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Teacher stress levels on the rise

October 12, 2019

The people responsible for teaching our children say stress in their profession is on the rise. According to a Gallup survey, teaching is tied with nursing as the most stressful profession in the United States with educators saying their stress levels are continuing to go up and experts saying that stress can take a major toll more »

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Taking The Cops Out Of Mental Health-Related 911 Rescues

  We hear first hand from families throughout Merced County who have called 911 to get assistance for a loved one experiencing a mental health crisis.  They need help getting their family member to the Behavioral Health Crisis Center.  However, when city police or officers from the Sheriff’s Department respond, the family member is often more »

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Stanford settles mental health lawsuit

“Stanford University has agreed to a “groundbreaking” settlement with a group of students who sought through a class action lawsuit to reform allegedly discriminatory policies affecting students in mental health crisis. Last year, the nonprofit Disability Rights Advocates filed a lawsuit accusing the school of discriminating against students with mental health disabilities, including those who more »

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World Mental Health Day — California takes initiative in battling depression

October 11, 2019

Today is World Mental Health Day. And, California, a state with 10 percent of the U.S. population, just announced that it’s introducing the first toll-free statewide mental health line for non-emergency emotional support and referrals. What a wonderful way to kick off this occasion. This Peer-Run Warm Line is a reason to celebrate. This California warm-line seems to more »

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 – October 6-12

October 7, 2019

Each Mind Matters – Each year in early October, we come together with advocates across the nation to fight stigma and raise awareness about mental health in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week. We all face different levels of mental health challenges at some point throughout our lives, and 50 percent of us will experience more »

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A podcast about California’s attempt to reduce police shootings | CALmatters

October 5, 2019

Cal Matters reporter Laurel Rosenhall explores California’s attempt to curb police shootings as politicians consider the nation’s toughest statewide standard for justifying deadly force. Now that California has passed new laws meant to reduce police shootings, a key question is how much difference they’ll make in the ways officers respond to calls to help people more »

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‘These injuries can be healed.’ New law lets first responders seek workers’ comp for PTSD

October 4, 2019

California firefighters and first responders now have a stronger chance at earning workers’ compensation when they are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder from job-related injuries. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office announced he signed Senate Bill 542 on Tuesday to create a rebuttable presumption that a worker’s mental health struggles are an occupational injury, which could qualify them for paid more »

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Medical Schools Begin to Address Psychological Distress of Students

October 3, 2019

In a 2014 study from the Mayo Clinic and Stanford University, more than half of all U.S. medical students had symptoms of depression, and 56% reported themselves to be burned out. The same study found that medical students were two to five times more likely to have clinically significant depression than similarly aged college graduates pursuing other more »

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NIH announces winners of high school mental health essay contest

October 2, 2019

  Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story The National Institutes of Health is pleased to congratulate the winners of the Speaking Up About Mental Health national essay challenge, which was designed to spur conversations about mental health and encourage youth to seek help for mental health issues. Ten winners and two honorable mentions were more »

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