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Lakota turn to crowdfunding after spate of suicides

Desperate to stem the recent spate of youth suicides in their community, residents of South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have turned to an unlikely ally — crowdfunding.

Imperial Valley's mental health gap

In 1965, the deinstitutionalization of mental health treatment charted a path toward overcrowded prisons and a shortage of mental health treatment facilities. Today, Imperial County in California is dealing with both of those consequences.

Violence on the rise: its impact on mental well-being

Like in many low-income communities, violence is a major concern for residents of Merced County. Just last year, the county recorded its highest number of homicides at 32. For this project, I will explore the short and long-term effects that the increasing violence has on residents’ mental health.

Mental health care in rural northern California: Fated for failure?

With high rates of many mental illnesses and not much money to treat them, are the rural counties of far-northern California destined for meager mental health services? What's lacking in these systems, and - perhaps more importantly - how did ones in similar areas overcome the same problems?

Three deaths from past year that spotlight ongoing health problems

Three high-profile deaths that occurred over the past year are worth noting as reminders of the larger topics that should be top of mind for health writers.

New study: stigma not major barrier to treatment for people with mental illness

Another major study debunks idea that stigma is a major barrier to care for people with mental illness.

ACA opens doors for bold new ideas in mental health treatment

The Affordable Care Act has spurred new conversations about how to best deliver mental health benefits. Ideas range from incorporating more mental health services into primary care visits to the use of avatar systems to help schizophrenics control hallucinations.

Mental health court growing, 'changing lives'

The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that approximately one in five state jail prisoners have a recent history of a mental health condition. Jail health care officials say that it's one in four in Tulare County. A mental health court is trying to change that.

ACA’s Innovation Center spurs testing of new health care models

One way the Affordable Care Act aims to spur innovations in health care delivery is through the CMS Innovation Center. Four California-based projects give a sense of the kinds of programs and ideas the office is currently funding and tracking.

As mental health benefits expand, a provider hails the changes

For one mental health counselor in Washington state, Obamacare has improved mental health care for many of her clients. With some providers seeing an uptick in newly insured clients, more adults and children are getting long-needed care.

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