mental health

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This past summer thousands of women and young people flooded over the border -- seeking to escape terrible violence in South and Central America. Many who came brought little with them, but they carry emotional baggage. And that’s where mental health counselors step in -- to help the recently arrived deal with the trauma they’ve faced, and even to help convince American courts to let them stay. But there are a lot of barriers to good mental health care for immigrants.


On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the underlying factors of suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year, more than 38,000 Americans take their own lives. Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade. What explains this? What are the warning signs and what can be done to prevent suicide? Join the conversation and call in with your questions on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Courtney Brown, hotline coordinator for the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Hotline

The Changing Face of What is Normal from Angela Penny

What is the definition of normal? Over 25 percent of the US population over age 18 suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder.

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Dr. O’Neil Dillon served as the lead psychiatrist at Solano and San Quentin state prisons from 1994 to 2000. Before working in the California state prison system, Dr. Dillon practiced general psychiatry in Berkeley at Herrick Memorial Hospital and Alta Bates Hospital. He also serves as President of the Northern California Psychiatric Society.

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