Young Minds Advocacy


New Collaboration Amplifies Youth Voice in Addressing Mental Health Issues

In high school, Cecilia Torres struggled with depression “There were days where I really questioned if I was worthy,” she said. As Torres found it difficult to get out of bed some mornings, she also found herself not wanting to talk with anybody about her mental health issues.

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Confidentiality Shouldn’t Be a Barrier for Youth in Crisis

Emily was cheerful, fun, and popular. She had a 4.6 GPA and was her high school’s valedictorian. She was accepted into her dream school and planned to go there in the fall.


In the Land of Startups and Stanford, Where’s the Support for Kids?

We made a family move to Palo Alto, California, nearly three years ago, when our daughter Zoe was 13.  Relocation is hard, especially when you love your home and we loved New Mexico.

Rochelle Trochtenberg


Former Foster Youth Leads California Ombudsperson Office

At the end of March, Rochelle Trochtenberg began her new job as California’s new foster care ombudsperson, the first time a former foster youth has held the post. The Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman investigates and resolves complaints on behalf of foster youth.

Feds Announce $10 Million To Expand Reach of Adoption Training Initiative


An Estimated 23,000 California Youth Are Newly Eligible for Critical Mental Health Care

In February, in response to advocacy by Young Minds, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced a landmark policy shift that made thousands of young people with mental health needs in California newly eligible for community-based mental health care.

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New Resource: What Are “Katie A. Services” and Why Are They Critical for Youth with Mental Health Needs?

The consequences of untreated mental illness are depicted in the news a lot. Families and whole communities have been and continue to be torn apart because people with serious mental health needs aren’t getting adequate treatment.


    Thousands of Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth in California May Be Eligible for Community-Based Mental Health Treatment

    As many as 70 percent of young people involved in the juvenile justice system may have a serious mental health condition. But only 8 percent of these youth received treatment within six months after entering detention.


    Forum Focuses Attention on Children’s Mental Health in California

    Last Friday, a handful of California lawmakers, experts in children’s mental health and advocates assembled at West Oakland’s Lincoln Child Center for a forum on children’s mental health policy. The gathering, which packed Lincoln’s auditorium, was more a chance to publicly address children’s mental health issues than commence on substantive changes.


    A Day To Reflect on Suicide’s Heavy Toll

    Saturday, Nov. 22 was International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, a day on which family and friends of those who have died by suicide can join together for healing and support.