The 2013 Stamp Out Stigma (SOS) Rally in Colusa County is shaping up to be a great event said Mental Health Services Act coordinator Dereck Parks.
This year’s rally on May 13 will feature dinner on the patio at Steelhead Lodge Bar & Grill with Assemblyman Dan Logue as keynote speaker. Tickets are now available.
There will also be a Behavioral Health consumer speaker sharing his story of recovery, and music performed by Samuel Krouse. Colusa County Chamber of Commerce executive director Gary Teragawa will serve as master of ceremonies.
“We are hoping that this year’s event will provide the kind of evening our consumers will enjoy, as well as provide an opportunity for our community to share in the success we see on a daily basis with mental health and the recovery process,” said Parks.
The dinner/rally is just the beginning though. It will kick off a series of events being planned for the week of May 13-17 which has been designated Stamp Out Stigma Week in Colusa County.
Parks committed that the SOS activities are a collaborative effort of Colusa County Behavioral Health (CCBH) and Health & Human Services (HHS). “We are very pleased that HHS has agreed to partner with Behavioral Health just as it did for the 2012 SOS week featuring Native American flutist and traditional storyteller Keith Bear.
In October 1990 Stamp Out Stigma was formed by a group of individuals, diagnosed with mental illness, who were dismayed at the media’s portrayal of the mentally ill as being violent, unproductive, uneducated, dangerous and an economic drain on society. Their goal was to create an organization that would provide educational outreach to the community in order to dispel the negative myths and stereotypes to create a more informed and supportive community. In order to spread their message and personal experiences Stamp Out Stigma chose a unique approach to communicating with the community – an interactive panel of four to six speakers share their personal stories with an audience thus giving them a personal glimpse into the lives of real people living with mental illness.
The SOS planning committee is currently finalizing the week’s events. Meanwhile, tickets for the May 13 dinner are now on sale. Tickets are available for $20 each or two for $35 and may be purchased at Safe Haven Drop-In Center located at 131 5th Street in Colusa or by calling Valerie Stirling at (530) 458-0856 or Kathy Craigo Media Consulting at (530) 458-3704. Seating is limited so it is advisable to make reservations early. Groups, individuals or organizations are also invited to purchase tickets for individuals who may otherwise not be able to attend. ■