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New Campaign Hopes to Help Mentally Ill Get Treatment



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(Sacramento, Ca)
Friday, January 20, 2012

According to Sacramento County's Division of Behavioral Health Services, one in four people will suffer from some form of mental illness.  To help encourage treatment and compassion, the media campaign will spend $800,000 on commercials and public service announcements this year.  State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg co-authored the law that provided the funding.  

STEINBERG:  "When someone breaks a leg or has a heart condition, they never fear telling a co-worker or a friend what's wrong or what happened to them."

But, the county says only one-third of people who have a mental illness will seek help.  The local campaign is part of a $12 million statewide effort.  Sacramento County is throwing a party tomorrow morning at 10A.M. at the Sam Pannell Community Center to celebrate. 

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