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Viewpoint - April 2, 2021

Rise in youth suicide needs joint effort from educators, health providers

Assemblyman Marc Berman's bill would help support youth health post-pandemic

by Tracy Mendez

Youth in California are struggling with trauma, anxiety and isolation brought about by distance learning, the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread economic distress falling most heavily on vulnerable and disenfranchised communities. Both educators and health care providers see a crisis, but often feel helpless to address it.

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Tracy Mendez is the executive director of California School-Based Health Alliance and can be reached at [email protected] This piece was first published by CalMatters, a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture that works with media partners throughout the state, including The Almanac.


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