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Call to Mind Live: Impacts of Homelessness on Youth Mental Health

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 27, 2021

About 5,000 young people are currently experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County. The reasons vary from abuse or conflict in the home to housing and economic insecurity experienced by entire families. Now, after more than a year of a global pandemic, many advocates worry those numbers could climb.

On May 27, KPCC hosted Call to Mind Live: Impacts of Homelessness on Youth Mental Health, a Well Beings Virtual Tour Event. Take Two’s A Martínez and special guests explored the mental health effects on homeless youth and talked about the reasons why young people end up on the streets and what help is available - from finding secure housing to trauma therapy.


Daniel Ballin, Clinical Director, Covenant House California

Erin Casey, LCSW, Director of Programs at My Friend’s Place

Sarah Fay, Peer Navigator, Safe Place for Youth

Jennifer Myers, Advocate, Foster & Homeless Youth

Angela M. Sanchez, Alumna & Board Member of School on Wheels, Inc

Dr. Diane Tanaka, Medical Director of the Homeless Adolescent and Young Adult Wellness Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

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WELL BEINGS is a major national campaign from WETA addressing health needs in America with a focus on youth mental health.

The WELL BEINGS TOUR is made possible by Otsuka, Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America, Liberty Mutual Insurance, American Psychiatric Association Foundation, One Mind, Movember, National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Dauten Family Foundation, Dana Foundation, Hersh Foundation, Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission, Frances Von Schlegell and John E. Von Schlegell, Robina Riccitiello, Sutter Health, and Jackson Family Enterprises. Partners include CALL TO MIND at American Public Media, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, Forbes, PEOPLE, Mental Health America, The Steve Fund, and The Jed Foundation.

Call to Mind is American Public Media’s initiative to foster new conversations about mental health. Call to Mind is bringing mental health conversations into the open, increasing public knowledge and engagement, to empower people to find the support they want and need.

Hosted by A Martínez, Take Two is a daily magazine show that airs on KPCC 89.3 exploring news and culture through the lens of Southern California.

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