health Matters Day Program

Event MC

                 Paul Gilmartin, Former TV host (TBS’ Dinner and a Movie), stand-up comedian (Comedy Central Presents) and                    host of the Mental Illness Happy Hour.

Keynote Speakers

                 Richard Dreyfuss, Actor - best known for starring in American Graffiti, Jaws, Stand By Me, Close Encounters of                    the Third Kind, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Goodbye Girl, , and Mr. Holland's Opus. In 1978, the 30-year-                  old actor was the youngest person to win a Best Actor Oscar for The Goodbye Girl.  Perhaps what is lesser known                  is that he has lived experience with mental health challenges.  Richard Dreyfuss will share his story of those                                challenges and what impact they may have had on both his personal and his professional life.

Lisa Klein, is the director of The S Word, a powerful new documentary that puts a face on a subject that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it's claimed. As the survivor of both her father's and brother's suicides, she struggled with the "whys" for years, along with the guilt, shame, and confusion that lingers in suicide's wake. She will talk about the journey that ultimately compelled her to make this film.

Kelechi Ubozoh will share her story of surviving a suicide attempt and her path of recovery that brought her to work in the California mental health consumer movement. Kelechi will speak about utilizing her story in the new documentary, The S Word, to bring more awareness to mental health and suicide in the African American community.

Kevin Berthia will speak on the topic of suicide prevention and the events that led to March 11, 2005 when he stood on the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, ready to take his life.

Kevin Briggs, a retired California Highway Patrol officer, will share his story of stopping upwards of two hundred people from jumping to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge, including his efforts to successfully convince Kevin Berthia to not jump off the bridge on March 11, 2005.

Cindy Martinez, Board Member, California Youth Empowerment Network presenting “My Story, A Young American that Happens to be an Undocumented Immigrant with Lived Experience of Mental Health Challenges.” The original author may remain anonymous due to her documentation status and the current political climate.

Rudy Caseres  is a public speaker, writer, and vlogger who shares his story of living with bipolar.  His content has been featured on The Mighty, This is My Brave, Wear Your Label, BP Magazine, and HealthyPlace.  

Live Entertainment

Urban Beats - An innovative artistic expression program for transitional age youth (TAY). The Urban Beats program utilizes the arts and social media as a platform for TAY to express themselves without judgement, improve wellness and enhance their self-sufficiency. 

Food Trucks

Cecil’s Taste

Gyro King




Thank you to our generous sponsors! If you are interested in sponsoring Mental Health Matters Day, please click here for more information.


Event Organizer



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



  • Alkermes, Inc.
  • Alliant International University
  • Anti-Recidivism Coalition
  • California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations
  • California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS)
  • California Coalition for Youth
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professions (CCAPP)
  • California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
  • California Primary Care Association
  • California Youth Connection
  • California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN)
  • Counseling California (sponsored by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists)
  • Crossroads Diversified Services
  • Disability Rights California
  • Downtown TAY
  • Each Mind Matters
  • Goodwill of Sacramento Valley, Wind Youth Services, Next Move
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mental Health America of California
  • Mental Health Association of Northern California
  • Mental Health Association of San Francisco
  • "Mental Illness: It's Not Always What You Think" - Sacramento County
  • NAMI California
  • National Holistic Institute: The Massage Garage Pit Crew with Jo Bruno
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • Nile Sisters Development Initiative
  • Office of Patients’ Rights
  • Pathways - Urban Beats
  • Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Service (PEERS)
  • Peer Recovery Art Project Incorporated
  • Steinberg Institute
  • Sutter Health
  • The S Word (Documentary Film)
  • TLCS, Inc.
  • Urban Beats - Pathways
  • Wellness Together
  • Wellness Works
  • Yolo Community Care Continuum

                                 Art Exhibitors

“Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” is Sacramento County's Mental Health Month art display that features artwork from Sacramento County residents that are living with mental illness, or who support others that may be living with mental illness. All art displayed helps to dispel myths and stereotypes about mental illness and promote messages of wellness, hope and recovery.

        Painted Brain creates lasting community based solutions to mental health challenges and the impact of         social injustice through arts, advocacy and enterprise.

        Peer Recovery Art Gallery