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CREATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS 2018: MEET LAURA & KIJAFA!

To kick off Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Young Minds Advocacy is hosting our 3rd Annual Creative Advocacy — a celebration to support local artists, counter stigma, and honor mental health advocates who change lives. This year, we’re honoring Kijafa and Laura, co-founders of the Seneca Youth Advisory Board. These two have [...]

CREATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS 2018: MEET JOHN LYONS!

To kick off Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Young Minds Advocacy is hosting our 3rd Annual Creative Advocacy — a celebration to support local artists, counter stigma, and honor mental health advocates who change lives. Our next Creative Advocacy awardee is John Lyons, a nationally acclaimed professor, author, and mental health advocate. [...]

On Campus, In Need: YMA Releases New Resource on College Mental Health

College is an exciting and challenging time when young adults take on new responsibilities and pursue rigorous academic goals. It can also be a challenging time as stress from academic and social pressures can become almost unbearable. Students may experience anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviors, eating disorders, and more. Evidence shows that an increasing number [...]

Parents and Caregivers Take Action in L.A.

On February 23-24, 2018, Parents and Caregivers for Wellness (PC4W) brought together over 200 parents, educators, clinicians, and caregivers for a two-day training on how to best meet young people’s social and emotional needs. The event, held at the Haynes Family of Programs in La Verne, California, featured workshops, interactive discussions, and opportunities for [...]

CREATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS 2018: MEET CALLA!

To kick off Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Young Minds Advocacy is hosting our 3rd Annual Creative Advocacy — a celebration to support local artists, counter stigma, and honor mental health advocates who change lives! Our next Creative Advocacy awardee is Calla Peltier-Olson, a longtime TAY advocate and community organizer. Read on [...]

Siavash Zohoori Brings Empathy Into His Advocacy

Young Minds Advocacy spoke with Siavash Zohoori, the keynote speaker for this year’s UC Davis Mental Health Conference, as well as one of the founders of the #HowAreYou campaign. Across the University of California system, the #HowAreYou campaign has championed the need for accessible, diverse mental health services and supports that engage with the [...]

HAPPY 30, CYC: 30 Years of Elevating Youth Voice

CYC 30th Anniversary Rally highlights accomplishments, hopes, & goals On a bright Monday afternoon on the steps of the State Capitol, youth advocate Dylan Murphy declared, “Today is the day we say that stability is a possibility.” Murphy, 20, was one of several youth leaders to address a gathering of over 150 community members [...]

CREATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS 2018: MEET SAM!

To kick off Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Young Minds Advocacy is hosting our 3rd Annual Creative Advocacy — a celebration to support local artists, counter stigma, and honor mental health advocates who change lives! Samantha Chiang, a fierce college mental health advocate, is one of our Creative Advocacy Awardees. Sam, 19, [...]

Youth Speak Truth to MHSOAC

Youth attendees spoke truth to power at the Innovate for Impact mental health summit, where they opened up a dialogue about the need for meaningful youth engagement by the MHSOAC. The Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) and IDEO co-hosted Innovate for Impact, California’s first innovation summit on mental health. The summit, which [...]

Meet Parents & Caregivers for Wellness

After welcoming a packed room, clinical social worker Dr. Kate Messina reminded over 100 parents and caregivers that, despite the presence of challenges and adversity, “every single moment of childhood is an opportunity to learn.” In December 2017, Messina led a two-day training in Chico, California on how parents and caregivers of youth can [...]