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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.


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. 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.

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.


Resources by Insurance Types

  Medicare/ Medi-Cal No Insurance/ Low Income
Adult, Severe
Adult, Mild to Moderate
Adult, Mild to Moderate
Child, Severe
Child, Mild to Moderate

Always call your insurance carrier to get a list of in-network providers as the list above may change and is not a comprehensive list. There is also an option of setting up a single-case agreement. Check your insurance coverage as it may include an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which can provide therapy sessions among other benefits.

Private Pay

"Private Pay” means paying out of pocket which may be through cash, sliding scale fees, HSA, credit card, or check. Some insurances will pay a portion of the costs out of network by reimbursing the client for submitted receipts or a “Superbill”.