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OC Health Care Agency Launches Campaign to #UpliftOC this Mental Health Matters Month

(Santa Ana, CA) – Orange County residents are encouraged to follow the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) on Facebook and Twitter as we celebrate Mental Health Matters Month this month by shining the spotlight on simple behaviors people can implement in their everyday lives that will #UpliftOC.$0 $0From practicing simple acts of kindness to tips on starting and engaging in conversations about mental health, #UpliftOC will touch on variety of inspirational and educational topics backed by best-practice research to improve both personal and community well-being.$0 $0"Every day, millions of people face stigma related to mental health and go years before receiving any help," said Mary Hale, Deputy Agency Director of Behavioral Health Services. “Our goal is to amplify the voices of everyone who wants to put an end to stigma and show our support to help make a difference in someone's life.”$0 $0Employees throughout HCA will also join the Each Mind Matters movement by wearing the color lime green to open an honest dialogue about mental health and participate in a variety of activities to spread awareness about the importance of mental health. What does it mean to wear lime green? As HCA shares in our new video available here, this little accessory packs a big message.$0 $0“One in four American adults suffers from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year, but many don’t seek support because of fear of judgment and discrimination,” Hale said. “Early support and help for mental health challenges can reduce suffering and save lives. Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to let others know that people are not defined by a mental health diagnosis and that we’re here to assist them in getting the support they need.”$0$0For a calendar of Mental Health Matters Month events happening throughout Orange County, a social media toolkit pre-stocked with messages you can share to promote mental health awareness on your own accounts and more, please click here.