Sacramento County Anti-Stigma Project Offers Support for LGBTQ Community Members with Mental Illness Who are Afraid to Seek Help

It is estimated that one in five people live with mental illness in the world. But many do not seek out support or treatment because they worry they will lose their jobs, their friends or family, or be isolated because of the stigma associated with having a mental illness.

Sacramento County’s “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project reaches out to LGBTQ family members, friends, and individuals of all ages to let them know that they are not alone. Support and resources are available in many languages online. All anyone needs to do is visit the website to learn more about mental illness, mental health stigma and organizations and resources in the community that can provide support or information.
The County is currently celebrating the 5th year of its “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project. During that time, it has continued to engage many community leaders, and mental health experts to end discrimination associated with mental illness.

Please join the County in visiting an upcoming mental health art exhibit and reception at the Elk Grove Fine Art Center on Saturday, Oct. 7, in recognition of National Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct 1-7. The exhibit pairs local artists and writers from all cultures to share stories about mental health and will be on display Oct. 7-21.

Good things happen when communities come together to offer messages of wellness, hope and recovery through culturally meaningful mental health information and education.

For more information about Mental Illness Awareness Week or the Journey of Hope art exhibit please visit

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