Report: Californians Need More Mental Health Support

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According to a new RAND Corporation study, Most California residents experiencing a mental health challenge do not feel supported, and instead feel stigmatized in personal as well as professional relationships.

The California Well-Being Survey was conducted as part of efforts by the California Mental Health Services Administration (CalMHSA) to learn more about improving mental health programs for California residents.

This survey provides much needed insight into who is experiencing stigma and why. Of survey participants who reported experiencing a mental health challenge, almost 9 in 10 expressed they had felt discriminated based on this. These results show an important and pressing need to not only continue anti-stigma efforts, but to grow programs and efforts statewide.

Not all of the findings from the survey showed negative feelings; in fact, Californians who are experiencing mental health challenges are showing signs of resiliency. More than 80 percent of survey participants reported having a plan to stay or become well and believe they are able to reach their personal goals.

Click here to download the study.