"A Beautiful Mind: Addressing Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination Towards Youth."
In 2004, California voters approved Proposition 63, the Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) to build an effective community based mental health system. Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) programs are vital to this system that aims to connect people with treatment and services, and to dramatically reduce the negative consequences of leaving mental illness untreated.
In 2013, TBS was awarded a mini Stigma and Discrimination Reducation (SDR) grant contracted through the State of California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA). The SDR grant helped us to establish and form a small speakers bureau dedicated to reducing stigma and discrimination in San Bernardino County particularly for reaching youth. In 2014, TBS was awarded another mini SDR contract with the award winning Mental Health Association of San Francisco to continue our very important outreach.
The Brightest Star, Inc. is committed to stopping stigma and discrimination in our community towards children and teens living with mental illness. Mental illness affects one in five youth. Many are too afraid to talk and speak about it due to embarrassment or shame. Stigma cause shame, prejudice, and hopelessness and the inhibits young people thriving with mental illness from seeking treatment. Therefore, we have developed a Speakers Bureau to STOMP OUT and address mental health stigma towards youth. We provide these educational presentations FREE of CHARGE!
If you would like to invite a Speaker to educate, motivate action, or inspire change in your agency, service group, community group, organization, nonprofit or school, the presentations are FREE. We also provide "OPEN, HONEST, PROUD" workshops where those living with mental illness share their stories of challenge and recovery.
Please contact us at (909) 875-2968.