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January 2016

This month we highlight the top stories in mental health news, and spotlight Each Mind Matters resources for California's African American communities as organizations prepare for next month's Black History Month. Check it out!

In the News: White House Calls for $500 million for Mental Health

On Jan. 5, President Obama announced a proposal to increase access to mental health services, prevent suicide and promote mental health. Read CalMHSA's statement of support...

Oprah Speaks Up for Mental Health

In the February issue of O magazine, Winfrey shares her personal experience with depression and the importance to start talking about mental health. Get the full story...

Sadness vs. Depression: What's the Difference?

Almost everyone experiences sadness at some point in their life, but how do you know when it turns into depression? A TedEd video explains further. Watch it now...

21 Positive Text Messages to Send

Encouraging words can mean so much to someone experiencing a mental health challenge. The Mighty created a helpful list of messages. Next time show your support by sending one of these texts... 

February Focus:
African American Mental Health

In honor of next month's Black History Month, Each Mind Matters highlights resources available for the African American community related to mental health. These stories and resources are created to start a dialogue in communities on seeking help and reaching out. 

Digital Music Album

Music can be a great tool for mental health and for creating social change, especially among young adults. The #MillionsLikeMe Music for Mental Health is a compilation of original music by young adults who participate in music programs run by non-profit organizations across California. Want to hear what the young artists have to say? Download the free album...
Each Mind Matters: Oscar's Story

Testimonial Videos

Each Mind Matters hosts a collection of stories featuring hope, resilience and recovery in the African American community. Watch the videos...


Suicide Prevention Materials

In coordination with a workgroup comprised of community members from California counties who have provided mental health services to the African American community, the Know the Signs suicide prevention initiative developed materials aimed at "helpers" of African American young men to assist them to recognize the warning signs and offer support to an individual with suicidal thoughts. To view and download materials, click here...

Get Involved with Each Mind Matters!

Directing Change Program & Film Contest is now seeking judges for its 4th annual competition. Currently youth and young adults are creating 60-second films and you can be a judge to help select the winning films. Whether you have a passion for mental health awareness or experience in the entertainment industry, you'll be inspired by these future filmmakers. Get all the details on our blog...

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