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Training social workers to look out for baby – and mom

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| Social work interns training with the L.A. County Department of Children and Families Services are getting training to spot signs of maternal depression and anxiety.

Why LA County wants to expand involuntary psych holds for some homeless

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L.A. County wants the legislature to expand the definition of "grave disability" to make it easier to put certain homeless individuals on involuntary psychiatric holds.

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Is SoCal's diversity one reason the opioid epidemic isn't as bad here?

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A public health official cites research showing Asians and Latinos are less likely to turn to pills for pain relief.

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Social media harms young minds, right? Maybe not.

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Social media can drive depression and enable cyberbullying. But experts say it may also help improve mental health by boosting self-esteem, providing emotional support.

LA County pays $1.7 million to settle jail suicide lawsuit

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The lawsuit by Eric Loberg's daughers alleged that Twin Towers staff failed to properly assess his mental condition or the degree to which he was a suicide risk.

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Suit: Blue Shield improperly denied mental health, drug claims

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The insurer's guidelines allow it to "justify denying coverage when it should have been provided," a plaintiff's lawyer says. "We disagree," says Blue Shield.

Bill would fund training for caretakers of traumatized kids

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Nearly 20 percent of Los Angeles County’s children have experienced at least two traumatic events, including abuse, neglect, or poverty. And that number spikes when you're talking about kids in foster care

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Merging mental health and creative expression

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The Expressive Therapies Summit equips artists and mental health workers with new tools to help patients process trauma and grief.

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