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Mental illness, despite being common and widespread among people of all ages, is widely misunderstood. It's up to us to change that.

One in four adults in Riverside County face mental health challenges, and many more friends and family members are affected by them. Mental disorders are real medical conditions, and are as equally important to address as physical ailments. They are not character flaws or a sign of weakness. It is essential to recognize symptoms and seek help, as these problems are not likely to go away on their own. Recovery is possible, and help is available here in Riverside.

There are more than 200 mental health disorders. Depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are among the most common forms. They occur in people of every age, race, gender or socioeconomic status. Symptoms and warning signs may vary in severity, but may include: prolonged periods of sadness, excessive fear or worry, delusions, social withdrawal, inability to function or cope with normal daily activities, severe apathy, fear or suspiciousness of others, and suicidal thoughts.

Please take time to explore this Web site for information about mental health challenges, the potential for recovery, where to get help and additional resources. Stand up against the stigma that is too often associated with mental illness, and offer support to those who are suffering.

 

If you or someone you care about is in crisis and needs immediate help, please call the Crisis & Suicide Intervention HELPline at (951) 686-HELP(4357). Trained and experienced counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you. You don't have to suffer in silence, make the FREE call. If emergency medical care is needed,
call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

Now's the time to read up! With one in four adults facing mental health challenges, it’s up to us to make Riverside County communities supportive of those experiencing such challenges. Visit the Get Involved page of this website to learn how you can make a difference.