Silicosis Resources

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Silicosis is an occupational lung disease caused by inhaling respirable crystalline silica, also known as silica dust, and people who work in the mining, construction, and stone fabrication industries are at elevated risk for developing this condition. Over time, especially with continued inhalation of silica dust, this condition can lead to difficulty breathing and/or severe lung diseases.

In addition to physical symptoms—such as shortness of breath, persistent dry cough, and fatigue—silicosis can also impact one’s mental well-being as well, with many patients reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression. If you or a loved one is diagnosed or living with silicosis, it is important to be mindful of its mental health impact and seek help when needed. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health encourages you to view, share, and discuss the following materials and resources to support your mental well-being, and we are available 24/7 through our Help Line at (800) 854-7771 to connect you with appropriate services.

Downloadable Resources

Silicosis Resources

Silicosis Resources Document

Silicosis Resources (Spanish)

Silicosis Resources document in Spanish

Grief and Loss

Silicosis Grief and Loss document

Grief and Loss (Spanish)

Silicosis Grief and Loss document in Spanish