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Mental health advocates host Merced’s first-ever Spanish-language forum

July 14, 2017 / By
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According to the 2016 Merced County Community Health Assessment, Hispanic and Latino residents reported higher rates of chronic depressive symptoms than White counterparts, despite having lower diagnosis rates. The community’s youth are also vulnerable, with more than 34 percent of Latino teens in Merced County reporting depression-related feelings almost every day for two weeks or more, according to KidsData. Too often, Guillen said, Latino and immigrant families get used to operating under stressful conditions and fail to recognize the signs of more serious mental health disorders like depression, anxiety or even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Words of Incarceration: Poems from #SchoolsnotPrisons Merced

July 11, 2017 / By
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I’ll tell you I looked my name up recently, its something I do periodically, to see what shows up. I found some 10+ arrests on the initial search. I didn’t even bother with aliases or convictions. Suffice it to say, court records will outlive us all.

Profile in Community: Creating a Legacy of Change in Merced

June 28, 2017 / By
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Above: Alex Carrillo may be a recent transplant to Merced but he’s already leaving his mark on the city–making the most vulnerable communities feel seen and heard.

As district nears LCAP vote, parents sound alarm on unaddressed language barriers

June 23, 2017 / By
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Above: Local parent Carla Gonzalez addressed the Merced City School District board of trustees during the June 13 public hearing on school funding.

This Father’s Day Remember: Actions Mean More Than Words

June 16, 2017 / By
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Left: Youth reporter Gabby Morales (second from the left) stands with both her parents and younger sister during a special occasion.

Coming Out as Trans and Finding a Role Model in Myself

June 15, 2017 / By
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Above: Just like the beautiful sunset amidst a storm, Alice’s story is about finding beauty in the life you’re living no matter what.