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‘I Took My Weakness and Made it a Strength’

“I’m an immigrant. I came here when I was seven and was raised by a single mom.” Karen’s mom was abusive when she was growing up. Her family would occasionally intervene but most of the time it was just the two of them. One day, her mother hit her as her neighbor watched. Karen was…

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2 Long Beach Nonprofits Receive Thousands in Grant Funding

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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‘MHALA Loved Me Back to Life’

It was the promise of a hot shower that convinced Roxanne to visit Mental Health America of Los Angeles. Roxanne was a copywriter at a radio station before her world came slowly crashing down. A back injury, depression after a failed marriage, and lapsed health insurance banded together to pull her into a downward spiral.…

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Positive Mental Health Message

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

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

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

“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

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

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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The Deputy’s Shooting Was a Hoax, but People with Mental Illness Were Blamed First

The fabricated story of a shooting by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in Lancaster was about much more than one rookie officer gone awry. Read More at the LA Times — will open a new tab.