Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) October 13, 2012
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) is encouraging consumers to learn about clinical depression and seek help for themselves and their loved ones. In observance of October as National Depression Awareness Month, she has released a public service announcement video, which is available on YouTube.
“Clinical depression affects more than 19 million Americans each year,” stated Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi. “We all get the blues from time to time, but if your symptoms last for more than two weeks or if you have thoughts about suicide, it’s important to get help. Depression is a medical condition that is common and treatable.”
Depression can happen to anyone. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Some of the symptoms include a persistent sad or anxious mood, loss of pleasure and interest in activities once enjoyed, sleeping too much or too little, difficulty concentrating, or having thoughts about suicide.
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi encourages Alameda County residents to call the Crisis Support Services of Alameda County hotline at 1-800-309-2131 if they need help. A nationwide hotline is also available at 1-800-273-TALK.
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi is a dedicated mental health advocate. She is a Commissioner on the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, which was created to monitor the implementation of Prop 63. Since its inception, Prop 63 has provided almost $250 million dollars to Alameda County.
She is also a member of the Executive Committee for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a public-private partnership that helps guide the implementation of the goals and objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi serves the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and Sunol.
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