Mental Health Day: Mental Health Resources, Educational Training, and Warning Signs

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – World Mental Health Day is tomorrow, which aims to raise awareness and mobilize efforts in support of this disorder.

Carlos Amezcua sat down with LaTanya Runnells, Program Manager at Mental Health America, and bilingual facilitator Nancy Machuca to talk about mental health help, educational training, and warning signs.

In the wake of mass and school shootings, Mental Health has been the focal topic of conversation.

The stigma with Mental Health has prevented most people to be more reactive than proactive. MHFA training addresses the most common risk factors that we all face and destigmatizes much of the language that is used when talking about someone who has mental health.

Mental disorders are very common, 1 out of 10 adults suffer from a serious mental disorder and 1 out of 5 youth between the ages of 12-18 suffer from the most common mental health disorders. However, Mental Illness is manageable and despite a person have one or more mental health disorders, they can still live a productive life.

What is MHFA? MHFA is a FREE 8-hr certified public education program that introduces regular people how to recognize the risk factors, warning signs & symptoms of the most common Mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, bipolar, and schizophrenia. MHFA also builds understanding on how mental disorders impact people’s daily lives and it teaches a five step action plan to support someone developing an emotional crisis or episode.

When are the classes? FREE trainings are offered throughout the entire San Diego County regions. You can find a training that is close to you by registering at

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