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Program Information
Program Name: Stamp Out Stigma (SOS)
Agency Name: Heart & Soul, Inc.
Year the Program was Started: 1990
Public Contact Person: Carmen A. Lee
Address: 500 A Second Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401
Telephone #: (650) 343-8760
Fax #: (650) 343-8738
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Community Education
Target Participants:
Young Adults, Adults, Older Adults
Program Setting:
Annual Program Budget: $10,000-$40,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: 1-2
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? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: 1. To educate the community at large about mental health/illness issues. 2. To create a more supportive and informed community. 3. To dispel the myths and stereotypes surrounding mental illness. (Example: to reduce substance use, to develop employment skills)
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: A survey/evaluation is handed out to every audience participant. We can then find out if our program is making a positive difference in the communities we serve.
Program Mission Statement: Stamp Out Stigma (SOS) is a consumer-driven advocacy and educational outreach program, designed to make positive changes in the public perception of mental illness, and inform the community about the personal, socio-economic, and political challenges faced by people living with mental illness.
Additional Information: In nearly 18 years, Stamp Out Stigma has delivered over 1600 public presentations, and has directly reached over 75,000 people--not counting the ripple effect. Our diverse, targeted audiences include civic clubs, housing coalitions, mental health boards, police and fire departments, county boards of supervisors, television and radio talk shows, schools of medicine and nursing, crisis-suicide prevention centers, physicians and hospital administrators, graduate schools in psychopathology and social work universities, colleges, high schools, and middle schools.

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