According to the World Health Organization nearly 400 million have depression.
And Imperial County helping bring much needed awareness to mental health by having the First Annual World Mental Health Day Fair.
Dozens came to learn about various services that are available for a person’s wellness.
Just a few years ago Reina Lopez suffered from severe depression isolating herself from her family.
"She went through a lot of mental abuse physical and mental abuse with her parents over the years it was just too much and that came all the way back from when she was small," Reina Lopez said as her son David interpreted for her.
Lopez says it got so bad she wanted to commit suicide fortunately she decided to finally get help.
"She voluntarily went to Behavioral Health. She went and asked for help," Reina said through her son David.
Imperial County Behavioral Health wants everyone that needs help to do as Lopez did. A big reason why they’ve held the First Annual World Mental Health Day Fair.
Twenty-five local health and service organizations reached out to the community bringing awareness to their services.
"Mental health disorders are the largest group of disorders on the planet. More people are disabled by it then by anything else. It gets very little discussion," Director of Imperial County Behavioral Health Michael Horn said.
"Very important because some people have a lot of issues. People are depressed and they’re not aware that there is help," David Lopez said.
Horn says the good thing about the Imperial Valley is that people are family oriented and depend on religion but he says even with that there may still be a risk.
"We are much more susceptible to depression and anxiety when we’re under a lot of stress," Horn said.
Reina says it’s important to get help no matter how devastating it seems.
"There is hope there’s a lot of agencies like Behavioral Health Center that are willing to help and that’s why there here to help out because depression is an illness they could help people out just like it helped her out," Reina said through her son.
Behavioral Health hopes you seek out help if you need it and that they hope there will be no more stigma regarding mental health.
The Behavioral Health Center is located on the corner of 8th Street and Broadway in El Centro if you or anyone needs help please call (760) 482-4000.