In our society, the stigma around mental illness can be more damaging to a person’s quality of life than the illness itself. Speak Our Minds is an online resource for millions of Californians coming together to fight stigma and promote awareness, compassion and acceptance. Speak Our Minds makes it easy to find a mental health expert speaker, and offers tools to help speakers sharpen their stigma-fighting skills. Find Out More.

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Tools for Speakers

The tools and resources you will find here were developed by the CalMHSA Stigma and Discrimination Reduction initiative and its partners. They include messages and materials to help public speakers incorporate stigma and discrimination-related information into their presentations.

Featured Tools

If you are not sure where to start, we recommend Why Stigma?


Contact Us

Please complete the form below to contact us with any questions or requests.

If you are a mental health speaker and would like to join a speakers bureau, use the Find a Speaker tool to locate a bureau in your county. You may then contact that bureau directly to inquire about their speaker training and placement process.






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About Speak Our Minds

In our society, the stigma around mental illness can be more damaging than the illness itself. Speak Our Minds is an online resource for millions of Californians coming together to fight stigma and promote awareness, compassion and acceptance. Speak Our Minds makes it easy to find a mental health speaker, and offers tools to help speakers sharpen their stigma-fighting skills.

Speak Our Minds is a product of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement. Each Mind Matters is a statewide grassroots movement that uses a full range of prevention and early intervention strategies to reduce stigma and discrimination and improve mental health outcomes for all Californians.

Each Mind Matters - California's Mental Health Movement

CalMHSA

The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. Prevention and early intervention (PEI) initiatives implemented by CalMHSA include Stigma and Discrimination Reduction, Suicide Prevention and Student Mental Health, all of which are funded through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63). For more information, visit www.calmhsa.org.

Proposition 63

In November 2004 California voters passed Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Prop. 63 provided the funding and the framework needed to transform the community mental health system from a crisis-driven system to one focused on prevention and wellness and to expand services to reach previously underserved populations and all of California’s diverse communities.

Specifically, the MHSA provides funding for community services and supports, prevention and early intervention (PEI), housing, innovation, capital facilities, technology and workforce investment and training.

This program is funded by counties through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63). It is one of several Prevention and Early Intervention Initiatives implemented by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of California counties working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. CalMHSA encourages the use of materials contained herein, as they are explained in our licensing agreements. To view the agreements, please click here