RUHS Hosts Free Mental Health Awareness Fairs in Celebration of Mental Health Month

PALM DESERT, MENIFEE AND RIVERSIDE — Riverside University Health System — Behavioral Health encourages community members to attend a free, family-friendly mental health awareness fair being held at various locations throughout Riverside County in celebration of Mental Health Month.

The events will take place at three different locations on three different dates, including the Palm Desert Civic Center Park on Wednesday, May 3, from noon to 5 p.m., Central Park in Menifee on Thursday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fairmount Park in Riverside on Thursday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Guests can enjoy food, music, entertainment, and games while learning about local resources and services for behavioral health and wellness.  Local mental health and wellness organizations and advocates will also be in attendance to share information and provide resources.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year, and at RUHS, the importance of mental health awareness is emphasized.

“At RUHS, we believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and we are proud to support Mental Health Month by hosting these events,” Dr. Matthew Chang, director of RUHS-Behavioral Health, said in a statement.  “By bringing together our county partners, local organizations, and advocates, we can raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues,” Dr. Chang said.

For more information about the mental health awareness fairs, visit or call Mindy McFarland at 951-358-3586.

Caption above: Guests enjoyed music at last year’s Mental Health Awareness Fair.


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  • Guests enjoyed music at last year’s Mental Health Awareness Fair.: RUHS