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California offers free mental health services for kids and families with new apps. Here's how

Angela Rodriguez, The Sacramento Bee on

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BrightLife Kids aims to help parents and children address a variety of issues, including tantrums, sleep habits, peer pressure, bullying, sadness, anger and more, the department said. Soluna addresses issues among older kids and young adults, such as stress management, social pressure and bullying.

According to the department, services on both apps include:

•Coaching: Pre-clinical and sub-clinical coaching sessions with behavioral health coaches.

•Educational content: Age-tailored articles, videos, podcasts and more are available to access.

•Assessments and tools:Tools to handle stress are available. Users can access tests to help track their mental well-being.

•Off-platform services:A guide is provided to help find nearby services for mental health support.


•Community engagement:Users can utilize forums, which are supervised by moderators, and activities to connect to other users.

•Crisis and safety protocols: Crisis and emergency safety resources are available.

How can I access the free mental health apps?

Soluna is free to download for eligible Android and Apple users.


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