Caminar's First Annual Mental Health Symposium Was a Success

Mental Health Professionals Shared Their Wisdom about New Research, Technology, and the Stigma Associated with Mental Illness

Hillsborough, CA: The evening of May 7th was a memorable one for mental health advocates, friends, staff members, and family members of Caminar who gathered at one of the most picturesque spots on the peninsula, the Carolands Chateau in Hillsborough, California. After touring the chateau and taking in the original client artwork, architecture, and breathtaking views, guests assembled to listen to compelling presentations by mental health professionals from Stanford, UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley and one who has experienced mental illness first hand. 

Among the panelists were Stephen Hinshaw, PhD., Manpreet Singh, M.D., M.S., Vikaas Sohal, M.D., PhD., and Brandon Staglin, a leading mental health advocate who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1990. Steven Adelsheim, M.D, moderated the event.

 Panelists from l-r: Brandon Staglin, Dr. Manpreet Singh, Dr. Vikaas Sohal, Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, and Moderator Dr. Steven Adelsheim.

Panelists from l-r: Brandon Staglin, Dr. Manpreet Singh, Dr. Vikaas Sohal, Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, and Moderator Dr. Steven Adelsheim.

Each speaker took a turn at the podium, sharing either personal stories of mental health conditions or the implications of their research and studies in the field. The panelists shared groundbreaking information regarding the scientific and social impacts of mental illness in the community. Despite a wide array of topics presented, there seemed to be a common theme: although we have a long way to go, the apparent increase in public awareness around mental health issues is encouraging. New research has led to discoveries about how the brain works; and advances in technology and medicine have changed the way we diagnose and treat these often debilitating conditions. As one guest mentioned, “It’s great to hear that there are so many other parts of successful treatment than medications alone!”

There were 160 attendees at the sold-out event, and overall feedback was very positive. One guest stated “The panelists were fantastic, and shed light on current studies and researches on mental health.” Another wrote “I felt chills listening to Dr. Hinshaw’s remarks.” Since 1 in 4 Americans will experience a mental health condition at some point in their life, chances are that you or someone you know will be affected. While the information that was shared is promising, it does no good if the stigma attached to mental illness prevents people from seeking help. It is Caminar’s goal, with help from community partners, mental health advocates, and professionals in the field, to shed a light on mental health issues and break down barriers to treatment.

“…we are all hungry for information, hungry to know that research holds hope for many, and on the same page about the importance for reducing the stigma of mental illness.” –Symposium guest.

A video recording of this event will be available to view online on our website by June 1st .  If you missed this event, we plan to host another educational symposium next year during May, Mental Health Awareness Month, and invite you to join us at the next one.

To watch each speaker's presentation, please click here.