mental health


Mon July 29, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

How Bay Area mental health services fall short


If someone you loved was suffering from a serious mental illness, or seemed like they were on the verge of a psychotic breakdown, you might think you could turn to a psychiatric hospital for help. But in California, that might not do you much good. Institutions have the right to turn a person away unless they’ve been taken into custody. More than ninety percent of patients in California psych hospitals have dealt with police first.

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Mon July 29, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

For Asian American women, depression and suicide go largely unseen

Danise Sugita shows the diary she kept during one of her suicide attempts.

Last year, KALW began a series on Asian American mental health. We introduced you to the Lieu family, who described their challenges as immigrants finding care for their schizophrenic daughter.

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Wed April 10, 2013

The war comes home: transitioning to civilian life

Aaron Glantz is a reporter with the Center for Investigative Reporting and author of the book, The War Comes Home. He talked with KALW about what makes the transition to civilian life so hard.

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Thu December 6, 2012
Cops & Courts

San Francisco General is the city’s main public hospital, and also the main provider for the city’s

San Francisco General is the city’s main public hospital, and also the main provider for the city’s poorest and most vulnerable residents. On an average day, about 20 people suffering from mental illness walk through its doors asking for psychiatric help. It’s often a last resort for people without a support system or anywhere else to turn. But ongoing state and city budget cuts have forced San Francisco General, like many other public hospitals in the state, to make tough decisions. The psychiatric emergency rooms have been hit the hardest.

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Mon October 1, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Asian American Mental Health: Inside Out

Credit Under CC license from Alaina Abplnalp Photography.

This article has been formatted for the web. Listen to the audio above to hear the full Q&A and story.

It’s difficult to deal with any kind of illness when it hits. But when it affects your emotional and psychological health, it’s often impossible to even describe.

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