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Take Action for Mental Health

Take Action for Mental Health is the campaign for California’s ongoing mental health movement. It builds upon established approaches and provides resources to support Californians’ mental health needs.

Californians have been through an unprecedented time with profound mental health impacts: a global pandemic, an economic recession, social and political unrest, racial inequity and violence, and multiple natural disasters. The trauma, grief, and loss of millions of Californians is real. It’s no wonder many people are struggling or not quite feeling themselves.

The primary goal for Take Action for Mental Health is to help Californians support their mental health and the mental health of people they care about. The campaign’s underlying goal is to support prevention and early intervention efforts that promote mental wellness and offer Californians the tools to seek help for themselves or a loved one.

Take Action for Mental Health is an evolution of the Each Mind Matters campaign. Over the last decade, Each Mind Matters has had a positive impact on reducing stigma of mental illness and increasing awareness of mental health needs and resources. Take Action for Mental Health builds on this progress and asks Californians to take action to support ourselves and the people we care about. Visit our other Take Action for Mental Health programs:

  • Know the Signs is California’s suicide prevention campaign that encourages individuals to know the signs of suicide, find the words to ask a loved one if they are thinking about suicide, and reach out to local resources.
  • The Directing Change Program and Film Contest engages students and young people throughout California to learn about the topics of suicide prevention and mental health through the medium of film.

The California Mental Health Services Authority

The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), in collaboration with its county members, is a leading voice for mental health services for California. Created to deliver on the promise of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), CalMHSA is a Joint Powers Authority formed by California counties and cities, focused on the efficient delivery of mental health services and resources.

The MHSA Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) component was designed to increase awareness of and access to mental health services, reduce the negative impacts that mental illness can have on a person’s wellbeing, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and help-seeking, and prevent suicide.