In times of crisis, like the one we face now, it’s especially important to support mental health. Studies show that one in five adults experience mental illness, yet less than half receive the support they need.
Many individuals do not seek mental health treatment because of a lack of resources or the feared stigma attached to mental illness.
What You Can Do to Change the Conversation
The social distancing our community is practicing can lead to increased feelings of fear, anxiety, depression, boredom, anger, frustration, irritability and even stigmatization if you are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Learn to recognize these feelings and reach out to family, friends or other people in your support network or a trained professional to talk about your mental health.
What Inland Empire United Way and United Way of the Inland Valleys is Doing to Change the Conversation
With localized partnerships, United Way aims to change the conversation about mental health in the Inland Empire and Inland Valleys. By providing access to quality, affordable health care, United Way’s partners ensure that our communities get the mental health resources they need. If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, suicidal or dealing with other mental health challenges one of these programs could help:
- San Bernardino Behavioral Health Resources
- Riverside County Mental Health Resources
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
United we can change the conversation around mental health.