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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know one in five people has a diagnosable mental health condition?

In our Beach Cities community, many adults and youth are struggling emotionally.

  • 15% of Beach Cities 11th graders reported missing school in the past 30 days due to feeling very sad, anxious, stressed or angry
  • 16% of Beach Cities 11th graders reported seriously considering attempting suicide in the past 12 months
  • 43.4% of Beach Cities adults reported experiencing significant daily stress
  • 13.7% of Beach Cities adults reported being diagnosed with depression at some point in their lifetime

 

Join Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) in observing Mental Health Awareness Month in May and raise awareness about mental health and mental illness.

Here are three easy ways for you to shine a light on mental health in our community:

  1. Educate Yourself
    • Know the Signs: Learn how to identify someone who may be in emotional distress and how to help. LEARN MORE
    • Find local health-related resources and information at bchd.org/resources
  2. Talk About It
    • The more we talk about it, the more mental health becomes normal. We need to talk about mental health with the same sensitivity, care and importance as physical health. It’s up to us to remove the stigma.
    • For parent tips on how to talk about it with your child, whatever it may be, visit bchd.org/talk.
  3. Get Involved

Resources:
Mental Health First Aid USA
Change Direction
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Data sourced from:
California Healthy Kids Survey, 2017-18
Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, 2017