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The state of California is now offering free mental health resources to kids, teens and their caregivers with the launch of two, new digital platforms.

BrightLife Kids, by Brightline, offers services for children up to 12 years old; Soluna, by Kooth, hosts resources for teens and young adults ages 13 to 25 years old. The platforms, announced Tuesday, are free for all California young people.

“When you think about younger kids, you think about social-emotional learning, regulating big feelings and emotions,” said Amrita Sehgal, of Brightline. “This initiative by the state the California is tremendous.”

Sehgal said the platform aims to connect kids — and their parents — with resources for managing relationships with siblings and family members, improving their sleep and navigating worries and sadness.

Soluna offers support tailored to older children, teens and young adults.

“We believe every kid can benefit from early intervention and support,” she said.

Insurance is not required to sign up. Resources including coaching, educational content, care navigation and more can be accessed through an app, through mobile internet, or by a desktop computer.

“That’s a great idea,” said Beverly Johnson, a grandmother. “We need more of that in the community.”

The program is a part of the state’s CalHope program.

“There’s a great need for enhanced behavioral health services and support,” said Autumn Boylan, of the California Department of Health Care Services. “Rates of suicidality, anxiety, depression and loneliness, sadness have been escalating across youth populations of all backgrounds.”

Boylan said her team worked with more than 300 youth, parents and caregivers, as well as hundreds of experts, in preparing to launch the two programs.

“There’s a need for sure,” she said. “[We’re] so excited to be finally delivering on what we heard from young people that they want and need out of a digital health tool.”

Resources are available in English and Spanish.