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LA County Revisits the Importance of Mental Health After COVID-19 Surge; The Work of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health is ‘Amplified’ Due to Current State of Pandemic
November 13, 2020
As news of an increase in the spread of the COVID-19 virus arises, it has also heightened the senses of worry about what more can be endured, the outbreak has been a rollercoaster filled with twists and turns. There has been extreme strain put on everyone to have stability and a light shined on the overall quality of life. The County of Los Angeles continue the stride to move into the unknown but with more resources to get the mental help needed on the journey to a new frontier. ... read more »
Free Screening & Panel of Atlanta Black Tech Mecca Film Continues to Spotlight Excellence of Emerging Filmmakers in 2020 BHERC TV Virtual Film Festival
November 5, 2020
One of the best short film festivals featuring emerging and veteran filmmakers continues through November 29, 2020. ... read more »
The Future of Education is at stake in the 2020 Election
October 29, 2020
Karen Gross, a former college president who once served as a senior policy advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, told BlackPressUSA that the election's impact on education would be profound across the early childhood – adult education pipeline. ... read more »
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Amid Pandemic Hardship, Two New Laws Expand Mental Health Coverage 
October 1, 2020
“The bills I am signing today will help Californians access the behavioral health services they need to recover,” Gov. Newsom said. “Earlier this year, I pledged to put these critical services within reach of more Californians, through reforming our Mental Health Services Act and laws that allow loved ones and service providers to ask courts to compel those who need treatment into community-based outpatient care. Today, we do just that.”  ... read more »
NAMI and Designer Kenneth Cole Team to Fight Mental Illness
September 10, 2020
COVID-19, social unrest, job loss, and business closures are all forces that have come together to create more trauma in the African American community. ... read more »
Community-Based Alternatives to Police Response Advances to Governor’s Desk
September 3, 2020
A bill to establish a pilot program to have community-based organizations serve as first responders instead of the police awaits only Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature. ... read more »
L.A. Board of Supervisors Present Motion to Close Men’s Central Jail within a Year
July 8, 2020
Solis announced the movement on the table that was in deliberation on July 7, to close one of Los Angeles’ largest correctional facilities; Men’s Central Jail looks to be shut down in one year. In retrospect, the supervisors reflected on the role of mental health within the justice system and found that mental health issues should not equate into carrying out time imprisoned without healing treatment. ... read more »
Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
June 24, 2020
PASADENA, Calif.— June 24, 2020—This Saturday, June 27, we observe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, and June is also PTSD Awareness Month. According to the American Psychiatric Association, PTSD affects approximately 3.5-percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD. While many believe the mental health disorder only affects military veterans, many Americans who are not veterans of war also experience nightmares or flashbacks caused by PTSD. Those people often relive traumatic events – such as major accidents, sexual assault or witnessing trauma – which become seared in their memories and can negatively affect their mental health. ... read more »
Mayor Garcetti speaks with LA’s leading therapist Michelle Cauley to discuss mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
April 22, 2020
Tuesday, April 21. Mayor Eric Garcetti provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic surrounding the Los Angeles region. The L.A. City Mayor was joined by licensed therapist, Michelle Cauley to share news regarding the response to coronavirus. COVID-19 has played a major role in the increase of mental strain. Loss of jobs, death, isolation, and worry of what is to come has all contributed to the cases of stress that are escalating. ... read more »
California Surgeon General: Keep Your Stress in Check During COVID-19 Crisis
April 16, 2020
At a press conference in Sacramento last week, Burke Harris spoke about the importance of mental health during the pandemic. An increase in stress hormones during a time of worry and uncertainty can impact an individual’s physical health, she said. ... read more »
Keeping Good Mental Health During COVID-19 Health Crisis
April 9, 2020
Anabel Basulto, a licensed marriage and family therapist with Kaiser Permanente Southern California, says paying attention to your mental health during these challenging times is just as important as keeping good physical health. ... read more »
“Care First, Jails Last” for a Healthier, Safer Los Angeles County
April 9, 2020
Far too many people cycle in and out of jail instead of getting the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives ... read more »
Experience and Knowledge are Lacey’s Strong Points
February 27, 2020
"I have the legal knowledge and experience from within the DA's office to meet any challenge that comes my way, " said Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey who is up for reelection (date).   ... read more »
Wesson Remains Thankful Despite Family’s Personal Heartbreak
November 28, 2019
L.A. Council President shares pain of son’s battle with homelessness and addiction. ... read more »
Dorsey Football Legend Shows Disparities in Justice, Mental Health System Part 2
November 21, 2019
Former Dorsey Football star Antonio Carrion was once considered to be the best wide receiver in southern California and the nation. His battle with Bipolar Paranoid Schizophrenia led him to homelessness and the Criminal Justice System, showing the lack of institutional resources put in place for people living with mental illness.  ... read more »
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