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|Prevention and Early Intervention|
Prevention & early Intervention (PEI) strategies are designed to prevent mental illness from becoming severe and disabling, and to improve timely access to services including outreach to underserved populations. They include:
- Community-Wide (Primary) Prevention Strategies
Community-wide, or universal, prevention activities reach out to families, schools, ethnic communities, health care providers, and the broader community to education the public about the signs of mental illness. They also identify resources available to identify and treat mental illness and fight the stigma and discrimination related to mental illness. Strategies include:
- Suicide Prevention
The statewide effort has developed "Know the Signs" Suicide Prevention campaign and website, as well as a training curriculum to improve the capacity of communities to recognize the signs of suicide and intervene when they encounter suicidal individuals. To visit the "Know the Signs" website, click here, or go to www.suicideispreventable.org.
The MY3 app is also available for download onto iPhones and Android phones through the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge. MY3 allows users to build a safety plan, learn about important resources, and access the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7. More information about the MY3 app can be found here.
- Stigma & Discrimination Reduction
- Stigma and discrimination against mental illness often prevent of delay people from seeking mental health services. The "Each Mind Matters" campaign provides information to children ages 9-13 through the "Walk in Our Shoes" program, teens and young adults through www.ReachOutHere.com, and adults through "A New State of Mind" documentary and community dialogues.
- Specific campaigns are being developed to reach underserved ethnic communities. Locally, a Mental Health & Spirituality initiative was launched to develop a partnership with the African-American faith community in Solano County.
- Student Mental Health
In Solano County, training is offered to K-12 students and staff on topics such as bullying prevention. In addition, students are trained as peer health educators.
- Targeted Prevention & Early Intervention
During fiscal years 2014-17, Solano County's Prevention & Early Intervention strategies will shift focus from broad prevention efforts to identifying and assessing individuals showing early signs of mental illness, providing services to prevent illness from becoming severe and disabling, and providing links to medically necessary care as early as possible.
More information on Solano County Prevention & Early Intervention programs can be found in the MHSA Annual Update for Fiscal Year 2013-14 & Three-Year Integrated Plan for Fiscal Years 2014-15 through 2016-17.