Gov. Newsom Announces $5 Billion Plan To Expand Mental Health Services For Young Californians
On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a nearly $5-billion plan to increase accessibility to mental health services for young Californians.
Late last year, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy issued a public health advisory to address the growing mental health crisis among young people nationwide.
“Even before the pandemic, an alarming number of young people struggled with feelings of helplessness, depression, and thoughts of suicide — and rates have increased over the past decade,” read Murthy’s advisory. “The future wellbeing of our country depends on how we support and invest in the next generation.
Newsom’s plan will prioritize mental health screening and preventative care for people up to the age of 25.
People like Aliyah Barajas, a student at McClane High School in Fresno. She said she first self-harmed at age 10 after experiencing symptoms of depression.
“I know I’m not the first, the last or the only 10-year-old girl who had to go through that,” said Barajas.
The funds will also be used to attract 40,000 new school mental health workers and incentivize more people to join the field statewide.
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