WMU: Creative Advocacy 2018, School Truancy Not Punishable by Incarceration; Virginia Teens Pass Mental Health Law

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WMU: Creative Advocacy 2018, School Truancy Not Punishable by Incarceration; Virginia Teens Pass Mental Health Law

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Young Minds Advocacy’s 3rd annual Creative Advocacy is this Saturday, which means that there’s only a few days left to get your tickets! Creative Advocacy is our celebration of advocacy, art and community — we’ll be displaying powerful youth art, gathering around food and live music, and honoring advocates who have transformed the landscape of youth mental health. Kick off Mental Health Awareness Month with us! The event will take place from 6 – 9 pm on Saturday, April 28, at SOMArts (934 Brannan St). Get your tickets today at www.ymadvocacy.org/ca-event-2018!


California Court Rules Truancy Is Not Punishable by Incarceration
SFGate – 4.19.18

The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco ruled last week that while repeated truancies are illegal, truant students cannot be sent to juvenile hall, as one teen was in March of 2016.

According to the judge, Justice Therese Stewart, youths who are arrested for truancy can receive counseling, be supervised by the court, or a number of other measures to increase attendance. What is not allowed is the application of “the full force of criminal law,” including incarceration.

The teen in question was placed in juvenile hall for 2 days, and then additionally sentenced to 15 more days of confinement for resisting and obstructing an officer.

“The California Legislature has decided against criminal punishment,” Judge Stewart announced. “It is for the Legislature to decide how to redress a minor’s truant behavior.”

Virginia Teens Pass Law Requiring Classroom Mental Health Instruction
Washington Post – 4.23.18

Students in Albemarle County, Virginia, teamed up to address the stress epidemic that seemed to plague their school. 18-year-old Lucas Johnson saw students’ unaddressed mental health challenges seep into their social media, into bullying, and into the school culture.

These students weren’t alone: Up to 1 in 5 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 live with a mental disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Johnson teamed up with classmates Alexander Moreno and Choetsow Tenzin, lobbying for increased funding for mental health supports in their school. The effort gradually expanded into a law requiring mental health instruction for ninth and tenth graders in Virginia.

Now that the law has passed, it falls upon Virginia’s Board of Education to figure out how to implement it. The law requires that the board consult with mental health experts, and that the state standards be revised to reflect that mental health is in the curriculum.

“The problem itself is very real,” said Tenzin. “We deal with it daily, in our own schools.”

Announcements & Events:

CYC is Looking for a Bay Area Regional Coordinator! 

California Youth Connection is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic person to support youth-led community organizing and advocacy work within foster care.

This person will be located in the Bay Area and work alongside a peer group of Regional Coordinators across California. They will assist in growing CYC membership and volunteers, support chapter sustainability, and execute strategies to develop the leadership of young people with experience in foster care.

Apply here!

San Mateo County Mental Health Awareness Month Kickoff

San Mateo will be kicking off Mental Health Awareness Month (May) by bridging communities to physical & mental wellness through art. At this event, learn about mental wellness, available resources, and how to stop stigma in your community. 

San Mateo County’s Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) kickoff event will be on Friday, May 4, from 6 – 9pm at the Multipurpose Room of Cunha Intermediate School (600 Church St, Half Moon Bay). Enjoy FREE food, dance performances from local dance groups, poetry slams, short film screenings, wellness crafts, and more! There is also free childcare and Spanish interpretation (for other languages, request 5 days before event).

For more information, visit smchealth.org/mentalhealthmonth.

More Stories:

Help Students Vote Act Passes
Young Invincibles – 4.18.18

Stanislaus County Approves a Trial Laura’s Law Program
Modesto Bee — 4.24.18

Bill Introduced to Boost Mental Health Counselors at CSUs
Capital Public Radio – 4.25.18

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