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…increasing awareness, improving access to care

In our education services, MHA provides assistance in finding mental health care and information about mental health and mental illness. Our goals are to create greater awareness about mental illness and greater acceptance for seeking treatment.


  Help in Finding Mental Health Services is provided by MHA’s Information and Assistance team. Our oldest community service, we give caring, confidential help in English and Spanish to individuals, families and human services workers who call us for information about finding mental health services in Los Angles County.
  NIMH Outreach Partnership Project is a nationwide initiative to increase the public’s access to mental health information. We are the Southern California partner and work with the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute Community Engagement program and with Mental Health America of California on the project. We distribute materials on a variety of mental health topics and disseminate research information as a resource to the community.
  Mental Health First Aid is a course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems. It is designed to educate the public to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and enable them to assist family and friends in need.
  Learn About Mental Illness by using the link to the national Mental Health America’s fact sheets. Please note that we are providing these materials for informational purposes only, and they are not meant to serve as medical advice or to replace consultation with your physician or mental health professional. If you are in need of mental health care, we encourage you to seek treatment and offer our assistance to help you locate services.


  Expressing Feelings Through Art is an annual art contest and exhibit that encourages high school students to explore their emotions and brings to public attention the mental health needs of young people. This project, started in 1982, is a collaboration with the nonprofit Light Bringer Project in Pasadena and is primarily funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation.
  Warm Line, operated by Project Return Peer Support Network, is a toll-free help line run by and for people who are living with mental illness. It is staffed by trained peer supporters who offer reassurance and information about resources. The line operates from 6 to 10 p.m. on weeknights, and bilingual (English/Spanish) peer supporters are available during all hours of operation. Its toll-free number is 888-448-9777. For more details, please visit

Mental Health America of Los Angeles   Administration Offices
100 W.Broadway, Suite 5010   Long Beach, CA 90802-2310
888-242-2522, ext. 225

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