(Placerville, CA) - May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and El Dorado County Behavioral Health in South Lake Tahoe is inviting the community to meet the staff and learn about county and local behavioral health programs and resources during a special community Open House event. The Open House will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the county Behavioral Health offices, located at 1900 Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. The event will include special guest speakers, informational tables and resources, and light refreshments.
"Everyone is invited to the Open House," said Chris Kernes, Deputy Director of El Dorado County Behavioral Health. "We're inviting the general community, agency partners, community nonprofits and others who have an interest in mental health and wellness. This will be a great opportunity to meet someone new, learn about local resources and raise general awareness about behavioral health in our community."
According to Kernes, Mental Health Awareness Month is an important time to promote mental wellness for all. "Studies show that nearly one in five people experiences mental illness and reports needing mental health support at some point in their lives, but many don't seek help because of perceived stigma or fear," said Kernes. "One of our goals is to encourage people to learn more about mental health and substance use disorders, to reduce the social stigma by normalizing the conversation around seeking help. Seeking help when you need it is actually one of the most loving and healthiest things you can do for yourself."
For questions about the May 31st Open House event, or general information about Behavioral Health services in South Lake Tahoe, please call (530) 573-7970. To reach Behavioral Health staff on the West Slope of El Dorado County, please call (530) 621-6290. For crisis services, call (530) 544-2219 in South Lake Tahoe or (530) 622-3345 on the West Slope. Additional information about the services of El Dorado County Behavioral Health can also be found online at: www.edcgov.us/mentalhealth
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