mental illness


Tue April 21, 2015

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A rendering of Openhouse's planned senior apartments at 55 Laguna Street
Van Meter Williams Pollack architects

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news.

Work starts on LGBT senior housing // Bay Area Reporter

"Graffiti covers the interior walls throughout Richardson Hall, a vacant historic Spanish Colonial Revival style structure at the corner of Laguna and Hermann streets built in 1925 as part of the now-defunct San Francisco State Teacher's College complex.

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Fri March 6, 2015
Arts & Culture

Philosophy Talk asks: Who decides what counts as mental illness?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is the primary reference catalog for mental health illnesses. But whereas a medical textbook will show you the picture of a broken bone or a tumor, leaf through the DSM and you will find just one thing: lists of symptoms. Who creates these lists, and based on what criteria? Do such lists really capture the nature of a mental illness? What does it mean to be a disease of the mind versus a disease of the body? Does our classification system construct mental illness, or does it reveal underlying facts from genetics or neuroscience?

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Mon December 8, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: Who are the mentally ill homeless?

The photography of robert okin

On the December 8th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll talk to Dr. Robert Okin about his new book “Silent Voices: People With Mental Disorders On The Street.”  Nearly 200,000 of the homeless people in the US are severely mentally ill. Dr Okin spent two years collecting the stories of mentally ill homeless people in San Francisco.  How do they end up on the street? And how can we help them while respecting their humanity -- and autonomy?  Join the conversation on the next your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


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Thu June 5, 2014
Cops & Courts

Alameda County grapples with implementing Laura’s Law

If implemented, Laura’s Law would allow courts to compel those suffering from severe mental illness to outpatient treatment.
Flickr user andersdenkend

The shooting at Seattle Pacific University marks the latest gun-related tragedy in the U.S. It follows the attacks in Isla Vista at UC Santa Barbara. The country is talking about whether or not to require treatment for the severely mentally ill. In California, this has been an ongoing conversation, ever since the creation of Laura’s Law.

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Thu June 5, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Behavioral Health Court offers offenders more than jail time

Behavioral health courts can give offenders who are mentally ill the option to be tried for non-felony crimes. Within the program, offenders can have access to not only the district attorney and public defender, but to several social services programs in order to help them get them back on their feet. 

One catch — they have to want to be in the program. 

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