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By Chris Neklason
Published May 13, 2024

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May is Mental Health Month

This week, we note that May is Mental Health Month.  If you live in one of the 10 counties in our coverage area, we include links to groups focusing on supporting your health and well-being below. If not, know that your community has resources available to assist you with information a web search away.

Most importantly, if you or someone in your family is in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, call the California Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Also, as always: Peruse your cureated local News Feed; learn about a local nonprofit doing good work; and check out our Recipe of the Week.

California's Mental Health History

A harrowing number of young people report living in despair, while we witness thousands of our neighbors suffering in the streets. Jon Vankin on the unintended consequenses of a misguided health-care reform effort.

UPDATE: California’s Mental Health Crisis: How We Got Here

The California mental health crisis is tied to both homelessness and rising crime.
How the California mental health crisis emerged out of the state’s history of deinstitutionalization and laws designed to protect the mentally ill, as well as the communities around them.

A Visitation from the Northern Lights

A mega-storm on the sun and earth's magenetic field collabroated on a show over the weekend.

Aurora Borealis in the Santa Cruz Mountains

The Northern Lights appeared in Northern and Central California Saturday night.

Sacramento County Mental Health Resources

Life is the hardest job there is. Luckily, nobody's in it on their own.

Every community is home to a network of helpers to assist when things become more than one can handle alone.

We’ve gathered a list of Sacramento County nonprofit community groups with a mission to help people through times of crisis ill health and the challenges of aging or past service in the military.

If things are feeling too heavy or out of control, reach out.

And if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the California suicide prevention and mental health lifeline now at 988.

Recipe of the Week

Our friends at Sacramento Digs Gardening publish a recipe from their gardens every Sunday, which we feature here so you can start your week with some yum.

See more recipes in their Taste Spring! cookbook.

Chilled asparagus soup an elegantly cool dish

Serve the soup chilled but not ice-cold for best flavor. Top with crème fraîche, chopped chives and a blanched asparagus top.
New! Spring asparagus blends well with green garlic

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Healthwest Minerals Inc. DBA Mt Capra Products Recalls Goat Milk Formula Recipe Kit and Warns Consumers Against the Use of Product as Infant Formula

Healthwest Minerals, Inc. d/b/a Mt. Capra Products of Chehalis, Washington, is recalling 1,506 boxes of Goat Milk Formula Recipe Kit on the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and advises consumers to immediately discontinue use of the product as infant formula. The FDA is conc
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Western Mixers Produce & Nuts, Inc. Recalls Yogurt Covered Pretzels Because of Possible Health Risk

Western Mixers Produce & Nuts, Inc. of Ontario, CA is recalling Yogurt Covered Pretzels, because the yogurt coating has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with wea
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Voluntary Recall of Select Great Value Organic Black Chia Seeds Due to The Possible Presence of Salmonella

Natural Sourcing International is initiating a voluntary recall of one lot of Great Value Organic Black Chia Seeds 32 oz. due to the potential presence of Salmonella that may be in some of the finished products. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or
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Sacramento opens the new Del Rio Trail for all to walk, bike, roll and enjoy

The City of Sacramento this week opened the Del Rio Trail, a new active transportation corridor that will provide a low-stress bike route connecting south Sacramento to downtown. The construction of this project, which began in November 2022, marks a significant step toward reducing automobile dependency and promoting sustainable transportation. "This trail is not just [...] The post Sacramento opens …
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Explore career opportunities with SacPD at this upcoming open house

The Sacramento Police Department is hosting a recruiting open house on Thursday, May 16, at the Sacramento Public Safety Center (5770 Freeport Blvd). Attendees will learn more about SacPD and the diverse range of services they provide. Different units will be on site to provide individuals with insights into the various roles within the department. [...] The post Explore career …
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From Vision to Reality: Elk Grove City Council Approves Plan for New Zoo

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City seeking input from renters to evaluate effectiveness of Tenant Protection Program

The City of Sacramento is asking residents to take a survey about its Tenant Protection Program to help assess current knowledge, effectiveness and needs across the city when it comes to renters protections. Data from the survey will help the City evaluate how the program could better assist residents and guide any potential changes to the Tenant [...] The post …
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City approves $2.5 million in funding for affordable apartments in south Sacramento

State funds awarded to the City in recognition of its pro-housing policies will be used to help build 113 affordable apartments on the site of the former San Juan Motel on Stockton Boulevard in south Sacramento. The Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday to direct $2.5 million from the states Prohousing Incentive Pilot grant to provide [...] The post City approves …
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Texas Pecan Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Tree Nuts (Not Named Individually), Soy, Dairy(Milk), Sesame and Wheat Not Named in Product

Texas Pecan of Dallas TX is recalling 1 Lb and 8 oz products because it may contain an undeclared allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to (tree nuts, peanuts, almonds, brazils, cashews, filberts, macadamias, pistachios, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, soy, dairy (milk), sesame and