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What will it take to improve access to mental health services?

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about why it's so difficult to access mental health services. What it will take to improve access? According to Mental Health America, more than 56 percent of adults experiencing a mental health illness are going untreated.

Barriers to access vary, but a shortage in mental health providers has forced some to rely on on emergency services. One study found a 42 percent increase in use of emergency services for psychiatric care in recent years. What explains this? And what will it take to improve this system?


Kelly Davis, director of Peer Advocacy, Support, and Services at Mental Health America

Peter Murphy, outreach coordinator for the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, which operates the city’s Warm Line, a peer-run non-emergency resource for people in the Bay Area seeking emotional support

Web Resources:

Mental Health America: Finding Help

Mental Health Association of San Francisco: Peer-Run Warm Line

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Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.