Category Archives: Stigma Reduction

“See and Be Seen” A Group Art Exhibition Exploring Mental Health Awareness, Wellness and Resilience

Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Contractor RS&E and NAMI California will facilitate an art exhibition in Orange County titled, “See and Be Seen,” which features art created during hands-on arts workshops for persons facing mental health challenges.

These exhibitions give consumers the opportunity to present themselves in a creative and empowering way, emphasizing their experiences of hope, wellness and resilience.

The Orange County exhibition is running through April 27th, 2014 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at the Hibbleton Gallery located at 223 W. Santa Fe Ave in Fullerton.
The artist reception takes place Saturday, March 15th, 2014 from 12:30pm to 5:30pm.

Contact (714) 420-8524 for more information.

Orange County Anti-Stigma Arts Network Art Exhibition Event Announcement

Seeking Judges for Directing Change

The Directing Change Student Video Contest asks high school and University of California students throughout California to Direct Change by submitting 60-second films in two categories: Suicide Prevention or Ending the Silence of Mental Illness. The contest aims to engage youth and to further suicide prevention and mental health efforts in California schools and universities. For more info, visit

We are now seeking judges to help us select the winning videos. Do you have expertise/interest in directing, writing, editing, acting, journalism, public service announcements, video production, suicide prevention and/or mental health? Contact us about becoming a judge today! The entire process would take less than 2 hours of your time, all of which can be done online from home.

Judges …

  • Participate in a brief 10-20 minute judging orientation in February and March 2014 (via phone or webinar)
  • Review up to 10 sixty-second video submissions and complete an online scoring form for each (time commitment of less than two hours.) The judging period will be taking place in late March/early April 2014.
  • Are invited (but not required) to attend the award ceremony in Sacramento in May, 2014.
  • Are recognized on the contest website and in the award ceremony program

Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

For more information contact Lauren Hee: or 916-567-0163 ext. 104

Generation Next Invites College Students to Tell Stories About Mental Health

The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC)’s Generation Next, a program of TEAM Up (Tools for Entertainment And Media), launched its film/television, journalism, and social media competition and its faculty curricular support program this month. The competition gives students in the CSU, UC, and California Community College systems, as well as private colleges and universities across California, the opportunity to practice meaningful and socially-conscious storytelling while exploring an essential topic: mental health.

Tools for Entertainment and Media

Entertainment Industries Council TEAM Up (Tools for Entertainment and Media) Initiative created a Style Guide for Journalists and others who report on stories touching on mental health issues. TEAM Up, funded by California’s Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63), has solicited ideas and information from journalists, entertainment industry leaders and mental health experts to create these resources. Media and entertainment professionals can play a significant role in the public’s understanding of mental health. Inaccurate or unbalanced portrayals of individuals living with mental illness fuel misconceptions and subsequent discrimination, which deter individuals from seeking services and support for their mental health challenges. TEAM Up is one of the Prevention and Early Intervention projects administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority and headed up by EIC.