Weekly Wrap-Up

#metoo- Supporting LGBTQ Youth

#metoo has been trending worldwide amidst the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault case.

Youth within the LGBTQ community are at increased risk of violence, which includes physical/sexual assault, bullying, teasing and harassment. This exposure can have negative effects on their education and mental health which can result into poor school performance, absenteeism and risk for depression, suicide and sexual behaviors.

For California resources, check out Each Mind Matters! They have created a brochure specifically for youth! See link below.

For service provides, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, has created an information sheet for mental health professionals working with LGBTQ youth, addresses common myths and stereotypes, providing counseling and how to create an inclusive environment.

For national help lines:

LGBTQ National Youth Talk Line- 1800246PRIDE

Trans Life Line-18775658860

National Prevention Lifeline- 18002738255

Join the cause and get involved with the CAYEN!

We are seeking youth advocates to join our advocacy efforts. We have two ways you can get involved!

CAYEN Youth Board
Seeking new members to join our all Transition Age Youth (TAY) Board. CAYEN brings the youth voice into mental health policy discussions and activities. We focus on prevention and early intervention, juvenile justice and general youth mental wellness. This is a great opportunity for TAY interested in mental health programs, systems and policy. Linked is the CAYEN Board Expectations document which lists member responsibilities. Interested youth should review this document and follow up to request a formal application.

CAYEN Action Network
Join the CAYEN Action Network to stay up-to-date on all things CAYEN including state-level policies and legislation impacting TAY, upcoming events such as conference/trainings and advocacy activities. It’s a quick to sign up! Please feel free to forward to those you feel would be interested in TAY advocacy.

What’s in it for TAY?

  • Make a difference!
  • Meet other young people working in community (within local area and statewide!)
  • Impact policy and systemic changes throughout California
  • Opportunities for leadership development

To learn more, please visit the CAYEN website and don’t forget to check out our informational video! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to Kathleen Casela, Program Director at kcasela@mhac.org.

*Please feel free to forward this to young people who you feel would be interested.*



Seeking Youth Advocates to Join Our CAYEN BOARD!


The California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN), created in order to develop, improve, and strengthen the voice of TAY in local and state-level policy is seeking passionate Youth Advocates to join us. We will be developing our policy priorities within the next couple of months and turning to our community to help us in identifying new members to help us reach our goals and vision.

Our CAYEN Board is made up of youth and young adults, ranging in age from 16 to 26, who have all been touched in some way by the mental health, juvenile justice, or foster care systems. Our Board Members are proven and aspiring leaders who are committed to developing, improving, and strengthening the voice of TAY. Many members work or volunteer in the mental health field as Peer Mentors or Youth Advocates, and represent a variety of counties throughout the state, giving them a unique perspective on the issues affecting their local communities. Through CAYEN, our board member receive  opportunities for leadership, and the support, training, and skills necessary to bring their voices and perspectives to policy and program discussions For more information, please visit  our “About Section” for full details.

If you are interested or know a young person who would be interested, please click here to contact us for an application. We look forward to hearing from you!

Bad Kids Movie Premiere and Discussion after with MHAC/CAYEN

The Bad Kids

January 16 at 8:50am · 

Here are some photos from the terrific screening we had last week at Studio Movie Grill Rocklin. We were lucky to have representatives of Mental Health America of California there for a post-screening discussion. Thanks to all who came out for the screening!

The Bad Kids is now playing in Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Columbus, Detroit, Philadelphia and Chicago today through Thursday. More info: http://bit.ly/BadKidsShowtimes