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Shining Stars Benefit

5:30 – 9:00 PM

Rotary Summit Center
88 S. 4th St., 7th Floor
San Jose, CA 95112

Please join us for Momentum’s 21ST Annual Shining Stars Benefit.

For many, mental illness is an expression filled with negative connotations, misconceptions, and stigma, which is what makes events like Shining Stars so important.

In fact, in recent months a number of celebrities and public figures have spoken openly about their own mental health challenges in an effort to eliminate the stigma, increase awareness and offer support for those faced with similar issues.

However, stigma still exists and prevents many from seeking treatment that is available. We are committed, through collective efforts, to remove the barriers preventing access to  

high quality behavioral health care and support a health care delivery system that improves the quality of life for us all.

Your support helps to increase mental health awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use disorders.

Momentum is excited to announce our keynote speaker will be Mark Lukach. Mark is the author of the memoir My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward. He shares an intimate journey how his family learned to cope with terrifying psychosis, crippling depression, recovery and relapses that followed his wife, Giulia’s, late on-set bipolar disorder. Their marriage is redefined by mental illness and affirms the power of love and hope.

Mental Health Facts

Mental illness can be experienced by anybody regardless of age, gender, religion or socio-economic level.

  • Did You Know...

    Adults living with serious mental illness die 25 years earlier than other Americans.

  • Did You Know...

    Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States for people ages 10-24.

  • Did You Know...

    3.9% of adults in America have a mental illness and are uninsured. That is 8.1 million adults.

  • Did You Know...

    One-in-four adults – 57.7 million Americans – experience a mental disorder in a given year.

  • Did You Know...

    90% of those who die by suicide had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.

  • Did You Know...

    Two out of five children in America who needed mental health treatment did not receive it.

*Facts adapted from the California Mental Health Services Authority and the report Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015 by Mental Health America (MHA).