Tuesday, June 4, 2013

NAMI California Featured in "A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness"


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NAMI California Featured in "A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness"

Last night, PBS stations across California premiered "A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness," an inspiring documentary that tells the stories of everyday people to shatter myths about mental illness, highlighting the struggles faced by those with mental health challenges, and their hope, resilience and recovery. It plays again tonight on San Francisco's PBS channel KQED at 10:30 pm, and the show will be available to view online at http://www.eachmindmatters.org/ on June 3. 

NAMI California is proud to see so many of our NAMI friends and leaders featured in this documentary film. A few of these Special Guests included:
  • Keris Myrick, President and CEO of Project Return Peer Support, President of NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness)
  • Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D., First Vice President of NAMI California, Affiliate: NAMI Sacramento & NAMI Yolo
  • Amanda Lipp, Student at UC at Davis and Member of the NAMI California Board of Directors, Affiliate: NAMI Sacramento  
  • Paul Cumming, former member, NAMI California Board of Directors.     
Through the stories of real Californians, viewers of "A New State of Mind" will come to understand that mental health challenges are more common than they think, that they can be managed and that recovery is possible. Elyn Saks, professor of law at the USC Gould School of Law and author, former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy and five-time Olympic medalist diver Greg Louganis are among the many subjects profiled in the hour-long documentary narrated by actress Glenn Close.

"A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness" is produced by KVIE, Sacramento's PBS station, as part of a comprehensive statewide effort to increase the number of people who seek early help for mental challenges by reducing stigma and discrimination around mental illness. It is a Prevention and Early Intervention program of California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working together to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities, and funded by the voter-approved California Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63).

To learn more about "A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness" and California's mental health movement, visit EachMindMatters.org.


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