“Each Mind Matters” in California's Mental Health Movement

One in four American adults is living with a diagnosable mental illness in a given year, but many of them are afraid to reach out for the help they need because of the stigma associated with mental illness.

Addressing the issue head-on is the documentary “A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness,“ funded by the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63).

Created by Sacramento public television station KVIE-TV, the documentary features Californians speaking out and sharing their personal stories of mental illness. It is narrated by award-winning actress and mental health advocate Glenn Close, who speaks of her personal experience with mental illness. Each Mind Matters logo

The documentary is part of the larger campaign “Each Mind Matters (EMM): California’s Mental Health Movement," organized by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA). EMM also has the support of CalSWEC’s Mental Health Committee. The movement is an effort to unite organizations and individuals in the state to better serve those whose untreated mental illness takes an unnecessary toll on families and communities. Read more about EMM.

Save the Date: Mental Health Matters Day
Mental Health Matters Day will be held May 13 on the South Law of the Capitol Building in Sacramento.

The keynote address will be delivered by Senate President pro Tem Darrel Steinberg, author of the Mental Health Services Act. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • listen to stories of strength, hope and success,
  • take the pledge against stigma and discrimination, and
  • join inspiring mental health youth leaders in shaping the movement

For more information: 916-389-2625,

The Mental Health Services Act provided the funding and the framework necessary to transform the community mental health system from a crisis-driven system to one focused on prevention and wellness, as well as to expand services to reach previously underserved populations and all California’s diverse communities. 

Specifically, the Mental Health Services Act provides funding for community services and supports, prevention and early intervention, housing, innovation, capital facilities, technology, and workforce investment and training.