“Mental health and well-being are fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life.”  – World Health Organization

Public health experts tell us that it is always better to prevent a problem from occurring rather than treating it after it has developed. Responding as soon as possible to a mental health challenge offers the best chance for recovery, just as it does for physical conditions like diabetes or breast cancer.

Mental health is an essential part of our overall well-being, and plays a big role in our ability to handle stress, work productively and contribute to our community. In other words, positive mental health gives us a solid foundation for a full and healthy life.

  • Research has shown that individuals can learn skills to improve our mental and physical health. Communities can make changes that support our success.
  • Supporting mental health is more than just responding to problems – it means empowering individuals, communities, and organizations to take action before challenges appear.

Prevention in California

California is working to create a state where everyone can attain mental health. Together we are:

  • building school and community environments that support mental health
  • preventing suicide
  • empowering individuals and communities with knowledge and hope for recovery
  • connecting people with help people before they reach a crisis point.

Goal: Keep people healthy, intervene when mental health challenges arise, and provide needed treatment, services and support that prevent needless suffering.

Results: A dramatic reduction in negative consequences of untreated mental illness, including crowded emergency rooms and jails, homelessness, lost productivity at work and the suffering that happens in silence.

Learn more about prevention tools and the healthy practices going on near you. Services and support are available for Californians of all ages and backgrounds.