Stop Stigma Sacramento marks 10 years of encouraging self-care

10 years later, Sacramento campaign continues to inspire people to seek mental health care



>> THESE AWARD-WINNING PROFESSIONALS ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY DRUG DEAL. THEY JUST WEAR WHITE GOWNS WHILE THEY PRESCRIBE DANGEROUS LEVELS OF OPIOIDS. LISA: IN SCE 2018, THE TASK FORCE ARRESTED MORE THAN A HUNDRED PEOPLE, THAT COUNTS TO 115 MILLION PILLS. TY: A SACRAMENTO AD CAMPAIGN THAT STARTED WITH A FEW BILLBOARDS AND A HANDFUL VOLUNTEER IS NOW IN ITS TEN YEAR. AND HIS PORFWEUL MESSAGE GROWED. AS KCRA 3’S EDIE LAMBERT SHOW US. IT FEATURES PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW, WHO ARE USING THEIR OWN STORIES TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO TREAT THEMSELVES FOR MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS. ED: — EDIE: IF YOU’VE DRIVED THROUGH SACRAMENTO COUNTY, YOU’VE SEEN BILLBOARDS LIKE THIS, SHOWING PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS LIKE YOUR NEIGHBORS OR THOSE YOU WORK WITH. SOME ARE VERY PERSONAL. >> AT THE FIRST, IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO SHARING MY STORY. IT IS A HIDDEN DISEASE AND MANY PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. THIS IS EDIE: IT WAS AN ACT OF COURAGE FOR LAURA BEMIS TO APPEAR IN THE STOP STIGMA SACRAMENTO CAMPAIGN TEN YEARS AGO. SHE WAS AMONG THE VERY FIRST, AND BY CHANCE, HER DISPLAY WAS MOUNTED NEAR HER WORK, WHERE HER COLLEAGUES CAN’T MISS IT. >> THEY COME IN AND SAY I DIDN’T KNOW YOU LIVED WITH DEPRESSION. WHEN DID YOU GET DEPRESSION? IO SO JUST SHOWING ALL PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES I THINK THIS IS THE KEY TO BREAKING THE SGMTI EDIE: IT’S AT THE HEART OF THIS CAMPAIGN, AND A SIGN THAT IT’S WORKING. WHEN HE STARTED D AECADE AGO, BEMIS WAS ONE OF 4 PEOPLE WHO HAVE SIGNED UP TO TALK PUBLICLY ABOUT THEIR MENTAL HEALTH. TODAY THE STOP STIGMA SPEAKERS BUREAU HAS MORE THAN 200 VOLUNTEERS, AND THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE WAYS THE CAMPAIGN HAS EVOLVED. >> BECAUSE WE HAVE A DIVERSIFIED SUCAH COMMUNITY IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY, THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT WAYS PEOPLE CHARACTERIZE WHAT A MENTAL ISLAND IS. EDIE: AND THAT’S WHY THE CAMPAIGN IS NOW REACHING PEOPLE IN LANGUAGES FROM ENGLISH AND SPANISH TO RUSSIAN AND HMONG. ERTHE’S PROOF GOT THE MESSAGE, WITH MORE PEOPLE BELIEVING IT’S OK TO GET HELP. >> PEOPLE COMING TO PARENTS, SEARCHING FOR HELP, ASKING FOR HELP FOR THEMSELVES, FOR THEIR CHILDREN, WANTING TO KNOW HOW THEY CAN HELP THEIR CHILDREN OR WANTING TO KNOW, WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS, HOW CAN I HELP ? AND SO THE CAMPAIGN HAS DONE MUCH TO BRING EDUCATION TO THE COMMUNITY. EDIE: BEMIS SAYS PEOPLE OFTEN APPROACH HER AFTER A SPEECH, ASKING HOW TO GET HELP FOR THEMSELVES OR LOVED ONES. AND THOUGH THE CAMPAIGN HAS EVOLVED OVER TEN YEARS, ITS MESSAGE REMAINS THE SAME. >> THE MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE I HAVE FOR OTHERS IS TO LET THEM KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE. THERE ARE LOTS OF GREAT RESOURCES ON THEIR WEBSITE, INCLUDING HOW TO START THE CONVERSATION IF YOU THINK SOMEONE MAY HAVE STRUGGLES WITH MENTAL HEALTH

10 years later, Sacramento campaign continues to inspire people to seek mental health care

A Sacramento ad campaign that started with a few billboards and a handful of volunteers is now in its 10th year. Each year, the message behind Stop Stigma Sacramento has grown, involving people sharing their own struggles with mental health as a way to inspire others to get the help they need. You can find the organization’s resources here. Watch more in the video player above.

A Sacramento ad campaign that started with a few billboards and a handful of volunteers is now in its 10th year.

Each year, the message behind Stop Stigma Sacramento has grown, involving people sharing their own struggles with mental health as a way to inspire others to get the help they need.

You can find the organization’s resources here.

Watch more in the video player above.

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