County health experts claim more than 750-thousand San Diegans have a mental illness, that's one in 4 adults throughout the county.
To help those who are affected, officials are launching a prevention and education campaign. The campaign, called "It's Up To Us", was launched by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.
County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price said she believes it's those barriers that hold people back from getting help.
"Eighty percent of those who seek treatment early do have a chance to get over the problem, to understand what their problem is, to learn the coping skills, and to be very healthy and successful in the future," said Slater-Price. "That is part of our message here, don't struggle in silence."
The campaign shows messages in both English and Spanish on a variety of media outlets, such as television, newspapers, the Internet, billboards, and buses throughout the region.