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Parents advised to pay attention to warning signs of suicide

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With September being “Suicide Prevention Month,” mental health experts are doing their part to educate parents and others about risk factors and warning signs.

On average, one person in Stanislaus County kills themselves each week. Most of them are male.

According to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs and parents should not be afraid to ask about suicidal thoughts. NASP also advises parents and others to never take warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret.

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Addressing the Shortage of Mental Healthcare Workers, Stanislaus State in Turlock Receives Behavioral Health Scholarship Funds from HealthForce Partners Northern San Joaquin

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Stanislaus State has received $210,000 from HealthForce Partners Northern San Joaquin to award scholarships up to $5,000 to graduate students preparing for careers in social work, clinical counseling and marriage and family therapy.

The scholarships are aimed at addressing the shortage of mental health care providers in the northern San Joaquin Valley and are an element of Stan State’s participation in the San Joaquin Behavioral Health Workforce Partnership.  

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Update: Man who started fire at his Modesto home to harm himself is in custody, uninjured

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Nearly six hours after Modesto police responded to a report of a man having a mental health crisis and threatening suicide at his east Modesto home, he was in custody, uninjured and receiving care.

The incident began about noon, Lt. Felton Payne said. A man alone in his home on the 2400 block of East Orangeburg Avenue said he had a propane tank in his garage that he planned to blow up, authorities said.

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Governor Newsom signs CARE Court Into Law; Glenn County among the first cohort

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With more than 100,000 people living on California Streets, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation Wednesday enacting CARE Court to provide individuals with severe mental health and substance use disorders the care and services they need to get healthy.

“With overwhelming support from the Legislature and stakeholders across California, CARE Court will now become a reality in our state, offering hope and a new path forward for thousands of struggling Californians and empowering their loved ones to help,” said Governor Newsom.

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Medi-Cal coverage expands to all Californians 50 years and older, regardless of immigration status

in Health/Mental Health

A new law has expanded Medi-Cal coverage to all Californians who are 50 years and older, regardless of their immigration status.

The Older Adult Expansion initiative went into effect Sunday, extending medical, dental, and mental health care to all Californians ages 50 years and older. Other Medi-Cal eligibility rules, including income limits, still apply, but immigration status is not among those rules.

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California teachers train to spot mental health warning signs

in Mental Health

Since the pandemic started, experts have warned of a mental health crisis facing American children that is now visibly playing out at schools across the country.

Benito Luna-Herrera, a 7th grade social studies teacher in Southern California, tells of middle school students whose post-pandemic depression led them to thoughts of suicide. Other educators say they have never seen so much school violence, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicide ideation.

The silver lining in Luna-Herrera’s case is that special training helped him know what to look for and how to respond to signs of a mental emergency. He is among a small but growing number of California teachers and school staff to take a course called Youth Mental Health First Aid. It teaches adults how to spot warning signs of mental health risks and substance abuse in children, and how to prevent a tragedy.

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The holidays can be difficult for those dealing with mental illness

in Mental Health/People

The holidays are meant to be filled with joy, but they can also be stressful and challenging for those battling mental illness.

A study conducted by the National Alliance of Mental Illness found that 64 percent of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse.

“For many people the holiday season is not always the most wonderful time of the year,” said NAMI medical director Ken Duckworth.

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Survey: Decrease in student substance abuse; increase in mental health issues

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Turlock Unified School District recently received the results of the California School Climate, Health and Learning Survey which showed students participating in less substance abuse compared to two years ago, however, more students experienced chronic sadness or hopelessness.

“I’m happy to see the decrease in substance abuse. In some situations, it’s almost double and I think it speaks to those smaller learning environments that we know are necessary and I’m grateful students are finding that safe space to meet their needs,” said Superintendent Dana Trevethan.

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Valley Mental Health Services Receive Funds

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Earlier this month, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced he has secured $9 million in federal funds for mental health services across the Central Valley. Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services will receive $4 million. The Alliance for Community Wellness (La Familia) which spans Stanislaus, Alameda, and Merced counties will receive $5 million. The grants will be used to expand youth mental health programming in 17 school districts and at least 22 schools across the Valley, hire 12 new professionals in Turlock, serve 800 underserved individuals in Stanislaus County, and more. The grants were funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Community Mental Health Centers Grant program.

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Turlock mental health center receives $1 million in federal grant funding

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After being pinpointed for federal funding by Rep. Josh Harder and the House Appropriations Committee earlier this year, one Turlock nonprofit will soon be able to provide even more mental health services thanks to additional grant revenue announced by the Congressman’s office this week.

In May, Harder named First Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center in Turlock as one of 10 community projects the Congressman submitted to the Appropriations Committee for funding consideration. Harder requested about $300,000 so that the nonprofit organization could hire a Spanish-speaking behavioral health clinician and a Spanish-speaking administrative employee, as well as create a mental health publicity campaign to help raise awareness in underserved communities. 

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