Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is kicking off the month of May with our community-wide “Mental Health is Health” campaign in partnership with Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD). The campaign’s message aims to decrease stigma, increase help seeking behaviors, increase awareness of and access to resources for mental health, and build community capacity to support individuals who need mental health resources.
Mental health is one of BCHD’s four health priorities. This is fueled by the fact that while our Beach Cities community has a healthy presentation on the outside, there continues to be concerning rates of reported stress, bullying and substance use. Suicidal ideation and feelings of chronic sadness/hopelessness are high for our 11th graders. Focusing on mental health across the lifespan presents an opportunity for dramatic improvement in well-being.