Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services is elated to host our first gala event in four years on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at the Skirball Cultural Center’s outdoor Taper Courtyard from 6 to 9pm.

We’ll build on the incredible legacy of our decades-long running Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards, with a reinvigorated and re-envisioned live event, Mental Health Heroes. In this milestone anniversary year of Didi Hirsch’s unwavering service to the community, our theme for the event is Celebrating 80 Years of Hope & Healing.

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Join us for an inspirational evening as we highlight and honor heroes who are making a positive and measurable impact in our community. We look forward to lifting up the incredible work of our front-line mental health care staff and volunteer heroes—who never stopped delivering vital services throughout and beyond the pandemic. And, we will celebrate the heroes—past and present—who use their voices and platforms to bring hope, healing and mental health care access to more people in need.

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The heightened groundswell of mental health awareness we have seen over these past few years is matched by a wave of incredible need. The lack of access to mental health services and supports still remains for so many children, teens, and adults—especially in communities where discrimination and injustice limit that access.

Didi Hirsch continues to step up to answer the call, and is expanding and deepening our support to more people in crisis. This event enables us to raise vital resources that will change lives and propel us to a future where everyone can thrive with access to high-quality care that treats mental health and physical health as inseparable.

Event Legacy

We are deeply proud of what Erasing the Stigma has built over the decades. Didi Hirsch took a lead role in sparking positive conversations about mental health in 1997 by presenting former second lady of the United States Tipper Gore with a Leadership Award at its first Erasing the Stigma Awards.

Since then, we have honored dozens of artists, advocates, researchers, writers and sports figures who have kept the conversation going. Past honorees include Dustin Hoffman, Quincy Jones, Carrie Fisher, Selena Gomez, Congressman Jamie Raskin, former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, Terry Bradshaw, Melissa Rivers, Judy Collins, Rick Springfield, Kid Cudi, the NFL Players Association and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. Because of their advocacy, there is less shame and silence around mental illness. We are excited to recognize this year’s impressive honorees, celebrate the past 80 years of work at Didi Hirsch, and look forward to the future with the Mental Health Heroes event.