300 BC2M High School club members gathered in San Francisco on November 2nd to mark our 4th Annual Student Summit. Thanks to our amazing host, Pinterest, these teens spent an afternoon engaging in mental health conversations, participating in exciting activities, and meeting other students from around the Bay Area. We are so grateful for our keynote speaker, Jen Gotch, CCO and founder of ban.do, in sharing her personal story and path to successfully managing her mental illness. She spent hours engaging in Q&A following her time on stage! After a morning filled with various speakers and an exciting activity fair, our students dispersed into breakout sessions where they chose workshop tracks covering the following topics: Advocacy in High School and Beyond; Mental Health & Interpersonal Relationships; Mental Health in the 21st Century; and Identity and Mental Health. The track system was a hit and our students gave us amazing feedback on this new change we implemented.
The BC2M Summit is one of the biggest highlights of the year for the students and allows them to learn from one another, build a movement of change in their community, deepen their understanding of mental health topics, and make life-long friends. With the inspiration and hope that filled the room, we know that these students will put an end to stigma and create a more empathetic and compassionate world. Special thanks to our sponsors for making the event possible: Pinterest, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.
An Extraordinary Evening Fighting the Stigma
Sydel Curry and Damion Lee, Ben Stiller and Zak Williams, Dave Grohl and Violet Grohl
For the last seven years, Bring Change to Mind has set aside one night each Fall to celebrate Revels & Revelations. This magical night is meant to bring our stories forward; highlight our student advocates; laugh, cry and sing along to wonderful entertainers; and most importantly, fund our efforts to end stigma. October 17th in San Francisco was quite a night and we wish you all could have been with us. 24 BC2M High School club members represented their peers at Revels and shared the work they are doing on their campuses and why mental health advocacy is so important to them. Their stories are courageous and inspirational. Each guest was asked to share why they support BC2M – the students later brought these notes and special intentions to the stage in a very emotional processional.
We were honored to bestow the third Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award to Ben Stiller. His heartfelt acceptance speech made for an emotional evening. Performances at Revels included the incredible line up of: Darren Criss, Dave Koz, JB Smoove, Malin Akerman, Margaret Cho, Charles Jones, and the beautiful voice of Violet Grohl, accompanied by her father, Dave Grohl, and Rami Jaffee of the Foo Fighters. Our hearts continue to soar as we think of the generosity of each person in the room that night.
We thank those that attended, have made contributions to support our work or choose to share our work on social media. A special thanks to our Revels partners: American Airlines, VX Capital, St. Regis San Francisco, WindRacer wines, and Ideas Events. Together we will save lives and put an end to stigma.
Take a moment to watch a few highlights from the night!
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