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Mental & Behavioral Health

Just as your health and physical well-being are important, your mind also matters. One in eight people are affected by diagnosable mental illness. Only one third seek help. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

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Mental Health

Although the terms are often used interchangeably, poor mental health and mental illness are not the same things. A person can experience poor mental health and not be diagnosed with a mental illness. Likewise, a person diagnosed with a mental illness can experience periods of physical, mental, and social well-being.

Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States and more than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. There are more than 200 classified types of mental illness, some of the main types of mental illness and disorders include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder
  • Disruptive behavioral disorders
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  • Substance use disorders


Depression is more than just feeling down or having a bad day. An individual may be depression when a sad mood lasts for a long time and interferes with normal, everyday functioning. Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling sad or anxious often or all the time
  • Not wanting to do activities that used to be fun
  • Feeling irritable‚ easily frustrated‚ or restless
  • Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Waking up too early or sleeping too much
  • Eating more or less than usual or having no appetite
  • Experiencing aches, pains, headaches, or stomach problems that do not improve with treatment
  • Having trouble concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions
  • Feeling tired‚ even after sleeping well
  • Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless
  • Thinking about suicide or hurting yourself

If you think you or your loved one is depressed‚ talk with your primary care provider or a mental health professional immediately. This is especially important if your symptoms are getting worse or affecting your daily activities.

Suicide Prevention

Know the signs to help yourself or others; pain isn’t always obvious, but most people show signs if they need help. Find the words; by understanding these signs, you can recognize if you or someone you care about needs help and support. Reach out; if you or a loved one needs help.

  • Know The Signs - Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.  
    • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
    • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
    • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
    • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
    • Talking about being a burden to others
    • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
    • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
    • Sleeping too little or too much
    • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
    • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
    • Extreme mood swings
  • Find The Words - "Are you thinking of ending your life?" Few phrases are as difficult to say to a loved one, but when it comes to suicide prevention, none are more important.
  • Reach Out - You are not alone in helping someone in crisis. Your support makes a difference and support is available in our community. Call one of the local crisis lines listed below or the national Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988 (or at 1.800.273.8255).

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

Call, chat or text 24/7: 988 | 988lifeline.org.


Mental Health Resources

24-Hour Crisis Lines Area Resources State and National Resources Psychologists & Private Therapists


Health & Wellness Directory



24-Hour Crisis Lines

  • 24/7 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline - 988
  • El Dorado County Behavioral Health - 530.544.2219
  • Live Violence Free - 530.544.4444
  • Tahoe Youth & Family Services - 800.870.8937
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - 800.950.6264
  • Teen Peer to Peer Support - (800) 852-8336 from 6 pm to 10 pm PST
  • Text Line - Text 'TEEN' to 839863



Area Resources

Barton Psychiatry & Mental Health in South Lake Tahoe - 530.600.1968

Barton Community Health Center - 530.543.5623

A Balanced Life

Carson Tahoe Behavioral Health Services - Inpatient Psychiatric & Treatment (Adults)

Carson Tahoe Behavioral Health Services - Outpatient Psychiatric & Treatment (Adults)

El Dorado County Behavioral Health

Family Resource Center

Live Violence Free

NAMI El Dorado County - South Lake Tahoe
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI hosts a monthly Family Support Group for those with loved ones dealing with a mental health issue or co-occurring addiction issues. Please call for date, time and location information.

Sierra Child & Family Services

Tahoe Youth & Family Services



State and National Resources

Take Action for Mental Health

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)




Psychologists & Private Therapists

Catherine Aisner, PHD, PSY

Maddie Bishop, APCC

Sandra Branton, EDD, LMFT

Kaye Brindley

Thomas Dickey, MFT

Erin Eisenlohr, LMFT

Ellen Fisher

Laurie Gallagher, LSCW

Elizabeth (Betsy) Glass, LCSW

Juanita Hernandez-Morin, PSyD

Nancy J. Huzicka Crebs, LMFT

Erin Kelly, LMFT

Jennifer Kile, LMFT

Colleen Klym, LMFT

Anna K. Lee, LMFT

Marta McLean, LMFT

Kate Mosher, LCSW

Viola Nungary, MFT

Lisa Olson, LMFT

Marni Perschnick, LCSW

Marianna Randolph, LCSW

Erin Ritter, LPCC

Lindsay Simon, LMFT

Keith Tanenbaum, LCSW

Taylor Wasko, AMFT


Matthew Wong, PsyD

Learn more about what Barton Health and the Behavioral Health Network do for Mental Health in our community.