Tag Archives: mental health

In this portrait, twins Anastasia and Aja display their tattoos. The siblings were the only surviving babies of a quintuplet birth. After reuniting with Aja, Anastasia tattooed "Tisch'e" above her heart, the name of one of their siblings who didn't survive. Photo by Luisa Conlon.

Foster youth tell their stories through tattoos in the California Youth Connection’s new exhibit “Tribute”

Photographer Ray Bussolari harnesses the symbolic power of tattoos to represent the experiences of foster youth.
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Advocates for survivors of domestic violence join forces to end the crime

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, advocates and clinicians establish new connections to combat the crime.
Photo of sunrise at Out of the Darkness Community Walk Oakland. Photo courtesy Teresa Ferguson.

At Lake Merritt, families and survivors walk to support suicide prevention

Before sunrise on October 17, survivors of suicide and those who have lost loved ones to suicide will gather on the shores of Oakland’s Lake Merritt for the 7th Annual Out of the Darkness Community...
California State Senator Loni Hancock presents her work from the 2015 legislative session. Photo by Kyle Ludowitz.

State representatives discuss right to die, more money for schools, at Oakland event

State representatives report back from Sacramento on their 2015 achievements. The key topics of conversation were education, healthcare and the state budget.
Stethoscope on open book on a white background. Photo source: "PHYSICIAN" by Dr.Farouk on Flickr, shared via Creative Commons

Therapist Isadora Alman wants doctors to ask patients: “Are you enjoying your sex life?”

“Are you enjoying your sex life?” That’s a question sex therapist Isadora Alman would like primary healthcare providers to ask their patients, along with other basic questions often asked of people coming in for a...
Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). Photo courtesy of CHORI.

Oakland researchers propose a way to explain why what you eat may affect your behavior

Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids improve cognitive function and behavior in people with certain mental disorders, studies have shown. But scientists haven’t been sure how. Now, researchers at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI)...
A group of teenage girls gather at Oakland's Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) every Friday night.

In Oakland, a center works to protect Cambodian girls from sexual exploitation

CERI is a non-profit organization that provides mental health and social services to refugee and immigrant families, mostly Cambodians. All of the girls in its support group have parents who are Cambodian refugees, and they...