One of the best ways you can help someone with mental illness is by understanding what it is — and what it isn't. After all, myths about mental illnesses contribute to stigma, which in turn prevents those who are living with one from seeking help.
Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services in partnership with the Prevention and Early Intervention program funded by Proposition 63, the promotora network, comprised of 6 networks provide more than just cultural sensitivity services but aims to improve overall health of the community. Read more here.
The California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity addresses questions regarding the California Reducing Disparities Project Phase 2. Read more here.
Sacramento County’s “Mental Illness: it’s not always what you think” billboard display was hoped to encourage people with mental illnesses to be seen as positive members of the community. An update on the county’s website states that the campaign has inspired more local residents who are living with mental illness to step forward and contribute … Continue reading Faces of Mental Health
African Americans sometimes face barriers and have unmet mental health needs as a result. To reach out this community with helpful supports, NAMI has developed a section devoted to resources and mental health information. The page includes the following: Overview on mental health issues and the African American community The importance of mental health How … Continue reading African Americans – Mental Health Resources and Information
Myths that propagate the vision of Asian American and Pacific Islander people as impervious to mental health issues are dangerous to them and also hurtful to other people of color, according to Julie Feng, on website “The Body is Not an Apology.” When faced with her own surprise at hearing of the mental health challenges … Continue reading Mental Health Myths Harm the Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities
For a concise listing of many of the mental health issues confronting the Latino Community, check out the Info Sheet posted on the NAMI website. Some of the issues discussed are the high levels of risk to the Latino Community in the areas of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. The higher level of attempted suicide … Continue reading Latino Mental Health Fact Sheet
This report contains a wealth of information and resources for anyone advocating for the positive health outcomes for the African American community in California. It was funded by the California Endowment as part of the Ethnic Health Assessment Project, which elicited reports on Latinos, African Americans, Asian-Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans, the four largest communities … Continue reading Ethnic Health Assessment for African Americans in California
The Each Mind Matters Stigma Reduction campaign has created a helpful toolkit on how to spread the word about May is Mental Health Matters Month. Check out the toolkit here!
The international mental health community gathered in San Francisco on February 18th – 20th, 2015, marking the first time the “Together Against Stigma” Conference was held in the United States since its inception in 2007. The 7th International Conference served as a platform for innovation and community dialogue amongst attendees, allowing mental health advocates from the United States … Continue reading Together Against Stigma International Conference
The Campaign to Change Direction was inspired by the discussion at the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, which came on the heels of the Newtown tragedy. It asks people to learn the five signs of emotional suffering so you can recognize them in yourself or help a loved one who may … Continue reading Campaign to Change Direction