Mental Health Conditions are Real, Common and Treatable

Mental health conditions affect every ethnic, racial, cultural, economic and religious group, and impact individuals of all ages and genders. Like any physical illness or injury, mental illness and mental health conditions are real and require treatment, but stigma, discrimination and fear often prevent people from seeking help.

Your mental wellness impacts your physical health, relationships and overall community. The good news is that treatment can improve your overall well-being at any age or stage of life. Though mental illness and mental health conditions look different for every person, recovery is possible and help is available throughout the community.

While the impacts of stigma and trauma can be painfully real, so are the positive realities of mental well-being, healing and hope. We can all do our part to change how we think of and, and act towards people living with mental health conditions.    

Help reduce stigma in your community by learning more about mental illness and providing support to those living with a mental health condition.

Common Mental Illnesses

Embrace.

Mental illness doesn’t discriminate, but sometimes people do. Be an ally to friends and family members who may be living with a mental health condition. Let them know you can be trusted. Sometimes all it takes is a hug, a call, a positive text.

Mental Health Services

Call 211

For local mental health counseling, support and crisis response services. If you are in crisis or experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

  • Learn the facts about mental illness, ways stigma can hurt individuals and families, and the resources for help so that we all understand what people with mental health conditions are going through and how support can be provided.
  • Start a conversation today and you can change what happens tomorrow. If you, or someone you know, is feeling anxious, depressed or stressed, reach out and ask how they are feeling.
  • Recognize the signs. Sometimes friends or family exhibit new or different behaviors that are hard to differentiate and understand. Certain behaviors may be associated with mental illness or other concerns and it’s important to know what to look for. By knowing the signs, you’ll know when to offer help and act.
  • Show support and treat others with respect. Make every effort to ensure people know they can be helped.
  • Advocate. Use your voice, in person or online, and share your mental health journey to raise awareness about the effects of stigma. It’s not always easy to take a stand, but your courage can help remind and educate your community that mental illness is common and looks like you and me.
  • To learn more about what people with mental health conditions are going through, how support can be provided or to get involved, explore StopStigmaSacramento.org, or call 211 to be referred to culturally competent, recovery-focused mental health services.
Conversation Starter

Hey, it seems like you’ve got a lot on your mind lately. How are you?

I just wanted to say that I am here if you want to talk about anything – Can we get together this week? 

I noticed you have missed a few days of school, and I just wanted to check in with you and see how you are doing.

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I know life can feel like a lot sometimes, but if you need someone to talk to, I want you to know I am here.

You’ve seemed a little down lately and I wanted to see how you are doing.

I just want you to know I am here for you if you ever need to talk. You’re my friend and I won’t judge you.

I know things have been hard lately; let me know if you want to talk about it. I’m here for you.

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