Media Advisory: Sacramento County to Host Free Community Storytelling Event

Local project aims to encourage hope and dispel myths about mental illness

Department of Health and Human Services
Sherri Z. Heller

1/20/2015 10:00 PM

Media Contact:

Laura McCasland    (916) 875-2008


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Saturday, Jan. 24, Sacramento County is hosting “Telling Our Story to End the Stigma of Mental Illness”, a community storytelling event, to help increase awareness about mental health issues and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. The event, which is open to the public, is part of the “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project.

WHO:                   Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services and local community members  
WHAT:                 Short performances by Sacramento County residents who have been impacted by a mental illness, including those living with a mental illness or working with individuals who live with a mental illness.
WHEN:                 Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
                              2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE:               The Guild Theater
                              2828 35th Street
                              Sacramento, CA 95817
VISUALS:             The event will feature poetry, skits, short plays, and other forms of cultural expression.
RESOURCES:       The “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project, part of Sacramento County’s Mental Health Services Act initiative, seeks to promote messages of wellness, hope and recovery, dispel the myths and stereotypes surrounding mental illness, and fundamentally alter negative attitudes and perceptions about mental illness and emotional disturbance.

Seating is limited to the first 200 RSVPs. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP to with the requested number of seats and names of attendees.
For more information on Sacramento County’s stigma and discrimination reduction project, please visit