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White House seeks to put a spotlight on mental health

 “U.S. mental health is poor and getting worse,” the headline said, noting the rising prevalence of depression and other psychiatric disorders among Americans. Though the assertion would ring resoundingly true today, it comes from an early 2019 report compiled by the American Heart Association and a consortium of corporate leaders.

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Why Thousands of California Mental Health Care Workers Are On Strike

On August 15, 2022, more than 2,000 California mental healthcare workers went on strike. These members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers walked off the job after announcing an open-ended job action in order to protest the working environment and the level of patient care they say they are seeing at their employer, Kaiser Permanente. 

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How Biden's Student Debt Forgiveness Plan May Impact Mental Health

Neuroscientist and clinical social worker Renetta Weaver, LCSW-C, says, “Owing a debt can feel like the pain of not being able to breathe because you aren’t getting enough oxygen to live. For many, student loan forgiveness feels like permission to exhale, to live and actually begin to enjoy the life that graduating from college promised them." 

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CA lawmakers approve mental health care plan for homeless

California will establish a new court program to steer — even force — homeless people with severe mental disorders into treatment after lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval to a proposal pitched in March by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The Senate unanimously agreed to changes approved in the Assembly late Tuesday, despite objections from civil liberties advocates who fear it will be used to force unhoused residents into care they don’t want.

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