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President Biden Addresses the National Mental Health Crisis in First State of the Union

In his first State of the Union address, President Biden announced a national mental health strategy to strengthen system capacity, connect more Americans to care, and create a continuum of support –transforming our health and social services infrastructure to address mental health holistically and equitably. Read more ›

Peer Counseling Gains Popularity As California Schools Beef Up Student Mental Health Services

As schools look for new ways to address student mental health amid the Covid pandemic, more are turning to a practice that costs almost nothing and, if done well, can lead to life-changing results for all involved: peer counseling. Read more ›

Most Bay Area Counties to Lift Indoor Mask Mandate February 16

Most Bay Area counties are following California’s lead and are lifting universal indoor mask requirements for vaccinated people as COVID omicron variant cases subside across the state.

The lone holdout among Bay Area counties is Santa Clara, with county health officials arguing lifting local indoor mask requirements would present an unnecessary risk to residents who are vulnerable to the virus. Read more ›

California Adds a Mental Health Curriculum Requirement in K-12

On Jan. 1, a new law took effect, mandating that the California Department of Education include mental health in state standards by Jan. 1, 2023. Districts must begin teaching the new curriculum by Jan. 1, 2024.

The law requires that middle and high school students learn the signs and symptoms of conditions such as depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more ›

N95, KN95 Masks Provide Best Protection Against Covid, CDC Study Shows

Wearing any kind of mask indoors is associated with significantly better protection from the coronavirus, with high-quality N95 and KN95 masks providing the best chance of avoiding infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Read more ›

Anxiety, Stress Remain Top Concerns for California Students, Survey Finds

Schools might be reopened, but the mental health impact of the pandemic has lingered for thousands of California students. More than half of those surveyed during the pandemic said they lack motivation, often feel depressed and have not received counseling services, according to a recent study. Read more ›

Black Youth Face Rising Rates of Depression, Anxiety, Suicide

Nearly everyone has experienced a degree of anxiety or depression due to the pandemic. But for young Black people also confronting persistent racism and ever-widening inequities, the current moment has led to an acute crisis in mental health. Read more ›

U.S. to Distribute 400 Million Free N95 Masks at CVS, Walgreens in COVID Fight

The U.S. government will make 400 million non-surgical “N95” masks from its strategic national stockpile available for free to the public starting next week, a White House official said, as the Biden administration tries to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more ›

Rapid COVID-19 Tests Are Highly Accurate for Kids, Study Finds

While PCR tests for COVID-19 have become the “gold standard” in detecting the virus, a new study says rapid tests are highly accurate when it comes to children and teens. Read more ›

You’ll Be Able to Order Free At-Home COVID Test Kits Starting on January 19

The federal government announced Friday, January 14, that Americans can begin ordering free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests starting January 19.

Orders for up to four tests per household can be placed using the website COVIDtests.gov. Read more ›

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