News for the Week of August 31, 2015

//News for the Week of August 31, 2015

News for the Week of August 31, 2015

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More Californians Prepared to Help Those At Risk of Suicide
Each Mind Matters – 9.2.15

In preparation for the 41st annual Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 7-13), a recent evaluation found that more Californians than ever know the signs of suicide and are ready to intervene when someone is struggling. More than 3,800 Californians die by suicide annually, and in 2010, 16,000 people were hospitalized for self-inflicted injuries in the state. With funding and support from CalMHSA through the voter-approved Prop. 63, California has made a significant investment in initiatives seeking to prevent suicides, promote mental wellness, and connect individuals with help before reaching a crisis point. Executive director of CalMHSA, Dr. Wayne Clark says that “by educating the public about warning signs and local resources, strengthening crisis centers, and funding suicide prevention training programs, CalMHSA’s suicide prevention initiative is positively impacting California now and will for years to come.”

Mental Health Stigmas Are Shifting
CNN – 9.2.15

According to CNN, “mental health has a long-standing public perception problem, but the stigma appears to be shifting, at least in the United States.” Results from a national online survey on mental health, anxiety and suicide indicate that 90% of Americans value mental and physical health equally.The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and other allies commissioned the poll of a random sampling of Americans, 18 years and older, in August. The survey also found that “despite recognizing a link between mental health and overall well-being, the majority of survey participants view access to mental health care inaccessible and costly.” 

While Counties Delay Mental Health Services, Out-of-County Foster Youth Languish
The Chronicle of Social Change – 8.31.15

Part 6 of the Chronicle’s series on the experiences of foster youth placed “out-of-county,” introduces Esther–a 14-year old foster youth from Nevada County who was sent to live with the Cleveland family in Alameda County. The Cleveland’s had an incredibly challenging time getting Esther needed mental health services, which she had been receiving for years in foster care, in the county they lived in. Their experience is not unique. Long delays for mental health support are a common experience for the more than 12,500 foster youth who are placed out-of-county in California. Because each county in California manages its own network of service providers, children who are moved across county lines find themselves “out of network.” The lack of protocols for transferring youth between counties means that it may take months for services to become available in the youth’s new county of residence.

Other Stories:

One Step Forward, One Step Back in Medication Reform for Foster Children
California Healthline – 8.27.15
Children With Mild Mental Health Issues Are Often Overlooked
News Ok – 9.2.15
California Moves to Stop Psychiatric Meds in Foster Care
NPR – 9.2.15
Helping Students Cope With The Pressures of School
NAMI – 9.1.15
With Mental Health, Calif. Child Welfare Systems Must Learn from the Best
The Chronicle of Social Change – 8.31.15

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