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Slap: Story on mental health challenges goes beyond blame game

Jenna Russell's recent three-part series for The Boston Globe presents a remarkably intimate, revealing portrait of a man and his family as they struggle to cope with his mental illness. Her reporting holds a number of lessons for journalists taking on projects that deal with mental health.

Laura’s Law: A Program For Severely Mentally Ill People Who Refuse Treatment

A California law designed to help people who have serious mental illness and refuse treatment has only been fully implemented in rural Nevada County, north of Sacramento. San Diego County is considering implementation of what's also know as Assisted Outpatient Treatment as an option.

Did anyone see it coming?

Why family members and schools should be paying attention to indicators of mental health problems in teenagers and their potential links to violent behavior.

San Diego Mother Searching For Her Mentally Ill Son

People suffering from serious mental illness such as schizophrenia often refuse treatment because they don't know they're sick. The San Diengo County is reviewing the mental health services available to thousands of people who are resistant to treatment.

Story of a Lifetime Changes Lives of Writer and Subject

Perhaps every journalist dreams of writing a story that changes the world. Fewer dream of writing the story that changes themselves. But it’s that latter story that found Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, who shared his experience with the 2013 National Health Journalism Fellows.

Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish: The Price of Underfunded Community Mental Health Care in Texas

In 2003, Texas decided only to treat three mental health diagnoses: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Everyone else—and everyone who suffered from these but was misdiagnosed or undiagnosed—became ineligible for community-based health services.

A shining light in Modesto

As mental health budgets shrink and services erode in Stanislaus County California, Aspen Family Medical Group, a primary care clinic, has taken on a key role in treating the county's uninsured mentally ill.

Finding mental health somewhere between east and west

"Inside Out" is a public radio series that will begin a conversation about the mental health of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). These radio and multimedia stories examine the experience and understanding of mental health from the perspective of several Bay Area residents of differing AAPI ethnicities. They reveal barriers to care, like...

What If Mental Illness is a Universal Experience? A Path Away from Stigma to Timely Treatment and Prevention

An opinion piece, borne of personal experience and a decade of mental health reporting, arguing in favor of many proposed changes to the DSM-5 that would allow early intervention for common mental disorders.

Who's Left Out of the DSM-5 Debate? Consumers and, it Appears, Science Writers

This was my final post as a blogger for Psychology Today.com. After two years and 110,000 page views, its editors decided my contributions "no longer met their editorial needs." Coincidence? You decide.

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