Rene Czerwinski is a licensed mental health counselor with Pacific Medical Centers. The statistics are staggering–roughly 45 million people in the U.S. suffer from mental illness and at least 10 million of these people suffer from serious mental illness. And, I feel we see evidence of this on our city streets every single day. PacMed is launching a campaign that highlights the importance of identifying and treating mental health issues. Their staff works collaboratively with referrals to appropriate specialists, involving parents and also teachers when working with youth, and working towards identifying mental health issues, including suicidal thoughts as suicide has reached epidemic heights in the US and in much of the world.