MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The percentage of LA County residents reporting that they have ever been diagnosed with clinical depression rose sharply during the past decade, according to a report released by the Department of Public Health today. The report, Trends in Depression: Shedding Light on the Darkness, issued in January 2011, showed that nearly 14 percent of adults surveyed countywide reported that they have at some point been diagnosed with depressive disorder, compared to about 9 percent in 1999. This represents an almost 50 percent increase in the frequency of reported depression.
The LACDMH is committed to serving and improving the lives of those individuals in our community whom are diagnosed with mental illness. Making a difference in the lives of individuals and their families is at the very heart of the LACDMH. Partnering with clients, families and our communities to create opportunities for Hope, Wellness and Recovery is our vision and our mission.
Making a difference begins with eliminating the stigma and discrimination associated with a mental health diagnosis. Repeated studies show that the idea of rejection and perceived stigma from friends and family, different cultures and the community affects an individual’s ability to seek early, preventative help. Breaking down stigma and discrimination barriers, while enhancing acceptance, tolerance and social inclusion among Los Angeles County residents and communities is central to our mission. Ensuring that individuals with mental health diagnosis can seek early help, and live full, productive lives within our communities without fear of prejudice and discrimination is a goal we will continue to strive for.
Making a difference begins with each Los Angeles County resident. We ask that you join us in making a difference by ending Mental Health stigma and discrimination in our communities and the workplace by encouraging those in need of medical care to seek immediate mental health care.
For 24/7 assistance, please call: 1-800-854-7771.
-Marvin. J. Southard, Director
Director Marvin J. Southard, DSW
Chief Deputy Director Robin Kay, PHD
Medical Director Roderick Shaner, MD
Executive Management Team