Keeping Mental Health Stigma Out of Schools

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Arbuckle and Colusa Middle School students recently learned how to reduce mental health stigmas when Sacramento’s B Street Theater brought its production, ‘Walk In Our Shoes’ to their schools on March 2-3, 2016.

Arbuckle and Colusa Middle School students recently learned how to reduce mental health stigmas when Sacramento’s B Street Theater brought its production, ‘Walk In Our Shoes’ to their schools on March 2-3, 2016.

Arbuckle and Colusa Middle School students recently learned how to reduce mental health stigmas when Sacramento’s B Street Theater brought its production, ‘Walk In Our Shoes’ to their schools on March 2-3, 2016.

The play highlights positive, authentic and age appropriate stories as an educational tool for 9-13 year olds.

Students discovered how mental health challenges are common, the different types of mental health challenges as well as how those facing mental health challenges manage and recover to live normal and healthy lives.

At the end of the performance, students were given the opportunity to discuss mental health topics with the actors based about the play.

The school-based performance was funded through CalMHSA funds through the voter-approved Proposition 63. The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is working to reduce stigma associated with mental illnesses by de‐bunking myths and educating 9‐13 year olds about mental wellness.

For more information about Walk in Our Shoes, visit http://walkinourshoes.org. For more information about Sacramento’s B Street Theater visit https://bstreettheatre.org.