Rising Storytellers


The ways that we talk about youth frame our actions.

Instead of using adjectives such as at-risk, homeless, displaced, undocumented, disabled or marginalized youth, put youth first and the situations they experience second, Not only do these adjectives dehumanize youth, they shift blame to young people. Using words that are asset-driven, human-focused, and center on the wholeness of the young person, is a better way to empower them to join in community actions to change the situation.

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In The News: NAMI Merced County

May 22, 2019

More training for law enforcement – “A study by the San Diego County District Attorney found over the past 25 years 80% of officer-involved shootings included people who had drug or mental health issues. Last year there were more than 53,000 calls for service involving a mental health challenge.

District Attorney Summer Stephan said training officers on how to better handle these situations balances public safety with compassion and understanding.

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    The House on May 17 passed H.R. 5, the Equality Act, by a vote of 236-173, to strengthen federal civil rights laws for LGBTQ Americans. Eight Republicans joined 228 Democrats for the historic vote. A priority of House Democrats, the bill would provide explicit nondiscrimination protection for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. To Read More

    Weight shaming – “National studies suggest that as many as 40% of adults have experienced some form of weight stigma, resulting in inequities in employment, healthcare, educational institutions, and other domains of daily life.

    Being a target of weight stigma is also harmful to health. Numerous research studies have documented psychological and physical health consequences of weight stigma in both children and adults.

    Initial evidence suggests that helping patients focus Read More

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