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CAMFT issues a public statement to caution against naming mental illness as the primary cause of gun violence and mass shootings. Although mental health care resources should be improved and supported in California and throughout the country, naming mental illness as the cause for violence is stigmatizing and unhelpful.
CAMFT responds with helpful tips on what to do after a tragic event.
Mental health experts at CAMFT appeal to the current administration to end the policy of separating children from their families immediately and to allocate more resources to reunite children and families who have been torn apart by the United States government.
CAMFT recommends anyone having difficulty coping with a tragic event is to seek help with a therapist. Marriage and Family Therapists practice early crisis intervention and brief focused psychotherapy to resolve problems and reduce symptoms quickly.
The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a substantial change in the definition of gender, limiting gender to sex assigned at birth.
The parent-child separation at the U.S.- Mexico border has devastated many refugee and immigrant families and alarmed many mental health professionals.
“Families who are fleeing violence may have already experienced substantial traumas on their way to the United States. Parent-child separations like this may worsen the suffering for both the children and the parents,” said Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, Executive Director of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).
In the #MeToo Era, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Can Help Victims of Sexual Harassment and Assault
The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) has resources available to the media and to residents who are affected by the Southern California wildfires that are currently burning in Bel-Air, Ventura, Sylmar, Santa Clarita, and San Bernardino.
Nearly 1 in 6 adults in California has a mental health need, and approximately 1 in 20 suffers from a serious mental illness. The rate among children is even higher: 1 in 13 suffers from a mental illness that limits participation in daily activities. This translates to over one million adults who live with serious mental illness, and almost half a million children with serious mental health conditions.