Mental Health Matters Day
Building Momentum & Strength TOGETHER

Please join Executive Officer Stephanie Welch, Council on Mentally Ill Offenders, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and Mental Health America for Mental Health Matters Day at the State Capitol on May 24, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The event will be located on the east side of the Capitol building.

COMIO’s primary goal is to investigate and promote cost-effective strategies to prevent adults and juveniles with mental health and substance use needs from incarceration or recidivism. Promoting mental health awareness and fighting the stigma associated with mental illness is imperative to meeting that goal.

The free public event will be hosted by Mental Health America, Each Mind Matters, leading mental health organizations, and community leaders to provide resources and raise awareness about the important work being done to improve the lives of those with mental health challenges.

By hosting Mental Health Matters Day, California leaders aim to strengthen our community, divert people from incarceration, and end stigmas associated with mental health.

The Mental Health Matters Day event will feature the following keynote speakers:
Richard Dryfuss, Actor, will share his lived experiences and how they may have had an impact on his personal and professional life.

Lisa Klien, Director, The S Word. A film about a suicide attempt survivor on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of unguarded courage, insight, and humor.

Kevin Berthia will share his story of healing and mental health advocacy. He 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 into San Francisco Bay. He will speak on the topic of suicide prevention, including his efforts to successfully convince Kevin Berthia to not jump off the bridge on March 11, 2005.
For additional event information, please visit the Mental Health Matters Day and join the EachMind Matters social media movement.

Among other things, the event will include mobile food trucks starting at 11:30 a.m. and, live entertainment. Urban Beats will provide an innovative artistic expression program for transitional age youth.
The event is sponsored by California Coalition for Mental Health, National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter, and SMUD. Will you be attending? RSVP on Facebook and share the event details.
For information about CDCR or COMIO, please contact the Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-4950.