TrueCare Special Event to Address the Youth Behavioral Health Crisis and Introduce New Programs to the Community on Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00 a.m.
Dr. Benjamin Maxwell, Rady's Children’s Hospital To Keynote the Event
The focus of this special community event, held on the heels of October 10 World Mental Health Day, will be a discussion about the crisis and presentations of the services and programs TrueCare and its community partners are initiating to address this critical area of need for our young adults, especially in underserved communities with limited access to behavioral health services.
WHAT: TrueCare, a regional community health center, is bringing the North County community together to address the behavioral health crisis in today’s youth.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00 a.m.
WHERE: El Corazon Event Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056
Dr. Benjamin Maxwell, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, will keynote the event and provide an overview of the state of youth behavioral health.
WHY: Young adults in California experience mental health challenges at alarming rates, with more than 75% reporting anxiety in the last year, more than 50% reporting depression, 31% experiencing suicidal thinking and 16% self-harm, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the California Endowment. Nationwide, more than 1 in 3 high school students experienced poor mental health during the pandemic and nearly half of students felt persistently sad or hopeless, according to the CDC.
The situation is critical and broad enough to attract national attention, with the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issuing an advisory on America’s “Youth Mental Health Crisis” in December 2021. In August, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $4.7 billion “master plan” for children’s mental health.
Elected officials, TrueCare’s community partners and community members are also joining this important and informational special event focused on the youth behavioral health crisis that our families and individuals currently face.
The event is free to all and will feature information about behavioral health resources.
Additional information can be found here.
For 50 years, TrueCare has not wavered in its commitment to patients, their families, and its communities. As a non-profit community health center, TrueCare is dedicated to delivering a superior and compassionate healthcare experience to nearly 60,000 patients every year, reducing barriers and increasing accessibility to quality care. TrueCare cares for the diverse communities of North San Diego and South Riverside Counties with services ranging from primary care, pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral health, chiropractic treatments and dentistry. In addition, TrueCare offers transportation services, community health outreach, insurance enrollment assistance and case management programs. For more information, click here.
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH STATISTICS:
According to CDC statistics released April 2022:
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