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State expands mental health accessibility

The coronavirus pandemic has people more stressed and anxious than ever. But, help is on the way.

Posted: Jan 14, 2021 12:30 AM
Updated: Jan 14, 2021 8:38 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Arturo Hurtado graduated from Chico State last year.

He comes to Bidwell Park to play music to combat the isolation at home.

"I mean it beats just staying inside and watching Netflix over and over again,” he mentioned. “It's like a combination of a way to get outside of the house and distract myself."

And Hurtado is not alone.

"I've been hanging in there,” said one biker. “Thank god the park is open so we can actually be coming to this and get some exercise. Otherwise, we would be stuck at the house and just climbing the walls in there."

But, help is out there. In September, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law strengthening the state's mental health services. Now, insurers must cover all mental health conditions instead of only a handful.

It will also require them to meet standards when defining who can get medical help for mental health.

Psychologist Dr. Joel Minden says the best way to combat isolation, depression, and anxiety is to get creative.

“My experience has been that the folks who are able to manage some of the challenges of the pandemic most effectively are the people who are really committed to finding creative ways to take action, to experience pleasure, sense of accomplishment and to increase that sense of personal control,” Dr. Minden said.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3055568

Reported Deaths: 34441
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles103280614122
San Bernardino2561091560
Riverside2504362645
San Diego2168352109
Orange2148082477
Santa Clara943661109
Kern86718565
Fresno82485968
Sacramento806781111
Alameda67952765
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San Joaquin58290786
Contra Costa52965450
Stanislaus42882758
Tulare41867506
Monterey36126255
San Mateo32596309
San Francisco29321262
Solano25806106
Imperial25317465
Santa Barbara25083236
Merced24452308
Sonoma24068240
Kings19435145
Placer17380180
San Luis Obispo15929136
Madera13443151
Santa Cruz12298113
Marin11693157
Yolo10620131
Shasta9776122
Butte9474123
El Dorado782644
Sutter775478
Napa760140
Lassen519516
San Benito496343
Yuba495127
Tehama397142
Tuolumne338240
Nevada320673
Mendocino311432
Amador301631
Lake261230
Humboldt239324
Glenn193519
Colusa17339
Calaveras161723
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Mono11214
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Del Norte8662
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3024
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As expected, we had much quieter weather around northern California on Wednesday with plenty of sunshine, much weaker wind, and a wide range of temperatures. Thursday will be similar, but much more active weather is coming.
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