Get Involved

Mental illness knows no barriers of age, race or gender. In fact, one in four adult San Diegans are affected by mental illness. Now's your chance to stand up and become an advocate; it's up to us, San Diego.

You have the ability to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Even the smallest change in behavior will add up, as we collectively stand united to change perceptions. It takes just one person to make a difference, and the difference could begin with you.

Studies show that opportunities are not as plentiful for those facing mental health challenges due to the stigma associated with mental illness. We all have the ability to ensure equal opportunities are available and accessible. The following are easy ways to do your part to contribute to the cause:

  • Treat people with mental illness with respect and dignity, just as you would anyone else.
  • When you hear someone misstate the facts -- respectfully speak out and correct them.
  • Be mindful of your language. Never refer to someone with mental illness as "crazy" or "loony."
  • Don't allow mental illness to define a person; say "someone experiencing schizophrenia" rather than "a schizophrenic."
  • Raise awareness about discriminatory or stigmatizing language in the media by sending a letter or email.
  • Get involved, speak up and help inspire others to follow suit.

Join one of the many San Diego organizations and take part in the activities they offer to fight discrimination.

Learn QPR to Prevent Suicide!

QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, is an emergency intervention to help a person who is considering suicide. In a one-hour training, individuals learn to recognize warning signs, what questions to ask, and how to offer hope and help. Anyone who is in a position to recognize the signs that someone may be considering suicide is encouraged to sign up. This includes parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors,caseworkers, firefighters, and many others.

QPR trainings are offered at no cost in San Diego. 

To schedule a training, contact Elizabeth Vaughan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (858) 609-7971at Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP).

An online training is available for $29.95 at www.qprinstitute.com.


If you or someone you care about needs to speak to someone or is in crisis and needs immediate help, please call the Access & Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. Trained and experienced counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you. You don't have to suffer in silence, make the FREE call. If emergency medical care is needed,
call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

Now's the time to read up! With one in four adult San Diegans facing mental health challenges, it’s up to us to make San Diego a supportive community for those experiencing such challenges. Through education and awareness, the "It's Up to Us" bulletin offers mental health related information, resources, ways to get involved and also stay informed.