Join Mental Health America in California (MHAC) May 24 for Mental Health Matters Day: Building Momentum and Strength Together. The annual Mental Health Month celebration will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the East Steps of the State Capitol.

“We believe passionately in the power of building momentum and strength together to better the lives of people living with mental health challenges,” MHAC says. “Speaking up about mental health is an essential part of battling stigma, and our voices are amplified when we speak up together. By hosting Mental Health Matters Day, we continue to strengthen our community and the movement to increase mental wellness for all Californians.”

This year’s speakers include Kevin Berthia, who will share his story of despair, suicidal ideation, healing and mental health advocacy at the Mental Health Matters Day event. Berthia will speak on the topic of suicide prevention and the events that led to March 11, 2005, when he stood on the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, ready to take his life.

Kevin Briggs, a retired California Highway Patrol officer, will share his story of stopping more than 200 people from jumping to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco Bay. Briggs will speak on the topic of suicide prevention, including his efforts to successfully convince Berthia to not jump off the bridge on March 11, 2005.

This year’s emcee is Paul Gilmartin, former host of TBS’ “Dinner and a Movie,” stand-up comedian (“Comedy Central Presents”) and host of the Mental Illness Happy Hour. The event includes informational booths, powerful speakers, live entertainment and food.

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See the flyer for event details: 2017 MHMD Flyer_07_050517