PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

5/7/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 050721-2
Subject:
May is Mental Health Awareness Month; Supportive Services are Available
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
jic@longbeach.gov





The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is launching the Mental Health Matters campaign, during Mental Health Awareness Month this May, to raise awareness and bring supportive services to lessen the stigma associated with reaching out for help.  

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health estimates that 1 in 5 adults have developed a mental health condition since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. COVID-19 has exacerbated conditions for people already living with mental health diagnosis and for those who may not have had a diagnosis. Now more than ever, awareness about mental health and treatment options along with access is needed.

The City would like to remind residents: you are not alone, and mental health struggles do not define us. Supports are there when you are ready. Information about supportive services is available via the City’s website at longbeach.gov/mentalhealthmatters. If you’re experiencing signs of mental health struggles, reach out to the following for support:

  • Call the Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center-Long Beach at 562.548.6565, 24 hours a day/7 days a week, or visit www.starsinc.com/bhucc-longbeach, if you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis. If you or a loved one is in need of emergency care, call 9-1-1.  
  • Black residents interested in mental health services, provided through the Black Health Equity Fund, can also complete a referral form online for assistance.
  • If you are ready to find a local mental health provider, call the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Access line at 1-800-854-7771 or text “LA” to 741741. 

The campaign, developed by Long Beach based mental health providers and Health Department social workers, includes radio and digital public service announcements (PSAs) on Radio.com and via the City’s social media platforms, @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Expert panel discussions, which focus on normalizing experiences with mental health conditions while also uplifting the City’s diverse and vibrant communities, will be available on the City’s YouTube channel throughout the month. 

In November, in response to the outstanding need for mental health support amidst the pandemic, the City contracted with licensed mental health providers to connect uninsured or underinsured Black residents to provide quality mental health services at no cost. To date, over 550 culturally-affirming virtual sessions have been completed by clinicians from three partner agencies. In addition, residents receiving services are connected to alternate wellness techniques such as ecotherapy and financial wellness techniques. 

Funding for the creation and dissemination of the Mental Health Matters campaign was provided through the allocation of $95,000 of CARES Act funding, approved by the Long Beach City Council. The Health Department continues to develop strategies to support the mental health of those who live in Long Beach.