Sharp Chula Vista to hold mental health event

Posted at 5:24 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 20:24:37-04

San Diego County's South Bay has a growing population with mental and behavioral disorders, which is why a Chula Vista hospital is hosting an event to help those who may need it.

Sharp Chula Vista is holding its first South County Behavioral Health Resource Fair this Saturday at Chula Vista High School.

"Statistically, it is showing that it is a bigger problem in the South County," said Mary Cruz, community relations director for Sharp Chula Vista.

Cruz said mental and behavioral issues impact the community, families, businesses and the hospital.

"We know that South County has the higher number of people coming to the emergency department with behavioral health issues," said Cruz.

The free event, called the "Changing Minds -- Minds Matter" fair, will include dozens of mental health experts.

"We're talking about everything," said Cruz, who added the fair is open to people with questions for themselves or family members.

"We're not going to be able to diagnose somebody who's not there," she said. "But we may give you enough things and enough resources so you can take your loved one to get some help."

To learn more about the free event, visit