Mental Health

We all experience different levels of mental health throughout our lives. In fact, half of us will deal with some type of mental health challenge over the course of our lifetime. Unfortunately, sometimes these challenges can become more serious and require more attention. However, there is good news. Recovery is also common and we can all do something to help.

We all want support systems that can help us through challenges, like supportive relationships and safe living environments. Sometimes we have these support systems, and sometimes we don’t. Many of us will also experience life challenges like unemployment, or relationship issues. Regardless of what situation you may find yourself in – in wellness or not – there is help available.

Check out the information below to learn more.

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Young Adults

Whether you're starting college or transitioning into adult life, your late teens and early twenties can be an exciting yet stressful and challenging time. Get the support and information you need to take care of yourself during this time.

Children & Families

Families can help create safe and supportive environments at home that promote good mental health for children. Support the child in your life with these tools and resources.

Veterans

Veterans are an important part of our community, but too often do not get the care they need, especially during the transition into civilian life. Check out these resources aimed at helping veterans support their mental health and wellbeing.

Older Adults

Caring for your mental health continues to be important in older adulthood. Learn more about how to stay well and where you can get the resources you need.

Diverse Communities

Learn how California’s cultural and ethnic communities are addressing mental health awareness and view outreach materials created to engage audiences in appropriate ways.

Prevention

Did you know that prevention can reduce the risk of mental illness? Or that identifying and responding to a mental health issue as soon as possible leads to better outcomes, just as it does for a physical health challenge like diabetes, for example? See how you can play a role in building supportive environments and strong relationships.

Mental Health Challenges

There are many types of mental health challenges. Here is a list of some: anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, and bi-polar disorder.

Suicide Prevention

If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, immediate help is available. Learn how to recognize the signs of crisis, and how and where to get help. Reaching out can save a life.

Mental health quick facts

75%

Percentage of all mental illnesses that start by the age of 24.

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
6 - 8 years

Amount of time young people wait from onset of symptoms before getting help.

Source: JAMA Psychiatry, 2005
70% - 90%

Percentage of Individuals reporting improved quality of life after receiving support and treatment.

Source: NAMI California