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Mental health advocates host Merced’s first-ever Spanish-language forum

Posted July 14, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

According to the 2016 Merced County Community Health Assessment, Hispanic and Latino residents reported higher rates of chronic depressive symptoms than White counterparts, despite having lower diagnosis rates. The community’s youth are also vulnerable, with more than 34 percent of Latino teens in Merced County reporting depression-related feelings almost every day for two weeks or more, according to KidsData.

Too often, Guillen said, Latino and immigrant families get used to operating under stressful conditions and fail to recognize the signs of more serious mental health disorders like depression, anxiety or even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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California Youth Weigh In: Mental Health

Posted May 18, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

(This post originally appeared on theknowfresno.org and represents a collection of youth voices from YouthWire and partner media groups throughout the state. Special thanks to The kNOw Youth Media Program Manager and Editor, Kody Stoebig.) Editor’s Note: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since 1949, May has been dedicated to educating the public about the reality of […]

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Five Reasons Why ‘13 Reasons Why’ Is Harmful to Young People

Posted May 18, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Recently released on Netflix, “13 Reasons Why” has drawn criticism for its portrayal of mental health issues as they affect teens.  By Aaliyah Jensen Editor’s Note: According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10 to 24. Youth reporter shares her reaction to the […]

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Merced mental health community working to build awareness for youth services

Posted May 11, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

This recent spike builds upon an older trend of Merced’s youth reporting higher-than-average rates of depression or hopelessness. According to 2011-2013 data from online research tool Kidsdata, minority teens in Merced County report feelings of depression at higher rates than statewide peer groups. The numbers are based on responses from 7th, 9th and 11th grade students who reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more.

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#RecoveryinMerced: Residents say more resources needed for Substance Abuse Recovery

Posted February 7, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Longtime residents in the City of Merced are quick to comment on the rapid decay seen in some neighborhoods around town. The blight — often a result of drug use and related activities — is concentrated in South Merced, near Highway 99 where many of the city’s low-income and minority communities have historically lived.

“If you don’t know about 16th Street, that’s where all the prostitutes are, that’s where everything that you don’t ever want your children to see, happens,” Anna said.

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