Mental Health Resources in Southern California – NBC Los Angeles

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and has been present in America since 1949, when Mental Health America began reaching the public “through media, local events, and screenings.”

If you are struggling due to anxiety caused by the ongoing pandemic, upset by violent incidents that have recently made headlines, mourning the loss of a loved one, unexpectedly spending time alone after tested positive for COVID, or if you’re just feeling tired after a hectic few months, you’re not alone.

LA County offers mental health counseling. Angie Crouch reports for NBC4 News Tuesday, March 16, 2021. For assistance, call 1-877-854-7771.

There are also ways to take care of yourself and your mental state. And don’t forget that sanity is important, no matter the month.

Below is a list of mental health resources from various federal and Southern California agencies to help and support you.

Mental Health Glossary

Mental Health America has a list of useful mental health terms to know, if you’re just starting to learn how to deal with it yourself. Here are some of those terms. The full list can be found here.

  • Adaptation skill: a strategy to help you deal with difficult situations and reduce unpleasant emotions, thoughts or behaviors.
  • Lived experience: first-hand personal experience dealing with a mental health or addiction problem.
  • Mental health problem: anything that leads a person to believe that their mental health may suffer; can be a diagnosable symptom, group of symptoms or mental health condition.
  • Mental health status: a set of related symptoms that have been recognized by the mental health community; includes conditions defined in DSM-V, ICD-11 and by people with lived experience.
  • Mental health professional: a licensed or certified mental health care provider.
  • Sanity screen: an assessment of your mental health and well-being using scientifically validated assessment tools.
  • Risk factor: something that increases the chances of developing a condition.
  • Stigma: negative, critical and/or discriminatory attitudes towards mental health problems and those who experience them. Self-stigma comes from the internalization of public stigma.
  • Stress: a feeling of emotional or physical tension in response to being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental/emotional pressure.
  • Symptom: a physical or mental characteristic that indicates the potential existence of a problem, condition or diagnosis.
  • Therapist: a mental health professional trained to help individuals understand and manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviors; can assess and/or diagnose mental health issues.
  • Trauma: an emotional response to a disturbing, frightening, or shocking experience that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope.

Tips for coping with stress during the pandemic

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following advice:

A study published in 2020 examined whether paying more attention to the world around you during your regular walks can improve the mental health benefits of walks. This practice is called “fear walking” and anyone can try it.

County Mental Health Resources

About half of the students examined in a recent Boston University study suffered from depression or anxiety. It is a sign of the toll the pandemic is taking on millions of people cut off from human relationships and, for many, from their goals and aspirations. NBCLX storyteller Cody Broadway looks from college campuses to social platforms like TikTok at the impact social isolation has had on Gen Z and Millennials.

National Institute of Mental Health Resources

LAUSD Mental Health Resources

  • Click the link here to access non-emergency telehealth information. You can also call 213-241-3840.
  • Wellness center and referral forms can be found here.
  • Here you will find counseling and crisis intervention services.
  • School mental health clinic emails can be found here.
  • Wellness center locations and information can be found here.

California Surgeon General Nadine Harris Burke also released a report focusing on toxic stress and health. Read Roadmap to Resilience.

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