Weekly Wrap-Up
September 18, 2020


Orange County Should Prioritize Mental Health 
Over More Jail Space
With very little public discussion or input, on May 5, the Orange County Board of Supervisors quietly voted to give Bernard Bros. Inc. approximately $261 million to build almost 900 new jail beds at the James A. Musick jail in Irvine. But jail is simply no place for individuals suffering from serious mental illness, even if the jail gets labeled with a mental health tag.

Psychologist Links Prolonged Poor Air Quality to Increase in Depression and Isolation
A San Francisco psychologist has seen an increase in patients feeling isolated and depressed during the last week as air quality turned unhealthy due to wildfires burning across the West Coast.
Doctor of clinical psychology Andrea Zorbas is seeing an increase in patients reporting headaches and signs of depression. The poor air quality is to blame.

Your 'Surge Capacity' Is Depleted - It's Why You Feel Awful
While the phrase "adjusting to the new normal" has been repeated endlessly since March, it's easier said than done. How do you adjust to an ever-changing situation where the "new normal" is indefinite uncertainty?

These 5 Habits Will Help You Stay Focused All Day. A Psychologist Explains
Why Finding it hard to concentrate these days? Here's how to get back on track.

Program and Film Contest for Youth

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest is a free and evaluated program that engages youth to learn about mental health, suicide prevention and other critical health and social justice topics through film and art.
Youth are exposed to knowledge about the topics of mental health, suicide prevention, and social justice through educational resources, instructional tools to educators, and additional resources to further learning about the basic components of these topics. From here, youth must apply their knowledge to create their own unique message about suicide prevention, mental health and social justice for their peers. The creative process of filmmaking and creating art requires youth to synthesize their knowledge resulting in a deeper level of understanding.

Virtual Events

California Alliance and Catalyst Center Fall Institutes
 Better Together: Resilience Through Connection
The California Alliance and the Catalyst Center are going virtual! New Fall Institutes with the theme Better Together: Resilience through Connection will bring together Alliance member organizations, educators, mental health professionals and caregivers serving California's most vulnerable children, youth and families.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9-5:15: Leading in Uncertain Times
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 9-5:15:  Healing Through Connection
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 9-5:15: Equitable Education During COVID-19
  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 9-5:15: Caregiving During Crisis


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