Weekly Wrap-Up
August 28, 2020


Zofia Trexler, California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN) President, Delivers Impactful Advocacy

Zofia represented the Transitional Age Youth (TAY, aged 15 - 26) voice as a part of Assembly Member Ramos and Senator Hurtado's Live News Conference when advocating in support of  AB 2112. Assembly Bill 2112 would establish an Office of Suicide Prevention.

Thank you Zofia!

CAYEN and MHAC urge the support of AB 2112

Amid Current Challenges, MHAC Reminds You of the 
Disaster Distress Helpline Resource

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Spanish Speakers
  • Call 1-800-985-5990 and press "2"
  • From the 50 States, text Hablanos to 66746
  • From Puerto Rico, text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663 
Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • Use your preferred relay service to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990
  • TTY 1-800-846-8517

Tips for Healthcare Professionals: Coping with Stress and Compassion Fatigue
As a healthcare professional, you may face stress on the job under usual conditions due to long shifts, competing responsibilities, and witnessing or hearing about difficult patient experiences. As a responder on the front lines of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, you are likely working longer hours, seeing loved ones less, and working in a more stressful environment. At the same time, you may be coping with the mental health effects that all types of disasters, including public health emergencies, often have. As such, you may be noticing signs of stress and distress in yourself and your coworkers.

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Wildfire Resources for Children

The experience of wildfires can have lasting impacts on children.  Learn what you can do before, during and after wildfires to prepare children to cope with wildfires.

Tips for Managing Your Distress Related to Wildfires

Even if you are not directly affected by wildfires, you may experience a sense of distress or vulnerability by living close by or watching the destruction unfold in news reports.

Healing Justice Is How We Can Sustain Black Lives
We are literally - not figuratively - in a fight for our lives.
Right now, those of us most vulnerable and least protected are under attack and whole communities Black, Muslim, disabled, queer, trans, and women-identified folks are being targeted in the streets and in legislative halls. The threats are real and calculated. And the attempts to shore up the institutional correlation between the right to live and able-bodied, white, monied maleness is dangerous and deadly for the rest of us. We can't overstate the impact that the outright plunder of hard-won rights has on our lives and the lives of those around us.

Virtual Events

Register to Register for Our Remaining Town Hall Virtual Meeting
"Finding Strength in Unity and Community" are a series of town hall discussions led by youth who are part of the TAT Team (Transitional Age Youth Action Team) in various counties.  These virtual events will inspire and uplift the conversation affecting TAY (Transitional Age Youth, ages 15-26).


The Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) is excited to announce our next discussion in our Real Talk series:
Racism & Incarceration
Real Talk is a discussion series highlighting topics pertaining to the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Community, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement, systemic racism, and racial injustice.
It is facilitated by the hosts of our "People of Color" Support Group: Dewonna Howard & CW Johnson, as well as Kozi Arrington from PEERS in the East Bay.


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