Mental Health Awareness
CDPH continues to raise awareness about mental health and remind Californians our mental health is just as important as our physical health.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need immediate assistance, please call
988. Individuals seeking non-crisis, general mental health services or information can visit the Department of Healthcare Services
Individuals page or contact their
County Mental Health Department.
Mental health is a critical component of our overall health and well-being. CDPH, in collaboration with the
Office of the Surgeon General, provides a range of resources to support individuals in starting important conversations about caring for their mental health, managing stress, supporting loved ones, practicing mindfulness, and more.
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Mental Health Awareness Month
Suggested Messaging: Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act.
Our mental health is as important as our physical health.
Follow along as we share some resources throughout May for #MentalHealthAwareness so you can make your #GoldenStatOfMind a priority.
5 Ways to Care for Your Mental Health
Suggested Messaging: We can train ourselves to be intentional about caring for our mental health. Here are 5 ways to practice self-care and improve health and wellness.
Learn more at https://bit.ly/NIMH_CaringForMentalHealth
How to Recognize When a Loved One Needs Support
Suggested Messging: It's not always easy to ask for help. Learn how to recognize when a loved one needs support. We're not meant to do it alone.
For support with how to help your loved one: https://bit.ly/NAMI_FamilyMembers
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Suggested Messaging: Too many stress hormones can worsen physical and/or mental health problems. Here are 7 Stress Busters that can protect our minds and bodies.
Learn more at: https://bit.ly/NAMI_StressBusters #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #GoldenStateOfMind
Take What You Need
Suggested Messaging: Allow yourself this moment to check-in and see how you're feeling. What will help you make this day a little easier? Take what you need:
✨ Self-expression and creativity
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How will you prioritize what you need today?
#DYK that slowing your breathing can calm your body and help you cope with stress? Take a few minutes to try breathing exercises to relax your mind and body, like the box breathing method.
- Inhale through your nose for a count of 4
- Hold the air in your lungs for a count of 4
- Exhale from your mouth for a count of 4
- Hold the lungs in an empty state for a count of 4
- Repeat for at least 4 rounds
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