About Each Aggie Matters

Each Aggie Matters unites the tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff at UC Davis in an open and affirming dialogue about mental health. We refuse to stay silent about such an important issue—an issue that impacts us all. Together, we are creating a campus where Each Aggie Matters. Each Aggie Matters is a partner with Each Mind Matters and is supported by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

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Why Each Aggie Matters

We are all different - and that's a good thing! But we have more in common than we realize...

One in four American Adults lives with a diagnosable mental illness in a given year. But fear of judgment, isolation and discrimination may keep them from getting the help they need and the support they deserve.

Mental health is as important to our well-being as physical health. In fact, the two are inter-related. As with physical health, we can prevent unnecessary suffering if we can identify mental health challenges early or even prevent them by taking good care of ourselves and each other.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Want to get involved? For more information and details about on campus events please visit the UC Davis Mental Health Awareness Month website.

Did you know?

A diagnosis of mental illness is not a life sentence. Help is available and recovery is possible. With support and treatment, most people who are living with mental health challenges report reduced symptoms and an increased quality of life.

Research shows that half of all mental illness starts by age 14 and three-quarters start by age 24. But an average of 6 to 8 years pass after the onset of mood disorder symptoms - 9 to 23 years for anxiety disorder symptoms - before young people get help.

A mental health challenge can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term).

Common risk factors that can lead to mental health challenges, according to the Mayo Clinic, include:

  • Undergoing stressful life situations such as the death of a loved one, divorce or loss of a job.
  • Experiencing trauma such as military combat or being assaulted.
  • Having a chronic medical condition, such as cancer.
  • Being abused or neglected as a child.

People who have been diagnosed with a mental illness are teachers, doctors, politicians, lawyers, artists, business owners and scientists, among many other occupations that contribute to society in major ways. They are our colleagues, family, friends and neighbors. "They" are us.

People living with mental health challenges are not defined by their condition. It is just a small part of who they are and how they live their lives.

You can help to end stigma by openly accepting people who are diagnosed with a mental illness in your family and community.

California's Mental Health Movement

California is taking unprecedented steps to eliminate the barriers of stigma and discrimination so each person knows help is available and feels safe asking for the support they need. Here's how we're doing it:

  • Prevention and early intervention save lives and dollars by delivering help before a crisis when it's most effective and less costly.
  • Local programs and grassroots efforts conceived, designed and implemented at the local level reach California's diverse communities with targeted solutions.
  • Underserved audiences are a priority, because every person, family and community can benefit from improved mental health.

Each Mind Matters is California's mental health movement.


California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) Logo The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. Prevention and early intervention (PEI) initiatives implemented by CalMHSA – and collected under the banner of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement – include Stigma and Discrimination Reduction, Suicide Prevention and Student Mental Health, all of which are funded through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63). For more information, visit www.calmhsa.org.

Prop 63

Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) In November 2004 California voters passed Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Prop. 63 provided the funding and the framework needed to transform the community mental health system from a crisis-driven system to one focused on prevention and wellness and to expand services to reach previously underserved populations and all of California’s diverse communities. Specifically, the MHSA provides funding for community services and supports, prevention and early intervention (PEI), housing, innovation, capital facilities, technology and workforce investment and training.