According to the United States Surgeon General, “stigmatization of people with mental disorders has persisted throughout history…In its more overt and egregious form, stigma results in outright discrimination and abuse. More tragically, it deprives people of their dignity and interferes with their full participation in society” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999, p. 6).
This was no secret to the many people with mental health disabilities and peers with lived experience who experience stigma and discrimination every day. To advocate for change, many peer-led advocacy groups advocated to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
The California Memorial Project seeks to preserve the history of the consumer/survivor movement by conducting research and interviewing disability rights activists about their personal experiences and stories. By creating a documentary for future generations, the CMP furthers its mission to restore honor and dignity to people with psychiatric and developmental disabilities.