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Coronavirus Brings Toughest Mental Health Month In Memory

May 14, 2020

May has been Mental Health Awareness Month since 1949. May 2020 may well be the most stressful in the last 71 years, Long Beach experts say. “It’s impacting the whole population,” Christina Miller, president and CEO of Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA), said. She was speaking of the coronavirus pandemic and the forced…

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With Pandemic Heaped on Crisis, Homeless Services Are in Triage Mode

April 17, 2020
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About 10 people live in the Dominguez Gap homeless camp along the edge of North Long Beach. Some are older—one woman just turned 81—and many have been there for years. “They’re a real community,”  says Laurie Ramey, a homeless-outreach director. “They really look out for each other.” So when one man at the camp came…

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care

March 30, 2020
MHALA President Chris Miller

MHALA’s President & CEO, Dr. Christina Miller, is one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s women health care leaders, chosen for their “exceptional stewardship and achievement.” Continue reading

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2 Long Beach Nonprofits Receive Thousands in Grant Funding

February 14, 2020

Two local nonprofits recently received grants from Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center to expand their services. Mental Health America of Los Angeles – which provides comprehensive mental health, housing and social services to low-income housing communities – received $86,000. Century Villages at Cabrillo received $35,000 for its Pathways to Health program, which works…

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Positive Mental Health Message

November 2, 2019

As mental health groups across the nation recognized Mental Illness Awareness Month last month, Mental Health America of Los Angeles raised local awareness about the capabilities of people recovering from mental illness at the 18th annual Golden Bell Awards, held Wednesday in the Van Dam Pavilion at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. It “celebrates achievements of…

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Building a Better Long Beach: Bringing Expanded Support Services to Midtown

October 7, 2019
MHALA 's staff Rick Janes and CEO Christina Miller

Construction is well-underway on the new Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) facility, which is set to bring mental and physical health care services, as well as employment support and opportunity, housing support and more to Midtown. “Our agency really believes in providing integrated, comprehensive services . . . for people on the street,”…

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Mental Health Focus of New Youth Program

October 5, 2019

Dr. Christina Miller, president and CEO of Mental Health America of Los Angeles, comments on the fast-emerging youth mental health crisis that has prompted a nonprofit group to create a program aimed at countering escalating rates of anxiety and depression. Read more in the Daily Breeze — will open in a new tab.

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Singer Kelis to Join List of Chefs Cooking at Long Beach’s Under the Toque

October 4, 2019
Singer and chef Kelis

“Everything is better smothered, dipped or poured—and food is revolutionary because it is the one and only international language. It’s the most human thing you can partake in. We are the only species that cooks.” This is what singer-now-hot-sauce maven Kelis is now known for—and her love of cooking, which has catapulted the star into…

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MHALA Makes Progress on Long Beach Boulevard Site

October 4, 2019

For more than two decades, Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) has been Long Beach’s go-to nonprofit for mental health services for the homeless population. Through that partnership, a new one-stop center in the 1900 block of Long Beach Boulevard is scheduled to open before the end of the year, according to Dr. Christina…

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Fundraiser to Honor Mental Health Advocate Nancy Foster

September 12, 2019
MHALA's Under the Toque Gala logo

MHALA’s Under the Toque Gala Returns Oct. 7 Long Beach, Calif. (September 12, 2019) – Mental Health America of Los Angeles is honoring the work of Nancy Foster as part of its fourth Under the Toque gala and auction. The annual charity fundraiser takes place Monday, October 7th from 5 to 9 p.m. at the…

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