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Fear Of Deportation, Hate Crimes Reportedly Threaten Mental Health Of Young Californians
Kaiser Health News – 1.3.17
According to advocates, mental health providers, and educators, young people in the country who are undocumented immigrants, or have family members who are undocumented, are experiencing a surge in stress, depression and anxiety. The same is true for youth belonging to groups targeted by threats or hate crimes, such as Muslim, transgender, African American, and female youth. Imelda Padilla-Frausto, a mental health researcher at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, suggests that discrimination leads to increased mental conditions and that young children often absorb stress and experience depression. At Oakland International High School, nearly 30% of the students are undocumented and 28% of the students are refugees who have been granted asylum. According to the 2014-2015 California Healthy Kids Survey, almost half of the 11th and 12th graders at the school have reported frequent feelings of sadness and hopelessness; 9% have seriously considered suicide. Stephanie Noriega, a clinician from La Familia Counseling Service, says that many youth feel unsafe since the recent presidential election and have lost all motivation to do well in school.
Juvenile Detention Centers Struggle with Transgender Inmates
Washington Post – 1.1.17
A study in the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law found that 12% of young people in detention halls are transgender or gender-nonconforming, yet advocates note that the nation’s juvenile detention centers are ill-equipped to support transgender teens. Too often, young transgender individuals are sent to centers based on their anatomy and not their gender identity, leaving them vulnerable to bullying, sexual assault, depression and suicide. Being placed in detention centers based on their sex can be emotionally detrimental to these young people, as suppressing someone’s gender expression can worsen psychological needs such as depression, anxiety and gender dysphoria. Activists also fear that some mental health professionals in these institutions are not trained in supporting transgender youth.
Group Homes For Foster Children on Way Out in California
Ventura County Star – 12.30.16
The article investigates the challenges foster youth and advocates may face as California group homes begin to be phased out in early 2017. Starting January 1, operators of nearly a dozen small county group homes that serve young people can either shut down or convert into short-term residential treatment facilities. Joshua Camper, who oversees the Trinity House group homes in Oxnard, says that “unfortunately, it’s going to be like a guinea pig…group homes are going to be experiments, and we’re going to be learning through trial and error. The state does not even know how this is going to work.” Jill Duerr Berrick, a professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, believes the biggest challenge for reaching the goals put forward by the legislation will be identifying, screening, and supporting the thousands of new foster parents that will be required in California.
A Peer Recovery Coach Walks The Frontlines Of The Opioid Epidemic
Kaiser Health News – 1.5.17
Complexities of Sheltering Sexually Exploited Youth Result in Closure of San Mateo Group Home
The Chronicle of Social Change – 1.5.17
Young Artists in Michigan Detention Facilities Make Themselves Heard in New Documentary
Michigan Radio – 1.4.17
Sonoma County Joins Effort To Shift Care Of Mentally Ill Away From Jails
The Press Democrat – 12.31.16
How Carrie Fisher & Princess Leia Taught Me To Confront My Mental Illness
Bustle – 12.29.16
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