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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Reinventing Mental Health Services in a Pandemic

May 18, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted the mental health of our entire community. It’s hard to find anyone who does not feel some degree of anxiety and unease. But for those dealing with mental health concerns before the crisis, and those most vulnerable and at risk, there are special challenges to meet the need. Read more in…

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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

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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MHALA President Chris Miller

Top Women Leaders in Health Care

March 30, 2020

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

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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