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Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. We all experience emotional ups and downs from time to time caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions and become something longer lasting. They are medical conditions that cause changes in our mind, how we think and feel. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing.

With proper treatment, people can cope with the stresses of life, work productively, meaningfully contribute to the world, and realize their full potential. Without mental health we cannot be fully healthy.

Understanding mental health isn't only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for these conditions. There is a complicated system involving local communities, the federal government, research institutions, private companies and other pieces that all fit together. 

Each piece contributes to our understanding of mental health—if one is missing, the picture isn't complete.


Mental Health Facts

·  1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition.

·  1 in 25 (10 million) adults in the United States lives with a serious mental illness.

·  60 million people in the United States face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness.

·  Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.

·  African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about half the rate of whites in the past year, and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.

·  90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, but suicide is preventable.

·  The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective; between 70 and 90% of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with the right treatments and supports.

Additional facts and citations are available at Mental Health by the Numbers

What Is Stigma?

People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and even discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult. Stigma is when someone, or you yourself, views you in a negative way because you have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as shame that can be felt as a judgement from someone else or a feeling that is internal, something that confuses feeling bad with being bad.

Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to cope with stigma and how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us.

Treatment and Support

Treatment choices for mental health conditions will vary from person to person. Choosing the right mix of treatments and supports that work for you is an important step in the recovery process. Even people with the same diagnosis will have different experiences, needs, goals and objectives for treatment. There is no “one size fits all” treatment.

There are many tools that can improve the experience on the road to wellness: medication, counseling (therapy), social support and education. Together with a treatment team you can develop a well-rounded and integrated recovery plan that works for you. 

(Article reference: NAMI

Recovery is possible. Mental health problems affect adults, teens, and children from all walks of life. Taking that first step to get help can be tough. It's important to seek treatment for mental health problems at the first sign of distress in your social, emotional or occupational life. There is no need to wait until there is a crisis. Early identification and effective intervention are key. Mental health problems not only affect the individual, but also their loved ones.

It's a good idea to have an annual mental health check-up. Call EAS at (888)829-8999 to schedule your free and confidential check-up today. EAS is an employee benefit designed to assist all county employees and their immediate family members when work or personal issues are affecting their quality of life. Our professional staff of licensed psychologists and licensed marriage and family therapists have been helping County of Riverside employees and their families since 1983. We are here to help.

EAS has two locations to serve you:


3600 Lime St., Bldg. 3, Ste. 314

Riverside, CA 92501

Office Phone: (951)778-3970

Desert Area

41120 Washington Street, Suite 106

Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203

Office Phone: (760)328-6863


For easy and fast access to the services provided by EAS, download our free mobile app, EAS RivCo, today! Gain access to self-help articles, relaxation and stress management tools, as well as information about the services EAS provides. EAS RivCo Mobile App is available on Google and iTunes by searching EAS RivCo. To log-in you will need the company ID (please call EAS at 1(888)829-8999 or email us at for ID code).     


Other free, helpful apps available are:


Stop, Breathe & Think

Virtual Hope Box




·   National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1(800)273-8255

·   Veterans Crisis Line 1(800)273-8255, press 1


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·   NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

·   Teen Mental  


Did you know EAS features a free webinar monthly? We believe in keeping employees well informed in the areas of personal happiness and professional satisfaction. Our goal with these webinars is to make education accessible and convenient, as we strive to support and enhance the overall quality of life for Riverside County employees. 

Go to our website at to view our upcoming webinar calendar or to view past webinars.  Better yet, become an EAS VIP today and be one of the first to get the exclusive on all upcoming EAS events!  Plus receive priority registration for all our webinars.  You can register by going to the EAS webinar calendar and click on EAS VIP Club, it’s that easy!  If you would like more information about becoming a VIP, email EAS at or call (951)778-3970. We look forward to hearing from you!