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Program Information
Program Name: S.O.L.V.E.
Agency Name: Mental Health Association of San Francisco
Year the Program was Started: 2009
Address: 870 Market St. Ste 928
San Francisco , CA 94102
Telephone #: (415) 421-2926
Fax #: (415) 421-2928
Email Address: None
Website URL:
Program Category: Community Education, Recovery Education
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Annual Program Budget: $100,000-$200,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 1-2
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 20+
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Sometimes
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: Sharing Our Lives, Voices and Experiences (SOLVE) is a peer education program in which individuals with lived experience of mental health challenges share their personal stories with the community to reduce discrimination and self-stigma, structural stigma, and societal stigma--all of which interfere with the quality of life of people with lived experience.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: 75 Presentations were given to 1600 people in San Francisco
Program Mission Statement: The mission of SOLVE is to reduce mental health stigma in the community and increase respect and dignity for those faced with mental health challenges. SOLVE is a speakers bureau that was developed as an outlet to raise awareness in the community about mental health conditions and reduce the stigma associated with it.
Additional Information: SOLVE provides educational, accessible, and informative presentations in the community. SOVLE will target communities that are severely under-served or traditionally susceptible to stigma, and therefore less likely to access support for prevention and recovery. Outreach materials and presentations are culturally competent and will include information in four threshold languages: Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Tagalog. Educational materials are provided on anti-stigma and mental health conditions in the above identified languages.

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