- the promotion of mental health, resilience, and wellbeing;
- the treatment of mental and substance use disorders;
- the support of those who experience and/or are in recovery from these conditions, along with their families and communities.
Poor mental health can present in a variety of ways and may impact our emotional, psychological, and social well-being (Centers for Disease Control). In turn, this may affect how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental Health is important for overall health and well-being.
The good news is people with mental illness can be treated or even recover. Friends and family can be important influences to help someone get the treatment and services they need. If you know someone struggling with mental health, you can help by reaching out and letting them know help is available, helping them access mental health services, and learning and sharing the facts about mental health with them.
FACTS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
- Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States. About 1 in 5 American adults and children will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives.
- Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak. Contributing factors include biological factors, stressful or traumatic life events, family history of mental health problems and use of alcohol or drugs. As physical health and mental health are interrelated, even long-lasting chronic health conditions may cause mental illness.
- Poor mental health increases the risk for chronic physical conditions like heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people ages 15-34 in the United States. In 2020, it accounted for the loss of more than 45,979 American lives, nearly double that of lives lost to homicide.
- Most people with mental illness are not violent. In fact, they are more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. You probably know someone with a mental health problem and don’t even realize it, because many people with mental health problems are highly active and productive members of our communities.
- Half of all mental illness occurs before a person turns 14 years old, and three-quarters of mental illness begin before age 24.
- Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
- Treatment for mental health problems varies depending on the individual and could include medication, therapy, or both.
- Promoting the social-emotional well-being of children and youth leads to: Higher overall productivity, better educational outcomes, lower crime rates, stronger economies, lower health care costs, improved quality of life, increased lifespan, and improved family life.
Care for yourself one small way each day and maintain positivity by considering the following:
- Take breaks to relax and unwind through yoga, music, reading, gardening, and exploring a new hobby.
- Find new ways to safely connect with family and friends, get support, and share feelings.
- Take care of your body and get moving to lessen fatigue, anxiety, or sadness. Try doing something you enjoy outside, like going to the park or jogging.
- Treat yourself to healthy foods and get enough sleep.
- Stay positive and practice mindfulness.
- Engage in meaningful daily activities such as a job or school, volunteering, caring for others.
- Create a stable and safe place to live.
- Remember you are not alone. Seek professional help if you need it. Determine if your symptoms are severe. My Mental Health: Do I Need Help? “PDF here” Warning Signs and Symptoms Video https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms
TOOLS AND RESOURCES
WHATCH THESE VIDEOS
- Positive Self-Talk
- How to Practice Mindfulness
- Mental Health Minute: Stress and Anxiety in Adolescents: Got 60 Seconds?
- Mental Health Minute: Anxiety Disorders in Adults: Got 60 Seconds?
- Mayo Clinic: Teen Suicide Prevention
CHECK OUT THESE LINKS
- Learn more about specific mental health problems such as suicidal behavior, eating disorders, personality disorder, etc. https://www.mentalhealth.gov/what-to-look-for
REACH OUT TO THESE RESOURCES IN YOUR COMMUNITY
National Suicide Prevention – Hotline Number 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255) or Text HELP to 741741
Central Valley Suicide Prevention – Hotline Number 1 (888) 506-5991
Veterans Crisis Line – Call 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255
Use Veterans Crisis Chat on the web
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a trained responder. The service is available to all veterans, even if they are not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare.
Disaster Distress Helpline – Call or text 1 (800) 985-5990
The disaster distress helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline is free, multilingual, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Rural Mental Health Clinics Reedley
Turning Point of Central California
1311 11th Street, Reedley, CA 93654
Phone: 1 (855) 343-1057
Omni Family Health Center
1 (866) 707-6664
1530 Manning Ave
Reedley, Ca 93654
United Health Centers
Accepts Medi-Cal and patients on sliding fee scale, serves mild to moderate acuity. Free transportation available.
Main Phone: 1 (800) 492-4227
1790 E. Manning Ave.
Reedley, CA 93654
429 E. Manning Ave.
Parlier, CA 93654
Mennonite Central Committee
On-Site Counseling Program provides counseling services on a sliding scale fee.
1010 G Street
Reedley, CA 93654
All 4 Youth
All 4 Youth is a partnership program between The Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health and Fresno County Superintendent of Schools for children and youth ages 0-22 years old experiencing difficulties that affect them at school and at home.
All 4 Youth is designed to enable youth and their families to access behavioral health services at school, in the community or in the home. The goal of All 4 Youth is to remove barriers and increase access to a positive healthy environment in which to live and learn.
Phone: (559) 443-4800
2440 Tulare Street Suite 200
Fresno, CA 93721
Located on the 2nd floor of Civic Center Square
Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Postpartum Support International
1 (800) 944-4PPD (4773)
The County of Fresno Behavioral Health – access line 1-800-654-3937 – find resources on their website: https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/behavioral-health
Psychology Today – use this website to find a therapist near you: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us