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Promoting parity: DRC helps Californians gain the same access to mental health services as to other health services - Read Disability Rights California's official press release from December 4, 2013

Mental health stigma as a public health concern - Read Public Health Newswire's Q & A article about mental health stigma as a public health concern

Suicide Prevention Week - The 39th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week offers an opportunity to inform the public about great strides in addressing this public health issue through prevention. This memo includes links to suicide prevention resources in California and a calendar of related events during Suicide Prevention Week and beyond. These materials are intended to:
• Help raise awareness of California’s efforts to prevent suicide
• Point your collaborative partners and networks to suicide prevention resources
• Encourage all of us to become involved in Suicide Prevention Week by participating in a local event Read more information about Suicide Prevention week here, from September 3, 2013!

The Associated Press, an international news organization, will include new guidelines for reporting on mental health in its AP Stylebook, The AP Stylebook is known as a key resource for journalists and is used by print, broadcast and online newsrooms.  The guidelines will improve the way people with mental health disabilities are reported on by the news industry.  Press releases from the National Association of Broadcasters and AP can be found at and For a related Disability Rights California fact sheet see

House Approves Eliminating 'Lunatic' From Federal Law - read full article posted on the New York Times from December 5, 2012

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