5 Ways You Can Get Up and Participate

Get Trained: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Classes are FREE and available in both English and Spanish. The trainings are offered by Mental Health America. To find a training, visit: www.MHASD.org/First-Aid-Programs.

Volunteer: There are many opportunities to help local organizations that are promoting mental health or supporting San Diegans who are experiencing a mental illness. Find opportunities here: http://Up2SD.org/Help-Others/Volunteer/.

Speak Up: If you suspect that a friend or family member is struggling with depression, anxiety, or another mental health challenge, the best thing you can do is Speak Up and encourage them to get help.

Get Involved: There are many different events throughout the year where you can show your support. These include the National Alliance on Mental Illness San Diego 5K (usually in April), Check Your Mood Day (usually in October), Out of the Darkness Community Walk (usually in October), and Walk in Remembrance with Hope for Suicide Prevention (usually in November).

Live Your Life Well: Review these wellness tips and tools from Mental America at http://www.MentalHealthAmerica.net/Live-Your-Life-Well.