Care for the Community’s Mental Health in 2013

SHASTA COUNTY – In light of recent tragedies in the news, it’s important to remember that mental health is a community issue, and everyone can help people in our communities who struggle with mental illness. Sadly, although one in four people struggle with a mental illness, many don’t seek the help they need because of the stigma associated with it. Here are some ways you can help:

• Participate in activities that bring people together to develop relationships and reduce isolation. Joining the Community Education Committee or Suicide Prevention Workgroup are great places to start. Learn more at www.shastahhsa.net; look under “Get Involved.”
• Help loved ones who are experiencing depression, anxiety, hallucinations or other symptoms in seeking help from a doctor or therapist. Learn more at www.shasta.networkofcare.org.
• Carefully choose the movies and video games you and your children view and play, and replace screen time with physical or social activities.
• Support parents in the raising of their children, and report child abuse and neglect when you witness it (call 225-5144).
• Reduce substance abuse and domestic violence within families.
• If you own firearms, safeguard them by keeping them locked up unloaded, and separate from locked ammunition.
• Learn more about mental wellness and stigma at www.standagainststigma.com.

There are many community providers of mental health services, including:

• Shasta County Health and Human Services (225-5252)
• Federally Qualified Health Centers: Shasta Community Health Center (246-5710), Hill Country Health and Wellness Center (337-5750), Mountain Valleys Health Centers (294-5241) and Shingletown Medical Center (474-3390)
• Indian Health Clinics: Redding Rancheria Tribal Health Center (224-2700) and Pit River Health Service (335-5090)
• Veterans Administration outpatient clinic (226-7555)
• Private psychiatrists
• Private family doctors
• Licensed clinical social workers
• Marriage and family therapists

Also, some of the mental health projects funded by the Mental Health Services Act are designed to identify and help people who could benefit from prevention or early intervention services. One program works with people from age 16-21 who have early signs of serious mental health disorders to help them engage in services as soon as possible. Another program works with those who experience more severe symptoms and need an intensive level of care. Also, many HHSA staff have been trained in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, which stresses the care, safety and welfare of clients who are anxious, agitated or combative.

For more information, visit www.shastahhsa.net, www.standagainststigma.com or www.shasta.networkofcare.org.

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