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Coalition Plans City Hall Mental Health Rally Amid Rising Concerns, Especially Among Youth

Community groups and officials to gather at City Hall on May 18, highlighting need for more resources and support

Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | 6:29 am
 

The Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, a coalition of over 40 community organizations, will host a mental health awareness rally on the steps of Pasadena City Hall on Saturday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m.

The event, part of National Mental Health Awareness Month, aims to draw attention to the growing need for mental health services and resources, particularly for young people.

Mayor Victor Gordo, best-selling author Tina Bryson, Ph.D., and Pastor John McCall, founder of D’Veal Youth and Family Services, are among the speakers who will address the community’s mental health challenges and share information about available support.

The rally comes amid increasing concern about the state of mental health among children and teenagers.

Research indicates that one in five high school students report being bullied, putting them at higher risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor academic performance.

Experts believe that trauma, social isolation, relationship conflicts, violence, and a sense of hopelessness contribute to mental health instability among preteens and teens.

Between 2007 and 2021, the suicide rate for Americans aged 10 to 24 surged by an alarming 62 percent.

“The current state of our children and youth is alarming and we must all step up to do what we can,” said Mayor Gordo, praising the Partnership’s commitment to improving the lives of Pasadena’s youth and families since 1989. “The resources these partners bring to the City of Pasadena is staggering, and appreciated.”

Local agencies and City Departments will provide resources at the rally, while partner organization Day One will host children’s activities in their outdoor space across the street.

The Partnership’s members include African American Parent Council, Adelante Youth Alliance, Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center College of Design, Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena, Caltech Y, Collaborate PASadena, College Access Plan, D’Veal Youth and Family Services, Day One, Flintridge Center, Foothill Family, Harambee Ministries, Jericho Road, Leadership Pasadena, Local elected officials’ field representatives, Office of the Young Child, Options for Learning, PACTL, Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Educational Foundation, Pasadena LEARNS, Pasadena Parks and Recreation Department, Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Public Health Department, Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena Unified School District, Planned Parenthood, STARS, THRIVE Learning Lab, Tournament of Roses, Urban Strategies, and Young & Healthy.

Initially called “The Partnership for School-Age Childcare,” the collaboration was formed in 1989 to address after-school childcare needs.

In 2003, it expanded its mission to serve children and youth from birth to age 18 and absorbed some of the work and mission of Pasadena’s Family Community Council.

The Partnership is an all-volunteer collaboration, not a 501c3 organization, and works as a coalition without competing with other agencies for funding.

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