What is Each Mind Matters?
Each Mind Matters is California’s Mental Health Movement – millions of individuals and thousands of organizations working to promote mental health and prevent suicides in the many diverse communities in California. Over the past four years, the programs and resources associated with Each Mind Matters have had significant statewide impact. Across the state, people are taking action, speaking up and reaching out to help when they see someone struggling.
Mental Health in California
Nearly 1 in 6
California adults experience a mental illness of some kind.
1 in 24
California adults have a serious mental illness that makes it difficult to carry out major life activities.
1 in 13
California children has an emotional disturbance that limits participation in daily activities.
For further figures on mental health in California, please refer to this infographic from the California Health Care Foundation.
How Does this Apply to American Indian Communities?
Many families of all backgrounds have experienced some type of trauma, but for Native American families, there has often been both personal and historical trauma. People who have been through many difficult experiences (especially if these happen in childhood) are more likely to face health, mental health, and substance use challenges.
Experience serious psychological distress 1.5 times more often than the general population.
Experience PTSD more than twice as often compared to the general population.
Experience alcohol and drug addiction at younger ages, and at higher rates, than all other ethnic groups.
For more on mental health in American Indian Alaska Native families, please refer to this brochure developed in partnership with CCUIH, California Urban Indian Health Programs, and Each Mind Matters.