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CAYEN Celebrates Successful Event

Congratulations to the California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN), CAYEN Board Members, year-one project partners and Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Action Teams from around California for successfully creating and implementing an entire year's program within only four months. 

After COVID-19 invaded our lives, CAYEN had to redesign and implement a series of projects and events that fit within the ever changing restrictions of COVID-19 and other societal changes. One of the events concluded this week, a free LIVE 2-day virtual event,TAY DAYS at the Capital, "No More Silence, Reclaim Your Voice."   The TAY were amazing. If you missed it, check out our CAYEN Facebook page for the videos.  

If you or your organization does not currently incorporate TAY leadership, you are denying yourself the opportunity to know, to grow and to exist with additional purpose. MHAC encourages you to incorporate TAY into your leadership. TAY can play an integral part in elevating your projects, programs, services and organizations to the next level.


California Doesn't Need To Force More People Into Mental Health Treatment, But Services Are Lacking, State Audit Finds
Many severely mentally ill Californians are cycling in-and-out of forced psychiatric holds due to a lack of treatment options when they're released, according to a report this week from the state auditor.
The report looks at the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, the California law that governs involuntary mental health treatment for people deemed a threat to themselves or others, or who cannot meet their own basic needs due to a mental illness.

'Go on Medi-Cal to Get That': Why Californians with Mental Illness are Dropping Private Insurance to get Taxpayer-Funded Treatment

There's an open secret among those who care for people with serious mental illnesses.
In dozens of interviews, families, attorneys, judges, therapists and public officials agree: People with serious mental illnesses often do better dropping private insurance and qualifying for taxpayer-funded treatment.

COVID-19 Losses and Uncertainty Have Led to a Mental Health Crisis. Here's How to Help
Nearly one-third of Americans are experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety. Coronavirus quarantine is harder the longer we're told it will last.
The National Center for Health Statistics and Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey shows that in the third week of July, 30 percent of adults had symptoms of depressive disorder, compared to 6.6 percent last year; 36 percent had symptoms of an anxiety disorder, compared to 8.2 percent last year. Commonly affected groups appear to be women with children, young adults and people who are in sexual and gender minority groups.

Virtual Events

Monday, August 10, 2020 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time

Innovative Solutions to Address Social Isolation in Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Registration is required to join this event. If you have not registered, please do so now.
Join the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs (ONHPP) for a Spotlight on Health webinar on Monday, August 10, at 2:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will highlight innovative solutions to address social isolation in older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Suicide:  A Major Public Health Problem that Needs Attention Now
Of the top 10 leading causes of death, only two have increased: suicide and influenza/pneumonia. More than 48 000 people died by suicide in the United States in 2018. The majority of violent deaths in this country are suicides, and our prevention efforts have failed. Suicide is a complex public health problem that is multi-determined and will not be solved with incremental change.  Whereas some other countries have been able to reduce their national rate, there has not been the same level of attention to the emerging evidence, data informed resource allocation, and level of national investment in suicide prevention in the United States. Join Dr. Wilcox as she shares highlights on the scope and burden of suicide as well as key policies and practices that have the strongest evidence to make sustained national impact on suicide prevention.


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