Merced County Resident work towards safer, healthier neighborhoods

Highlights Violence can affect even those not directly involved, especially young children, experts say Local schools practice modern conflict-resolution methods to steer away from violence Community groups agree collaboration from all sectors is needed to improve safety Le Grand High School junior, 16 speaks with friends during a meeting of the Restorative Justice League at…

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Violent Traumas Linked To Buried Health Issues

Highlights Post-traumatic stress disorder common among victims, perpetrators of violence Chronic stress associated with poor mental, emotional, physical health Mental health stigma still an issue, especially in smaller communities Winton resident Claudia Gonzalez, 29, holds a photo of a friend who was killed by gang violence while speaking about her childhood and experience being initiated…

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