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10-22-2013 2-05-09 PM

Submitted by Santa Maria Dave, Keeping it Santa Maria Style!

Friday, September 27th, 2013, 6:38am

Topics: Arts & Culture, Events, News


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Many artists in our community who are living with mental illness are gearing up for their favorite event of the year by adding finishing touches to their paintings, sculptures, hand-crafted jewelry, and much more. The 20th Annual Mental Health Arts Festival, hosted by the Mental Wellness Center, will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at De La Guerra Plaza and will give the community a chance to appreciate the unique and beautiful artwork of individuals living with mental illness.

The Mental Health Arts Festival showcases the creativity of members of our community living with mental illness and helps to reduce the stigma surrounding the topic. The event connects the community at large with these creative members of our community and helps support their talents by providing a wonderful opportunity for them to display their artwork.

“Please join us at De La Guerra Plaza on October 5 to recognize the talents of those people in our community whose lives are impacted by mental illness,” said Annmarie Cameron, Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Wellness Center.

Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined together during the first week of October to celebrate and strengthen communities by promoting public education about serious mental illnesses, such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

“Stigma is a major barrier to people seeking help with their mental illness when they need it, and that is why education is so important,” Cameron said. “The Mental Health Arts Festival not only helps raise awareness, but it also gives our participants a time to creatively express themselves in unique and beautiful ways and to share that directly with our community.”

The free event features paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry, music, poetry readings and more, as well as educational materials for the general public on mental illness, treatment options and community resources. Raffle tickets are $1 and prizes include gift certificates from many local businesses.

For more information about the Arts Festival, please call the Mental Wellness Center at (805) 884-8440 or visit The Mental Wellness Center is a private, non-profit organization providing support, housing and advocacy to adults and families affected by severe mental illness.


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