On January 21, the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services (DHHS/DBHS) will launch a Mental Health Promotion and Stigma and Discrimination Reduction program to encourage open dialogue about mental health issues, reduce stigma and discrimination and help create awareness of local mental health resources.
This program is greatly needed in our area as roughly one in every four adults and one in five children will experience a diagnosable mental disorder during their lifetime. In Sacramento County, approximately 355,000 people are living with a mental health issue, but research shows that only one-third of those individuals will seek professional help because of stigma and discrimination.
Ahead of the program launch, we would like to schedule an interview for you with a DHHS/DBHS representative and a community member who has been impacted by mental illness. Our hope is that you will be able to discuss:
• Why reducing stigma and discrimination is important for Sacramento County, and how this program will bring focus to the issue among multi-cultural populations
• What resources are available to the community
• How media reporting on mental health issues can positively impact public perception of mental illness