CHA News Article

Our Health California Videos Support Behavioral Health Action Coalition

CHA and Our Health California (OHC) — a digital community of nearly 1 million supporters — have published two new data-focused videos in support of Behavioral Health Action. Co-founded by CHA this year, Behavioral Health Action is a coalition of more than 50 organizations working to engage candidates and raise awareness about the importance of addressing behavioral health issues statewide.

The videos are the first phase of a three-pronged OHC advocacy campaign to support Behavioral Health Action’s objectives between now and Election Day on Nov. 6. Titled Healthy Minds, each video “datagram” includes key facts about the behavioral health crisis — for example, that it affects millions of Americans, including 6 million Californians, and that many of those affected don’t seek the help they need. The OHC web page also includes information on signs to watch for, available resources and the need to destigmatize mental health issues.

Next week, OHC will launch an advocacy petition urging the 330 congressional and state legislative candidates to prioritize behavioral health issues and provide a written/video response for the Behavioral Health Action website. Between mid-October and Nov. 6, OHC will promote a “get out the vote” campaign urging its community and others to vote for candidates who have clearly prioritized health care issues, including behavioral health.

CHA launched OHC in 2014 with the goal of building healthier communities and advancing access to quality health care. The program has received six national awards for its social media and advocacy campaigns.