Stand Against Stigma Committee

Join the Stand Against Stigma Committee!

The Stand Against Stigma Committee works to promote mental wellness, increase community awareness of mental health and end the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance abuse. The committee helps promote the Stand Against Stigma campaign and plan mental health month events in May. Stand Against Stigma also collaborates with Shasta Suicide Prevention.

The Stand Against Stigma Committee is open to all interested members of the public. It meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month online via GoToTraining. Use this link to register to attend meetings: When it is safe to gather in person, committee meetings will change back to being in-person.

To be added to the e-mail list, contact Christopher Diamond at

Major Stand Against Stigma Committee projects:


  • The Brave Faces Portrait Gallery - An ongoing project in which real Shasta County residents who live with mental illness or have been affected by  suicide tell their stories of recovery through photographs and oral histories. (Right: Brave Faces advocate Mike Skondin)


  • Minds Matter Resource Fair - Held every May, Minds Matter connects residents with mental health resources and promotes awareness about wellness. Everyone has mental health, and everyone needs to care for their mental health. Watch a short video about the 2015 fair.

  • billy-rigginsThe Hope Is Alive! Open Mic Series - About once a quarter, we collaborate with dozens of local spoken word poets, musicians, rappers and dancers to organize these mental health-themed open mic nights. Hope Is Alive! events have drawn large crowds and incredibly diverse and talented performers. The events show that art and creativity play major roles in dealing with hard times. 
    Watch a video about how Hope Is Alive! has helped spread awareness about suicide prevention. 

  • Get Better Together Campaign - This campaign aims to connect 16-25 year-olds with peers who are dealing with heavy issues. 
  • Stand Against Stigma Speakers Bureau - Often integrated into the Brave Faces Portrait Gallery presentations, the speakers bureau now has 25 trained speakers. They present their stories of recovery from mental illness or the loss of a loved one to suicide. They have presented at more than 300 local venues, ranging from Redding East Rotary to LGBT support groups. See our speaker bios page to learn more about the Brave Faces. 

    See this Brave Faces fact sheet to learn more about our speaker presentations.

    If you're interested in scheduling a presentation for your community group, class or organization, fill out this form


What's Happening?

Catch up with the Stand Against Stigma Committee's meeting notes.