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‘Sin of Suicide’ is Losing its Stigma
Idaho State Journal – 6.20.15
For nearly 60 years, Idaho has ranked in the top 10 states with the highest suicide rates. Experts point to a number of contributing factors, including “poverty, a ’pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps’ mentality among the population, lack of affordable health care and accessibility to guns.” Stigma towards suicide and mental illness is also a significant factor. However, Idaho’s faith community is working to reduce stigma towards suicide and better support individuals and families who have lost someone.
Calif. Congressman Tony Cárdenas Introduces Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act
California Newswire – 6.18.15
California Congressman Tony Cárdenas introduced a federal bill this week that would ban “solitary confinement for youth in federal juvenile facilities, and requires an annual report to Congress on the rate at which juveniles are still subject to solitary confinement.” On the state level, similar legislation is pending before California’s legislature. Sponsored by State Senator Mark Leno, SB 124 calls for significant limits on the use of this controversial practice. SB 124 was passed by the California State Senate on June 2 and is currently being considered by the Assembly. While this bill does not go as far as banning solitary confinement, according to California Newswire, “Cárdenas is hopeful it will be approved by the California Assembly and signed by Governor Brown.”
L.A. County’s Foster Center Should be Closed Immediately, Panel Says
LA Times – 6.22.15
Los Angeles’s foster care system should “promptly shut down its last-resort facility for older youth with nowhere else to go and make significant new investments in the facility for younger youth,” concluded a special committee, appointed by the county’s Board of Supervisors. According to the LA Times, the facilities lack “sufficient bedding, bathrooms and showers, as well as mental health and the education professionals necessary to meet” the needs of youth who are among the hardest to place in foster care.
Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies
NPR – 6.25.14
Teen mental health: Signs of the times
Comox Valley Times – 6.24.15
Truckee Mom Uses Son’s Memorial Fund to Support Mental Health Awareness
Sierra Sun – 6.23.15