Mental Illness Awareness Week October 5-10, 2020

A Virtual Rally For Recovery 

Join Us in the Art of Hope

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Mental Illness Awareness Week

Cosponsored by Save Pine Tree Gardens Committee

Event Calendar

Chocolate Pudding In Heaven Book Cover

Monday, October 5th at 6:30 pm

Chocolate Pudding In Heaven

A virtual talk with author Maggie Newcomb on her journey from bipolar disorder and psychosis to stability and joy, described in her book Chocolate Pudding in Heaven. With dignity, humor and compassion, Maggie tells the inspiring story of her life with mental illness, solutions she has found, and ways we can end the stigma.

Hope Rock

Wednesday, October 7th at 7:00 pm

Rally for Recovery: A Virtual Video Premiere

A day to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the mental health community by viewing pre-recorded videos describing local accomplishments, as well as a video of local faith and community leaders lighting candles of hope to demonstrate NAMI-Yolo’s tradition of resilience, wisdom, and support. The day also will feature do-it-yourself art projects.

Marbles Book Cover

Friday, October 9th at 2:00 – 3:00 pm

UC Davis Campus Community Book Project presents Dr. Hendry Ton on Mental Health & Resilience

Dr. Hendry Ton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UC Davis, presents on mental health and resilience. The UC Davis Campus Community Book Project—a signature initiative of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion—will introduce the 2020-2021 program featuring Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me by Ellen Forney, a graphic memoir about bipolar disorder.

NAMI Yolo County hosted Mental Illness Awareness Week October 5 – 10, 2020 as part of the annual national campaign to educate, fight stigma, and empower our community. NAMI Yolo County teamed up with the Save Pine Tree Gardens Committee and the UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to promote virtual events during the week and raise money to fund landscaping improvements at two Davis homes for adults living with mental illness, Pine Tree Gardens East and West.

Thank you to everyone who participated in learning more about local resources available to assist with these concerns and to celebrate the resilience of individuals and families affected by mental health challenges.

Want to help? Join NAMI-Yolo as a member or volunteer.

Donate to join the growing list of wonderful people supporting Mental Illness Awareness Week and the Save Pine Tree Gardens Committee’s work to landscape the backyards at Pine Tree Gardens East and Pine Tree Gardens West.


Presenting Sponsors ($1500+)

  • Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza & Donna Provenza
  • Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor & Julie Saylor
  • UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May & LeShelle May
  • Sabrina Moyle & Julian Abdey
  • Judy Boock Davis
  • Marilyn & Peter Moyle
  • Brian Foster
  • Samantha Good & Chris Kirkham
  • Lindsay Weston
  • Capital Group
  • Nancy Temple
  • University Covenant Church
  • Consero Solutions
  • Turning Point Community Programs
  • Kathy Williams-Fossdahl

Host Sponsors ($1000+)

  • Vice-Mayor Lucas Frerichs
  • Reed & Susan Youmans
  • Leslie Carroll
  • Petrea & Vince Marchand
  • Linda Deos
  • River City Bank
  • Kim Eichorn
  • Corner Drug
  • Dr. Ah Young (Nora) Kim
  • Anya & Richard McCann

Sponsors  ($500+)

  • Bill & Nancy Roe
  • Robin Kulakow and Bill Julian
  • John & Judy Whitcombe
  • Angelike Dexter and Brett Goldblatt
  • Ellen and Paul Kolarik
  • Dan Dowling
  • George Huebeck
  • Jane Newcomb (in honor of Margaret Newcomb)

Champion ($100+)

  • Sid England & Randy Beaton
  • Helen Thomson
  • Vicki Plutchok
  • Kirstin & Tom Sego
  • Will Uecker & Karen Fess-Uecker
  • Todd & Monica Witkin
  • J.M. Eadie
  • Rick & Monique Moniz
  • Susan Shelton
  • Cass Sylvia
  • Linda Birse
  • Tara Morin
  • Vicki Plutchok
  • Linda Wight
  • Carol Browning
  • Sara Gavin
  • Jennifer Stern
  • Meta & Kyle Valentic
  • Catherine Lewis
  • Joe & Mary Cech
  • Cathie & John Duniway
  • Arianne Groth & John Stephens
  • Randy & Janet Lauchaire
  • Councilmember Brett Lee
  • Lily Roberts & Robert Bakke
  • Jenifer Price
  • Lill Birdsall
  • George Galamba
  • Katharine Price
  • Feisty Fashion
  • Dorothy Callison
  • Rita Bosworth
  • Kathleen Moore
  • Deborah Kimokeo
  • Alice Christensen
  • Margaret Donegan
  • Phil Garrity
  • Margaret Levin
  • Andreas Albrecht &  Melissa Lyans
  • Mary Mallory
  • Nancy Schaezlein-Zipse
  • Daniel Tomasello
  • Patricia Ryan
  • Penelope and Jim Shackleford
  • Lori Prizmich
  • Jason & Dale Taormino
  • Lydia Baskin
  • Natalie Nelson
  • Margaret Rubinstein
  • Turid Reid
  • John & Anna Ferrera
  • Phillip Livingstone
  • Robert Kerr
  • Elizabeth & Cary Christopher
  • Mavonne Garrity
  • Monique Moniz