The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health is partnering with Univision to host a mental health and immigration awareness telecast on Thursday, July 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on KMEX, Channel 34 in Los Angeles.
This event will help create awareness and discussion of mental health and immigration issues affecting Spanish-speaking communities.
The telethon will be simultaneously viewed live in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Kern counties.
LACDMH staff will be interviewed live during the six-hour event and nearly 40 Spanish-speaking volunteers will participate in answering calls and giving mental health referrals, including the ACCESS line at 1-800-854-7771.
Since January 2014, LACDMH and Univision’s Senior Mental Health Reporter, Julio Cesar Ortiz, M.F.T., have worked together on a bi-weekly segment for its nightly news show, entitled “Una Mente, Una Vida,” a discussion of mental health issues and decreasing the stigma associated with the diagnosis of mental illness.
Julio Cesar Ortiz, M.F.T., and the LACDMH Public Information Office (PIO) collaborated on the project, committing to years of featured stories. Univision reaches more than two million viewers during the 6 p.m. news broadcast every Sunday.
LACDMH promotes access to mental health services for all communities. If you would like info on programs or to speak with a multi-language subject matter expert, contact email@example.com.
About the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health is the largest county-operated mental health department in the United States, directly operating 80 program sites and more than 100 co-located sites. Each year, it contracts with approximately 800 agencies and individual practitioners to provide a spectrum of mental health services to more than 250,000 residents of all ages. The Department’s mission – enriching lives through partnership to strengthen our community’s capacity to support recovery and resiliency – is accomplished by working with stakeholders and community partners to provide clinically competent, culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate mental health services to clients in the least restrictive manner possible. For more information, visit http://dmh.lacounty.gov.