The Journey of Hope is a gallery on display at the Crocker Art Museum put on as part of the “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” Project and its Stop Stigma Speakers Bureau. The aim of the project is to raise awareness about the realities of mental illness, to reduce stigma, and to inspire hope and recovery for afflicted individuals and their families.


The exhibition will be on display at the Crocker Art Museum from November 28th, 2019 until January 5th, 2020. A panel discussion and reception will be held at the museum on Sunday, December 15th at 1:00pm.


Project Facts

The “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project was initiated by Sacramento County Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services (DHS/DBHS) in 2012 to:

  • Reduce stigma and discrimination
  • Promote mental health and wellness
  • Inspire hope for people and families living with mental illness


Project Objectives:

  • Promote positive and culturally competent messages about living with and overcoming mental illness through a multi-media promotion campaign
  • Reduce stigma and discrimination toward children, youth, adults and older adults living with serious emotional disturbance and mental illness and their families
  • Promote positive beliefs and attitudes by replacing myths and stereotypes with examples of wellness, recovery and hope
  • Target messages to diverse communities with historically low utilization rates for behavioral health services
  • Ensure cultural, including LGBTQ, age-specific, ethnic and racial communities, receive messages that are relevant and appropriate to the specific community.


Project Activities:


Key Facts about Mental Illness

Mental illness affects every ethnic, racial, economic, religious and age group. Roughly one in every five adults will experience a diagnosable mental illness during their lifetime. Approximately one out of every five children will experience emotional or behavioral difficulty. In Sacramento County, it is estimated that more than 300,000 residents are living with a mental illness.


FACT: Like heart disease or diabetes, research shows that mental illness is often a medical condition that calls for proper treatment, support and education.


FACT: Two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness never seek professional help. Many do not know where to go, don’t realize their condition is treatable or fear discrimination.


FACT: Mental health stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness is widespread and reaches all segments of society. This includes, but is not limited to, institutions of learning, employment, housing, health care settings and the media.


FACT: Stigma and discrimination can cause shame, despair, prejudice, hopelessness and ultimately prevent people living with mental illness from seeking treatment.


FACT: Self‐stigma prevents up to 60% of those with mental illness from seeking treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who suffer from chronic, untreated depression may die up to 25 years earlier than someone in the general population.


FACT: Roughly 50% of those with severe mental illness are also affected by substance abuse.  Living with both conditions significantly increases the stigma and discrimination often resulting in social isolation.


FACT: There are several myths and misconceptions about mental illness, including:

  • Individuals with mental illness are dangerous or violent.
  • Mental illness is the result of a moral failing, personal weakness or lack of willpower.
  • Mental illness is not treatable.


FACT: Help or information on mental illness is just a phone call away. For free, confidential information and referral service, call 2-1-1 [Deaf or Hard of Hearing? Call 7-1-1 to connect to 2-1-1].Journey of Hope


Information courtesy of the “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project