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November 27, 2018
By 211LA
10 Things Homeless Youth Want You to Know
10 Things Homeless Youth Want You to Know They are hardworking in their struggle.  Most youth are on the streets to escape violence and neglect at home. Some have been rejected for being gay or transgender. But life on the streets is also traumatic. They may not have a money, a phone, or someone to talk to, but they’re still out there trying...
November 27, 2018
By 211LA
How LA County's Youth CES is Preventing the Next Generation of Homelessness
In honor of Homeless Youth Awareness month, we are shedding light on the struggles, misconceptions, and realities around homeless youth and highlighting the work that’s occurring across Los Angeles to make sure young people don’t become the next generation of chronically homeless.  Many young people out on the street are either running...
October 19, 2018
By 211LA
211 LA Assisting Hurricane Michael and Florence Victims
Hurricanes bring devastation to the places and people they impact, and the need for assistance extends far beyond the actual storm - from sandbags and evacuations to rescues, shelter, and food, to recovery, cleanup, FEMA registration, trauma counseling, and more. 211 LA has a long history of assisting with out of state Hurricane response and...
October 19, 2018
By 211LA
Inside Look: 211 LA's Disaster Public Information Hotline
During a disaster or large emergency, people need immediate, reliable information that informs then what actions they may need to take to stay safe or get help. Reading an alert, tweet, or news clip is often not enough information, leaving unanswered questions and sometimes spreading misinformation or creating panic. 211’s around the U.S. serve as...
October 19, 2018
By 211LA
Partner Profile - LA County Office of Emergency Management
Interview with Ken Kondo, Emergency Program Manager/Public Information Officer We probably all remember doing earthquake and fire drills every year in school, but how many of us still remember exactly what to do for different events, or practice regularly? We all (hopefully) know that living in California means living with the real chance of...
September 19, 2018
By 211LA
Lessons from the 2018 Suicide Prevention Summit
By Hope Algeo The Hero in Each of Us: Finding Your Role in Suicide Prevention Around two years ago, one of my best friends from high school committed suicide. After finding out, my emotions reeled from shock and bewilderment, to guilt that I hadn’t reached out more, to anger at her for not reaching out to me. Since then, I...
September 19, 2018
By 211LA
Inside Look: A Ride-along with the Sheriff's Mental Evaluation Team
On a Monday night, 211 LA had its first ride-along with the Mental Evaluation Team (MET) of the LA County Sheriff’s Department. 211 Executive Director Maribel Marin and Hope Algeo joined MET unit Deputies Miranda and Johnson, along with LCSW’s Tina Webb and Caroline Alvarez from the Department of Mental Health, to get an eye-opening view into...
September 19, 2018
By 211LA
13 Tips to De-Escalate a Mental Health Crisis
13 Ways a MET Team Officer (And You!) Can De-Escalate a Mental Health Crisis MET Team Deputy Miranda and Tina Webb, a licensed LCSW from the Department of Mental Health, imparted the techniques they use when de-escalating a mental health crisis. It can be incredibly bewildering, confusing, and terrifying for an individual at first, and you don’t...
September 19, 2018
By 211LA
Mayor's Challenge
211 Explores Solutions in the 2018 Mayor’s Challenge to Decrease Veteran Suicide   This year, “The Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans and their Families,” (Mayor’s Challenge) has brought together community, government, and service organizations to create opportunities for more collaboration, trainings, and...
September 19, 2018
By 211LA
Best Practices in Suicide Prevention: Interview with Didi Hirsch's Sandri Kramer
Didi Hirsch is a mental health clinic for underserved populations of all ages and serves as the national Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s call center in LA. Didi Hirsch is a primary resource for 211 callers who express suicidal ideations or need mental health support.  We caught up with Sandri Kramer, Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention...

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