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A push for mental health care at colleges: Depression and anxiety ‘really eat up our kids’

Posted on Friday, April 27, 2018

By Felicia Mello/CALmatters

When student leaders from 23 California State University campuses came together last fall to set priorities for the academic year, improving campus mental health services received more nominations than any other issue. It beat out even that perennial concern, tuition costs.

Cal State Student Association president Maggie White said she’s not surprised.

“We’re seeing wait times at counseling centers that are exceeding two or three weeks, people turned away after a few appointments because they’ve exceeded the maximum allotment, and students not feeling comfortable going to counselors because no one looks like them or reflects their experience,” White said.

As the stigma attached to mental health care fades, California students are increasingly clamoring for more on-campus services that can help them cope with anxiety, depression and the stresses of a contentious political climate and rising living expenses. Several bills pending in the California Legislature would set aside resources for mental health care at the state’s public colleges and universities.

Mental health advocates say on-campus care is especially important because people often first experience psychological problems during their young adult years.

“It’s so much the age when serious mental illness manifests itself, and here we have these institutions that could absolutely be identifying this early on,” said Deborah Anderluh, a spokesperson for the Steinberg Institute, which lobbies for more funding for mental health treatment.

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“We will not cower.” Darrell Steinberg on immigration, mental health, busting stigma

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018

Earlier this month, Steinberg Institute founder and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg sat down for a provocative interview with Thinking CAP, a podcast of the Center for American Progress. Given the timing, much of the interview centers on immigration and the Trump administration’s decision to sue California over its sanctuary state laws. But about 14 minutes in, the focus turns to mental health: the strides we’ve made in care and innovation and the barriers that remain. What will it take to reach the tipping point? He lays out a vision.

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Gavin Newsom: Getting serious about mental health

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018

In a remarkable first, a leading candidate to be Governor of California has embraced mental health care as a top-tier priority. In this essay in Medium, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom lays out his platform for elevating the state’s approach to brain health.

“When it comes to healthcare in California,” he begins, “we for far too long have tolerated two different and unequal worlds. I don’t mean rural and urban. I don’t mean rich and poor. While both those dichotomies are true, I am talking about the fundamental differences in our approach to illness of the body and illness of the brain.”

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Maienschein: Improving Mental Health Services

Posted on Monday, November 27, 2017

The 2017 legislative session in California produced a critical step forward for mental health care that was embraced and supported on both sides of the aisle.

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California Working to Intervene Earlier – Before a Brain Illness Crisis

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017

What goes through your mind as you walk by someone living in a doorway or an alley? Is it sorrow? Fear? Or does the sight not always register, because homelessness seems a problem that’s too big to fix?

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Does Sacramento have the political will to address homelessness?

Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg  lays out a detailed vision for addressing Sacramento County’s homeless crisis that blends compassion with concrete, data-driven strategy. His question: Do we have the political will […]

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We can change the course of mental illness. The clear case for early intervention

Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017

As you gather with children this Father’s Day weekend, consider how far you would go to ensure their well-being: If your child had cancer or diabetes, would you wait until […]

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Sacramento Bee: Psychiatric patients desperately need housing

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017

Steinberg Institute founder, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, draws an apt analogy: If you see someone bleeding on the street, you’ll call 911. If you see someone on that same street […]

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Video: Mayor Darrell Steinberg and daughter Jordana share powerful family story

Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017

At a recent Saks Institute symposium, Steinberg Institute founder, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, spoke for an hour with his daughter, Jordana, in a keynote address that is both poignant and […]

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Jordana Steinberg: ‘A story of overcoming’ mental illness

Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jordana Steinberg, a second-year student at Sierra College, was prepared to open up about the most private of topics, her mental health. She had a mission: to tell her story […]

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