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In The News: NAMI Merced County

November 16, 2019

“ERs throughout California are reporting a sharp increase in adolescents and young adults seeking care for a mental health crisis. In 2018, California ERs treated 84,584 young patients ages 13 to 21 who had a primary diagnosis involving mental health. That is up from 59,705 in 2012, a 42% increase, according to data provided by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

Resources to prevent mental health crisis among youth are often lacking.

“We’re not doing a great job with Read More

    “Cecilia McGough was diagnosed with schizophrenia in college.

    “I thought that I was not only losing my mind but also my future as well,” she said.

    For years, she says she hid her condition because of the stigma, so she started the group Students With Schizophrenia to raise awareness.”

    “I would want people to realize that we are people first before our diagnosis,” she said. “I’m more than my hallucinations. I’m more than the paranoia. And also to get away from this myth Read More

    “America’s suicide problem has now reached crisis levels. Every year since 1999, the country’s suicide rate has increased, climbing 33 percent in the past two decades. Alarmingly, new analyses show the increase has been sharper in teenagers and adolescents than any other age group.

    Leading medical authorities argue the United States could reduce those skyrocketing rates with a relatively simple solution by screening for suicide in health clinics Read More

    Graduate students at UC Merced have reported a serious and growing need for mental health services at the UC Merced.  This summer, the California Legislature passed a $214 billion budget that includes $5.3 million for student mental health services.  This funding is necessary to maintain the current level of counselors within the university health services.  It is unclear whether it will provide the necessary funding to increase services.  At the ten-campus UC system, the number of students seeking mental health Read More

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