The CCY Blog

NIMH’s GREAT method of coping with Stress and Anxiety

February 18, 2021

California, CYCL Article, CYCL News

Like most folx who’ve trudged through 2020, with a pandemic keeping many of us very frustrated, I experienced a lot of stress and anxiety throughout the year (and to be honest I’ve been feeling it a bit in 2021, too). But perusing the internet I came across this GREAT method from the National Institute of Mental Health (or NIMH) on coping with stress and anxiety.

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When Should I Call The California Youth Crisis Line?

February 18, 2021

California, CYCL Article, CYCL News

A question we get from adults and youth alike is “when should I call the California Youth Crisis Line?” and “how do I know if my Crisis is even a crisis?” When we go out into the community to let folx know about our line we get these questions (and more) A LOT. This article will help clear up any myths or misconceptions about reaching out to us and what we can do to help.

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Mental Health In the Media: Podcasts & Shows that Can Help

January 21, 2021

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New year, new us! It’s January 2021 which means we have another opportunity to set the tone and pace for the rest of the year.  A lot of us at the California Youth Crisis Line are making mental health resolutions for 2021, some include consuming more media that can help us understand our mental health or better cope with any mental health ailments that we may experience. Here are a few podcasts and shows that we’re paying attention to for our mental health.

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Choosing a Mental Health Professional That’s Right For You!

December 17, 2020

California, CYCL Article, CYCL News

2020 is almost over, and it hasn’t been kind to our mental health at all. With a global pandemic, the fight to end racism, and a volatile election season, folx (both youth and adults) have been struggling to stay mentally healthy.

When the pandemic first hit and California began putting out shelter in place orders, we put out a series talking about how to cope and what you can do to stay mentally healthy (which you can find here). These strategies do help, but what can we, or our youth, do when we need more than just exercising, meditation, or self-care? That is where a mental health professional can come into play.

But, how do we know which mental health professional is right for us, our family, or for our youth?

This guide is for anyone who’s looking to reach out to a mental health professional (Therapist, Psychiatrist, Life Coach, etc.) and some helpful tips on how to pick the right one.

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Celebrating the Winter Holidays in 2020

December 17, 2020

CYCL Article, CYCL News

In the final part of our three-part “Holidays in 2020” series, we will explore how we can safely celebrate the winter holidays during the COVID19 pandemic. Winter holidays are (in this author’s humble opinion) the ULTIMATE holiday of holidays, usually we would be gathering with family, chosen family, and friends to exchange food, gifts, and generally enjoy each other’s company. Unfortunately, 2020 had other plans. This guide will help give you peace of mind as we navigate through the rest of December and into the New Year.

Again, the following information are guidelines we’ve cultivated via the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and others. This guide ABSOLUTELY should not supersede guidelines and mandates set by your local, county, or state officials. Always check the restrictions in your area.

Celebrate the holidays safely and remember that the safest way to celebrate is with the people in your household.

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