(Sacramento) The Steinberg Institute is pleased to announce the return of its annual Champions program, which honors individuals who have significantly contributed to improving the lives of those living with mental health and substance use issues in California. This year’s Champions will be announced each week in May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.
Founded in 2018, the Champions program has recognized Californians who work in mental health policy, advocacy, and service. By highlighting their values and work, the program celebrates the good they are doing and positions them as leaders in the community.
The Steinberg Institute’s mission includes inspiring leadership in the mental health and substance use field. The Champions program accomplishes this by amplifying the stories of mental health advocates across California and inspiring others to become mental health advocates.
Last year’s Champions included Tam Nguyen, a former Army combat medic who is now a program supervisor at Be Well OC in Orange County and Gulshan Yusufzai, Executive Director of the Muslim American Society Social Services Foundation, which provides critical mental health services to the Muslim community of Sacramento.
Each Champion’s story is told through impactful and compelling videos at steinberginstitute.org/champions, produced by Ethical Narrative, a Sacramento-based production company specializing in storytelling services for non-profit organizations.
This year’s Champions positively impact lives in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2023 Steinberg Institute Champions, which will begin May 2nd and continue through the first four weeks in May via email and social media. For more information on the Steinberg Institute and the Champions program, visit steinberginstitute.org/champions.