According to a June CDC study, 70% of parents have had recent mental health challenges, and 50% of those surveyed said they had suicidal thoughts in the past month.
The helpline provides emergency emotional support for parents, and youths would get a three-year extension under Governor Gavin Newsom’s new budget proposal for 4.7 million dollars.
Our calls are up 26% since July of last year. Every single month, our call volume is going higher and higher.
You can call the helpline at 855-427-2736 Monday through Friday 8-8pm, or go to caparentyouthhelpline.org
The trained counselors who answer the helpline share self-calming and mindfulness techniques, help people build their support system, connect them to weekly, free online Parents Anonymous® groups and other services.
What they get on the other end that is so important is somebody listening, who is not blaming and shaming them, and helping them deal with the immediate emotional issues that they’re facing.
The state legislature now has until mid-June to approve a budget.