May marks Mental Health Awareness Month

According to a study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010, “nearly one in five people in California reports needing help with a mental or emotional health problem.” Although many of these mental illnesses are treatable it is still important to spread awareness about warning signs and resources within their communities that people can use when they are experiencing feelings associated with mental illness.

North Tahoe Family Resource Center in Tahoe, California uses LST because it “is proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse and violence.” Along with using LST, the center also incorporates an outdoor aspect to combat issues that teens and adolescents deal with. The center partnered with Adventure Risk Challenge to help youth build confidence and self-esteem. The combination of different programs can help youth better handle mental illness symptoms.

According to the article published in the Sierra Sun, “Without programs such as LST and others like it the consequences of mental illness for the individual and community are significant. A 2001 Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine article indicates unnecessary disability, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, inappropriate incarceration and suicide may result.”

In November 2004, California passed Proposition 63 also known as the Mental Health Services Act. This act serves as a shift in the way California handles the issue of mental illness: “California [is] moving away from a model that provided primarily crisis care and institutionalized toward a system that includes wellness, recovery, prevention and early intervention.”

If you’re located in the Placer County area, the Campaign for Community Wellness (CCW) is hosting a semi-annual event called the Community Roundtable in Recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. This event will take place on Tuesday, May 8th from 4:30-6:30pm and will celebrate the work done by those in Placer County who fight to combat mental illness. The event will be at Rocklin Community Center on 5480 Fifth Street in Rocklin, CA. To RSVP, contact  Cincdy Cassidy at ccassidy@placer.ca.gov or 530-886-1812.

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