Weekly Wrap-Up


Governor's Homeless Plan

This report provides the Legislature context for the state's homelessness crisis, provides an update on major recent state efforts to address homelessness, assesses the Governor's 2020-21 homelessness plan, proposes a framework to help the Legislature develop its own plan and funding allocations, and offers an alternative to the Governor's 2020-21 budget proposal.

Term 'At-Risk Youth' Replaced With 'At-Promise Youth' In California Penal Codes

The term "at-risk youth" was commonly used in both penal and education codes in California - until now.  Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 that officially wiped the phrase from the state's language. The phrase will now be replaced by "at-promise youth."

Vitamin Deficiencies Can Mess With Your Mental Health
There are mood-related signs you're low on nutrients like vitamin D. Here's how to tell and what to do about it.
You'd be hard-pressed not to stumble on a social media #ad for vitamin packs. Trendy supplement brands like Ritual or Care/Of promise their products will help alleviate a series of vitamin deficiencies, which companies warn can cause health issues - including problems with your mental health.
We know we need proper nutrients in order to function properly. But just how much of an impact do they really have on our minds?

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Why Having a 'Vent Buddy' is Important to Your Health
It's that someone you consider a reliable friend whom you can go to whenever you want someone to talk to whom you know won't judge you.  Having a friend who listens to you no matter how overwhelming your rants or situations in life are is undeniably good for you and your health. So, keep that friend.

Seeking Judges for the 2020 Directing Change Program
The Directing Change Program & Film Contest offers young people the opportunity to create 60 second films about mental health or suicide prevention that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts on these topics.  We are in particular need for judges to review films submitted in the Through the Lens of Culture category. This category asks youth to explore suicide prevention and mental health through the lens of other cultures, looking at strengths as well as barriers to help seeking.
Every year we need about 200 to 300 judges to help us select the winning films.  This is a great opportunity to involve community members in suicide prevention and mental health efforts!  The entire process takes approximately two hours of your time, all of which can be done online from home.  The deadline to contact us with interest in being a judge is March 1, 2020.  For more information and to volunteer click here.
  • Participate in a brief 30-45 minute judging orientation in (via phone or webinar) in February or March 2020.
  • Review up to 20 sixty-second film submissions and complete an online scoring form for each (time commitment of less than two hours.) The judging period will be taking place  at the end of March, 2020.
  • Are recognized on the contest website and in the award ceremony program 
Directing Change is part of Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement and statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.  For more information click here.

Research Study

Depression, Repeated Doses of Ketamine, and Neuroimaging

Join a Research Study: Enrolling nationally from around the country
To find out if you qualify,  email NIMH or call 1-877-646-3644 (1-877-MIND-NIH) [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the rapid and sustained antidepressant effects of repeated doses of ketamine in the brain. We want to learn how ketamine affects areas of the brain important in regulating mood and if there are unique signatures that could help predict who may respond to the drug. Also, we want to see if repeated doses of ketamine are safe and effective in treating the symptoms of depression.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020
5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time
A Comedy Fundraiser Supporting Children's Mental Health & Wellness

Friday, February 28, 2020
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time

A film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics.

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