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Children’s Mental Health Report

Mental health disorders are the most common diseases of childhood. Of the 74.5 million children in the United States, an estimated 17.1 million have or have had a psychiatric disorder1 — more than the number of children with cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.2 Half of all psychiatric illness occurs before the age of 14, and 75 percent by the age of 24. In spite of the magnitude of the problem, lack of awareness and...

Laura’s Law

Marin Coalition Calls for Mandatory Treatment of Mentally Ill By Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal A group of Marin police officers and firefighters heard arguments this week about why Marin County should implement Laura’s Law in a meeting in Larkspur sponsored by the Marin Organization to Reduce Homelessness Coalition. About 30 people, including Supervisors Katie Rice and Damon Connolly, attended the meeting...

Suicide Prevention

SAMHSA Free Mobile App Suicide Prevention Mobile App for Health Care Providers is free from SAMHSA For individuals at risk of suicide, behavioral health and primary care settings provide unique opportunities to connect with the health care system and access effective treatment. Almost half (45%) of individuals who die by suicide have visited a primary care provider in the month prior to their death, and 20% have had contact...

Petition to Improve Kaiser’s Mental Health S...

Call on Kaiser Permanente to make long overdue improvements to its mental health services. For years, Kaiser Permanente — California’s largest health insurer — has put the lives of thousands of mental health patients at risk by not providing timely care — forcing patients with serious mental illness to wait weeks and even months for urgent treatment. Submit your stories about Kaiser’s mental health...