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PRESS RELEASE: Mental Health Resources Available for Shasta County Youth

Published March 18, 2019
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 12, 2019                   

Contact: Marc Dadigan, Supervising Community Education Specialist – (530) 225-5970             

Childrens Mental Health Resources 

SHASTA COUNTY – Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency is rolling out a public awareness campaign to remind everyone in our community that there are many local mental health resources available for youth through HHSA, and our community partners. Those partners include: Shasta Community Health Center, Hill Country Health and Wellness, and services that are covered for people on Medi-Cal through Partnership Health Plan. Copies of some of the outreach materials are attached.

If you know a youth who is struggling, they aren’t alone and don’t have to handle the issues by themselves. The messaging includes the best contact information for parents to reach out and get assistance for their children. Services can be found by calling 225-5252 or by going to 211shasta.org or dialing 211.

Educators say the most common symptoms of emotional distress they see among students include depression and apathy.

“We know that there are high levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Shasta County, some of them well over the state and national averages,” said HHSA Children’s Services Branch Director Dianna Wagner. “Couple that with the recent traumatic incidents in Shasta County like last summer’s wildfires and we know that the need to support our youth is very real.”

For more information, about HHSA’s mental health services for youth, go to https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/hhsa_index/mental_wellness/Child_youth_mh.aspx

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Contact Community Relations:

Amy Koslosky, Supervising Community Education Specialist, (530) 225-5970

Christopher Diamond, Media Liaison for Stand Against Stigma, In-Home Support Services, Adult Services and Mental Health, and alcohol and drug programs., (530) 229-8484

Jill Haskett, Media Liaison for CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal,  Work Readiness, Women, Infant and Children (WIC) programs, Adult Protective Services, and other immediate need services, (530) 229-8413

Tim Mapes, Media Liaison for public health programs, Healthy Shasta, Emergency Preparedness, Foster parent programs and programs for children, (530) 245-6863

Jeri Butler, Senior Public Health Assistant, (530) 225-3689

Front Desk, (530) 245-6862

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