May is Mental Health Month, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is sporting the lime green ribbon to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems and encourage support. In collaboration with California’s Mental Health Movement: Each Mind Matters, CDCR rallied around programs to promote a community conversation.

Each Mind Matters campaign emphasizes the importance of these resources for offenders, and encourages information sharing and support amongst friends, families, colleagues and communities.

“Even though one in four Californians will experience a diagnosable mental health problem in any given year and over half of us will at some point during our lifetime, a survey of Californians found that 75 percent of us would definitely or probably hide a mental health problem from coworkers or classmates.

Considering that mental health problems are treatable and most people experience recovery, these numbers are a concern and we should be part of the solution in changing them,” Secretary Scott Kernan added.

 

Secretary Scott Kernan
Photo by Scott Sabicer
 
In recognition of CDCR’s May is Mental Health month, representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Know the Signs, California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), Disability Rights California (DRC) and Wellness Works agencies participated in the event.

Among the exhibiters was the Office of Employee Health and Wellness, CDCR. The office serves as an outlet within the Department to provide suicide prevention, program services such as peer support or employee assistance, including other services to staff state-wide.

Looking for more tools and resources related to California’s Mental Health Movement? Make sure to visit www.eachmindmatters.org for more information about how to support someone with behavioral health needs or to have a positive impact in your community.

 
For assistance or information or about CDCR, please call the Office of External Affairs at
(916) 445-4950.