About Each Mind Matters
Each Mind Matters unites the hundreds of organizations working together to create health systems that serve minds and bodies, and the millions of Californians who refuse to stay silent while untreated mental illness takes an unnecessary toll on our families and communities. Together, we are creating a California where Each Mind Matters.
Each Mind Matters is for everyone because mental health is for everyone. This movement belongs to all of us.
California’s Mental Health Movement
California is taking unprecedented steps to eliminate the barriers of stigma and discrimination so each person knows help is available and feels safe asking for the support they need. Here’s how we’re doing it:
- Prevention and early intervention save lives and dollars by delivering help before a crisis when it’s most effective and less costly.
- Local programs and grassroots efforts conceived, designed and implemented at the local level reach California’s diverse communities with targeted solutions.
- Underserved audiences are a priority, because every person, family and community can benefit from improved mental health.
Each Mind Matters is California’s mental health movement. Join us today.
What Do Prevention & Early Intervention Look Like?
In California, we are breaking new ground by focusing our efforts on prevention and early intervention. We are not willing to stay silent and wait until crisis hits before having a conversation about mental health. Californians are creating innovative programs that equip people and communities with the tools, resources and information they need to foster wellness, and to recognize and respond to the symptoms and signs when they arise.
Here are just a few examples:
Suicide is preventable, if you know the signs, can find the words and have resources to reach out to for help. SuicideisPreventable.org has vital information
Are you a young person struggling with difficult thoughts and feelings? You aren’t alone! Visit ReachOut.com to connect with others who know what you’re going through and can offer support.
Research shows one of the most effective ways to raise awareness and reduce stigma is through the face-to-face sharing of personal stories. Speakers bureaus in communities throughout the state offer local speakers who can come and share their stories of mental health challenges and stigma with your business, school or organization. Find a speakers bureau near you at SpeakOurMinds.org.
These examples are a few of the many programs underway within the scope of California Mental Health Services Authority’s (CalMHSA) Prevention and Early Intervention initiatives. Funded by Proposition 63, the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act of 2004, these initiatives include suicide prevention, stigma and discrimination reduction and student mental health activities. Read more about stigma and discrimination reduction efforts that support Each Mind Matters statewide.
About CalMHSA and Prop 63
The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. Prevention and early intervention (PEI) initiatives implemented by CalMHSA – and collected under the banner of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement – include Stigma and Discrimination Reduction, Suicide Prevention and Student Mental Health, all of which are funded through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63). For more information, visit www.calmhsa.org.
In November 2004 California voters passed Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Prop. 63 provided the funding and the framework needed to transform the community mental health system from a crisis-driven system to one focused on prevention and wellness and to expand services to reach previously underserved populations and all of California’s diverse communities. Specifically, the MHSA provides funding for community services and supports, prevention and early intervention (PEI), housing, innovation, capital facilities, technology and workforce investment and training.