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Mental Health

Feel like it’s all too much to handle? Are you sad, mad, or frustrated? Are you having trouble concentrating or struggling with getting along with your caregiver or even your friends? Wondering if you can make it through another sleepless night? You can get free professional help to figure out how to deal with it all.

Your mental health includes your moods, emotions, and the way you think and act. Your mental health will impact your ability to have healthy relationships with your baby, family and friends and even how you do in school. Everybody struggles in life at times, especially when we are faced with new challenges, but if you feel like some of the things listed above describe how you usually feel, then know it does not have to be that way. Reach out for help by talking to someone you trust (your caregiver, social worker, teacher etc…) It is actually your social worker’s responsibility to help you find counseling, but they need to know you want help so be sure to let them know that you would like some referrals.

If you think you are in immediate danger of harming yourself or your baby call 911.

Whether or not you are in the system here are other ways to get free mental health counseling.

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 hotline 1-800-854-7771.

Remember mental health services are free.

  • How To Find Mental Health Care

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    In Los Angeles County, foster children are covered by Medi-Cal, which will pay for all "medically necessary" mental health services. If you are not currently receiving mental health services, you are free to find a therapist who accepts Medi-Cal.
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  • Individual And Group Treatment

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    At first, individual counseling generally focuses on helping you understand the effect drugs and alcohol are having on your life and consider changes you can make. Treatment then shifts to helping you become and stay drug and alcohol-free. The counselor attempts to help the person:
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  • Types Of Treatment

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    "Outpatient” means services received while living at home (services can be provided in the home or in other places such as a therapist’s office or your child’s school). Outpatient mental health services can include:
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  • Most Common Diganoses

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    These are the most common diagnosis:
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  • All About Medications

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    Do you feel like you need assistance with managing your moods or behaviors? Are you thinking about taking medication to help? You have the right to receive assistance from your attorney, an advocate, mentor, or other professional to determine whether to take or not take medication, but remember the final decision is yours.
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  • Baby Blues/Post Partumn Depression

    Some people feel depressed during pregnancy or after having a baby. This is not unusual and it doesn't mean you are a bad person. If the depression or anxiety becomes overwhelming, you can get help, or call 1-800-944-4773.
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  • Kinds Of Mental Health Providers

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    All of these mental help providers treat people with a wide variety of problems. The difference is usually their schooling, their approach, and whether or not they can prescribe medication. Below are the most common kinds of providers:
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  • How To Find Mental Health Care

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    In Los Angeles County, foster children are covered by Medi-Cal, which will pay for all "medically necessary" mental health services. If the child in your care is not currently receiving mental health services, you are free to find...
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