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Improving Mental Health Services for Teens and Young Adults

Although the prevalence and burden of mental illness is the greatest in children and young people, adolescents and young adults are the least likely population group to seek help or to access professional care for mental health problems. Mental health issues do not just burden the person with the illness – their family and [...]

By | 2017-05-23T16:22:30+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Community Voices|0 Comments

Voices of Creative Advocacy: Tristin Severns

Note: editors of the Weekly MashUp will be attending CMHACY this week. We look forward to bringing you a special edition of the WMU when we return.  On April 29th, we hosted our kick off to Mental Health Awareness Month event, Creative Advocacy, in San Francisco. We honored five youth and adult advocates for their work [...]

By | 2017-05-16T15:41:40+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Community Voices, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Wellness Starts With Our Youth: A Series on Bay Area Youth Leading Change in Mental Health

Part 2 with Nadia Ghaffari, Founder of TeenzTalk Please see part 1 of series. Nadia was first introduced to mental health in her psychology class during 10th grade. Her community had previously experienced two teen suicide clusters, so she knew the topic was important, but like most of her classmates, she lacked a tangible [...]

By | 2017-04-11T17:45:32+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Community Voices, Featured Posts|0 Comments

When You Feel Like There’s Too Much on Your Plate

You're a daughter; a granddaughter; a sibling or BFF; a student; an employee; perhaps a dedicated religious follower; an errand girl; maybe a girlfriend or young wife; an auntie or new mommy yourself. You act as an accountant for your bills; applying to college and starting a career makes you your own public relations [...]

By | 2017-03-22T23:20:45+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Community Voices, Featured Posts, Gen Bold|1 Comment

A Flexible Approach for Improving Mental Health Care In Schools

I’ve worked with children since I was old enough to do so, either as a babysitter, tutor, mentor, or camp counselor, and have focused my psychology major on child development and mental health. The biggest takeaway from my experience with children and study of their psychological development has been the crucial role of teachers [...]

By | 2017-03-30T22:31:22+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Blogger Intros, Community Voices, Featured Posts, Gen Bold|1 Comment

Wellness Starts with Our Youth: A Series on Bay Area Youth Leading Change in Mental Health

“Wellness” is a term you hear often in Silicon Valley. But what does it really mean? To some families, wellness revolves around externally gratifying accomplishments – a child is doing well if he or she is earning straight As, participating in resume-bolstering extracurricular activities, and getting into the most prestigious universities. From parents to [...]

By | 2017-04-10T23:07:43+00:00 February 9th, 2017|California, Community Voices, Featured Posts|0 Comments

A call to advocate: Critical portions of the Affordable Care Act that help children and adolescents struggling with mental illness

The Affordable Care Act (i.e. the ACA or “Obamacare”) has provided more support and access to treatment for children struggling with mental illness than any other health care reform law since Medicaid. Most importantly, the ACA championed the advancement of mental health parity, which is an idea that treatments for mental illness should be [...]

This New Year, Please Remember the Kids Who Can’t Go Home

“He wanted to ride his bike into traffic.”  “He returned home with cuts on his neck.”  “He’s talking suicide…Please take action.”  “He turned a knife on himself when he was six.”  These words reflect the experiences of four young men who have never met, are from different towns, and have their own unique life stories.  [...]

This Is Happiness

In the positive spirit of the recent strides in youth mental health care reform across the nation (in Duluth, Palo Alto, Cayuga County, California, and Georgia), here is a post brought to you by sheer happiness. According to Buster from the show, Arthur (one of the best shows ever): “Happiness is pizza on a Friday [...]

By | 2017-03-22T23:24:29+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Community Voices, Featured Posts, Gen Bold|0 Comments

Young Addicts on How They Turned Their Lives Around

It’s tragic how young so many people are when they become addicted to drugs or alcohol. These substances are constantly destroying lives, but thanks to rehabilitation facilities and some smart choices, a lot of young men and women are turning their lives around before it’s too late. Blake, a young man from Michigan who found [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:25:49+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Blogger Intros, Community Voices, Featured Posts|0 Comments