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CA Parent, Youth Helpline Wins Grant to Continue for 2 More Years

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Monday, May 1, 2023   

Just in time for Mental Health Awareness Month in May - the California Department of Social Services has provided a new grant to continue the California Parent & Youth Helpline for another two years, with an option for a third.

When kids, parents or caregivers call the helpline, they can speak with a trained counselor and sign up for a free evidence-based weekly support group.

Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin is president and CEO of Parents Anonymous, which launched the helpline in 2020.

"On a weekly basis, we get people who feel suicidal, calling us," said Pion-Berlin. "People who've been hurt in a serious crime, children who are afraid to talk to their parents about bullying or drugs at school."

The helpline number is 855-427-2736. The website is at www.caparentyouthhelpline.org.

The helpline has translation services for 240 languages including American Sign Language.

Pion-Berlin said the helpline operates from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, but will stay open until 10 p.m. starting July 1.

"This is going to provide an opportunity for more parents to call after their children go to bed or they come back from work, as well as teens who are staying up late and reaching out for help," said Pion-Berlin. "The helpline is staffed by caring, trained counselors to provide emotional support and linkages to other services appropriate."

California is home to 9.3 million children.

According to the California Health Care Foundation, one in 14 children has some kind of emotional problem that limits his or her ability to function in school or at home, or to engage in day-to-day activities.




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