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Rep. Napolitano Hosts Free Mental Health Workshops

May 20, 2011
Press Release

This month, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano’s 38th District Mental Health Consortium held 3 free mental health workshops in East Los Angeles, Pomona, and Rio Hondo College as part of National Mental Health Awareness Month. The workshops educated the public about the warning signs of mental health issues, connected people with available mental health resources, and encouraged them not to allow stigma to prevent them from seeking help. Next week, 2 more workshops will be held in Norwalk and Hacienda Heights.

“It helped me think about my kids, to understand their behavior and how to talk to them,” said Claudia Bedolla of Pomona. “I see mental health differently now. It’s not necessarily someone acting or feeling crazy, but it can also be something as small as having negative thoughts. And it’s ok to ask for help.”

On Wednesday, May 25, another free workshop will be held at the Norwalk Senior Center at 1404 San Antonio Drive from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The final workshop will be held at the Steinmetz Senior Center at 1545 Stimson Ave in Hacienda Heights from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Thursday, May 26.

Mental health issues affect approximately one out of five Americans, but most never receive proper treatment. Warning signs include withdrawing from friends and family, dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits, abuse of drugs or alcohol, and thoughts of suicide, among others.

The 38th District Mental Health Consortium is a group of local experts, activists, and physicians Napolitano has assembled to strengthen mental health services in her district and advise her on federal legislation.

National Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK