Mental Health Awareness
Encouraging all Californians to raise awareness about mental health and improving access to mental health services is a critical component of the Department of Health Care Services’ mission. Raising awareness reduces the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and seeking treatment.
Without treatment, mental health disorders can reach a crisis point.
As the World Health Organization states, “there is no health without mental health.”
With an estimated 44 million adults and 17 million young people
in the United States
experiencing a mental illness each year, the need for effective strategies and approaches to educate Californians on the early signs of mental illness and how to access mental health services is critical. California has a wide variety of culturally competent, prevention and early intervention treatment services that embrace wellness and recovery. DHCS encourages everyone experiencing a mental health challenge to talk to a mental health professional. Asking for help is a sign of strength and the first step towards achieving mental wellness.
Visit your County’s Mental Health Plan webpage to learn about the many services available in your community. A directory of County Mental Health Plans and their contact information can be found