Breaking Down Barriers

Know the signs. End the stigma. Start the conversation in your community about mental health.

Breaking Down Barriers is an outreach program that talks about mental wellness in underserved communities. Through small and large group educational presentations, we talk about the stigma of mental health and connect participants with community resources to help them move forward during difficult times.

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What We Do

Our Outreach Coordinators are ready to tackle the tough questions. What does mental health look like in your community? Why don’t people ask for help? How can you help loved ones who are facing challenges? Through educational presentations and group discussions, participants learn how to:

  • Identify the signs of mental health challenges
  • Engage in positive conversations about mental wellness
  • Get connected to helpful resources in their community
  • Support the well-being of their friends, family, and peers


This is strictly an educational program and we do not provide diagnoses or serve as licensed therapists.

How We Do It

Every community has a different perspective on mental wellness. That’s why our culturally-sensitive facilitators and educators reflect the diversity of San Diego.

We support the following communities:

  • African-American
  • Asian Pacific Islander
  • Latino
  • LGBTQ+
  • Middle Eastern
  • Native American
  • Refugee/African

Topics May Include:

  • Depression
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Substance Use
  • Supporting Loved Ones

1 in 5
adults in the U.S. experience mental health issues in any given year*

*National Alliance on Mental Illness

The Details

We break down our presentations into three main areas:

  • Discussing Mental Illness: Learn about the importance of supporting family and friends, treating mental illness, early types of intervention, and understanding different cultural beliefs around mental illness.
  • Understanding and Reducing the Stigma: Talk about the stigma around mental health and how to change the negative perception of asking for help.
  • Increasing Resource Awareness: Learn about resources in your community that can support those in your life who are experiencing challenges with their mental health. From counseling services to food assistance to job placement, we can connect you to the next step toward a healthy life.

We’re here to help you take the next step

Want to learn more or schedule a presentation? Contact Breaking Down Barriers.