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MHALA’s Voices for Justice

April 20, 2021
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On this momentous day when justice was served in the George Floyd trial, after so many times when it was not, MHALA doubles down in our efforts to bring equity and justice to all people. Violence, racism and injustice damage the mental health of all of our communities. The following messages were written by our MHALA…

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With Third Wave Market, Entrepreneur and MHALA Board Member Charles Lew Explores Diet’s Connection to Mental Health

April 9, 2021
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After meeting Dr. Christina Miller of Mental Health America of Los Angeles, Charles Lew was instantly captivated by her unwavering passion for the mental health community. But it was how MHALA had managed to curate an informative conversation around mental health from both a clinical and a non-clinical approach that impressed Lew the most. Continue…

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Dear AAPI Community

March 26, 2021

March marked the one-year anniversary of the start of the pandemic. Since it began, we have seen increasing violence and hatred aimed at our Asian American and Pacific Islander neighbors. MHALA stands in solidarity with our AAPI community and all our communities. We oppose racism, discrimination, and hatred in any form against any and all…

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Award-Winning Cookies Support Mental Health, Job Training

December 25, 2020
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The Village Cookie Shoppe is one of Mental Health America of Los Angeles’ social enterprises and part of the organization’s Employment Program. Proceeds from each purchase from The Village Cookie Shoppe and its catering arm benefit MHALA and its integrated suite of services, designed to ensure that individuals with mental health needs achieve healthy, meaningful…

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Lessons in Mental Health, Service Delivery, and Social Justice

November 15, 2020

The hurdles brought on by a worldwide pandemic, coupled with months of social unrest, have become unexpected learning opportunities for Mental Health America of Los Angeles. “For nearly 100 years, MHALA has worked at the intersection of health and social justice,” explains Dr. Christina Miller, MHALA President and CEO. “Now, more than ever, our mission…

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Long Beach Veterans Living in Poverty at Higher Rate Than County, State Average

November 5, 2020
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While Long Beach veterans are more likely to be high school graduates and less likely to be unemployed, they are living in poverty at a higher rate when compared to veterans in the rest of Los Angeles County. Continue reading in the Signal Tribune — will open in a new tab.

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Honoring Our Heroes

July 28, 2020

MHALA honors the lives and legacies of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the Rev. C. T. Vivian, and James Charles Evers.  As young men, these giants of the Civil Rights Movement may have not realized that decades later, upon their passing, their fight would still not be over. Yet as catalysts for change and justice, they…

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Why We Wear a Mask

July 2, 2020

Mental Health America of Los Angeles serves over 9,000 people each year. All 9,000 are vulnerable in some way. Some are veterans who developed health problems after military injuries. Some are young adults who aged out of foster care or left home to escape abuse. Others are people who developed serious mental health challenges –…

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How Traumatic Images Impact Us, for Better and for Worse

June 6, 2020

The striking image of a lone man standing before a fleet of tanks in Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989 brought worldwide attention to the plight of pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing. Now, 21 years later, a nearly 9-minute video of George Floyd, a black man, being suffocated by a white police officer in Minneapolis has led…

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Collective Trauma in Our Communities

May 31, 2020

The mental wellbeing of our entire community has been severely hurt by the killing of George Floyd by a Minnesota police officer. For our African American community members, who live with the daily fear that their children, their family members or they themselves could be killed, the pain of this situation is beyond describable. This…

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