ECCAC envisions communities where consumers and family members from all cultures have quality of life, are free from stigmas associated with mental health status, and are empowered to move within mental health systems, through linguistically competent services, resources and support, justice and fair treatment.
Our mission is to utilize the unique experiences and knowledge of culturally and ethnically diverse Communities in support of mental health.
ECCAC is responsible for ensuring that cultural and ethnically competent services are provided to all individuals in need of our services. In addition the Unit strives to ensure that underserved and un-served populations receive the services they need. Through outreach and engagement activities the Unit strives to support those individuals who may not seek services due to linguistic, cultural, and/or ethnic barriers.
ECCAC services include outreach and education, consumer and family support, and advocacy. ECCAC offers services in Amharic, Cantonese, English, Mandarin, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese. To learn more, read the Ethnic & Cultural Communities Advisory Committee (ECCAC) brochure.
ECCAC staff focus on Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings and outreach at community events. MHFA is the initial help given to a person showing symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis (severe depression, psychosis, panic attack, suicidal thoughts and behavior…) until appropriate professional or other help, including peer and family support, can be engaged.
This 8-hour course teaches people how to give first aid to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis situation and/or who are in early stages of mental health disorder. ECCAC provides MHFA trainings at Learning Partnership, community centers schools, businesses, and organizations.
To request a FREE MHFA training, your group must provide:
- A minimum of eight (8) participants, and
- A room with a projector, sound equipment (eg: speakers), a computer that can support Microsoft PowerPoint, and table space.
To request an MHFA training for yourself or your group, please contact Leticia Medina, Mental Health Peer Support Worker lead, e-mail: Leticia.Medina2@hhs.sccgov.org
ECCAC's MHFA brochure
Mental Health First Aid USA Website