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The Mental Health Toll Of The Pandemic

Feb 25, 2021
CBS News

On this edition of Your Call, we are discussing mental health resources for those who are coping with depression, anxiety, isolation or grief.

Office of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman

On tonight's Out in the Bay (10 pm Tuesday) San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman says his passion for politics goes back to age 5 and his passion for providing mental health services to combat homelessness from his mother “spiraling into mental illness” a few years later.

Though he grew up in gay-friendly San Francisco from age 11 — when he moved north to live with his grandmother — he “had to leave San Francisco to come out” while a sophomore at Yale, which he called “the gay Ivy.”

Mandelman shares more about his life and discusses affordable housing, mental health, homelessness, economic recovery from COVID and efforts to preserve queer culture in SF’s Castro district and city-wide.

Andrew Stelzer

The three largest mental health treatment facilities in the U.S. are jails. The criminal justice system has become the primary way the United States deals with mental illness. In the second of a two-part documentary, we see how some communities are working to find solutions to this misalignment of care.

Listen to part one of this audio documentary here.

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In part one of a two-part investigation into how the country’s jails have become our default mental health treatment centers, we go to Santa Rita jail in Alameda County, one of the largest — and deadliest — jails in California.

Listen to part two of this series here.

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Feeling anxious about November 3? You’re not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, more than two-thirds of Americans say the 2020 presidential election is a significant source of stress in their lives. We’ll discuss techniques for managing the emotional toll of this election and share some tips for how to cope with the potential days or weeks of uncertainty ahead. 

COVID's Mental Health Crisis: What Resources Are Available?

Jul 15, 2020

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the pandemic’s mental health toll. More than 30% of adults in the US reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

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Is COVID-19 impacting your mental health? You're not alone. Host Grace Won speaks to healthcare professionals about strategies to combat loneliness, anxiety and depression during this pandemic. 

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May is mental health awareness month. It's an issue for people of all ages, including teenagers. According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 15 to 24. And the rate is increasingA Los Gatos teen who experienced challenges of her own started a podcast to give her peers struggling with mental health issues a voice. 

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Melissa Jones is the Executive Director of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiatives, a coalition of the region's public health departments. The coalition has been meeting regularly to discuss best practices for policy decisions around COVID19. One of which is whether or not counties should keep their parks open for residents to access during the shelter in place order. 

Joseph Mega

The novel coronavirus will not slow down the opioid epidemic that’s gripped the United States for decades. As the Bay Area shelters-in-place, a mobile health team in Contra Costa County continues to bring prescriptions for addiction medication directly to people who are homeless and even more isolated from services. 

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Bay Area shelters and dog rescues are currently closed to the public. So, what’s happening with all the unhoused dogs? Turns out, shelters are getting creative. 

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When Governor Gavin Newsom issued his shelter-in-place order in mid-March, he said the elderly need to stay at home alone. Research has shown that loneliness can be as deadly as many other diseases. We checked in to see what seniors are doing to stay connected while staying safe.

Damion Hunter

The gooming industry is one of many that have been hit hard by coronavirus closures — nail shops, hair salons, and barbershops. The government doesn’t consider them essential services.

Most of us are working from home, including the staff of KALW. In fact, this show was put together using apps like Slack, Zoom and a variety of recording and file sharing services. It’s been an adjustment, but many of us are realizing how much we can communicate and do without meeting in person.

City Visions: Therapy that's a click away

Dec 9, 2019

  As affordable mental health care becomes harder to access, more people are downloading self-help and therapy apps to address problems as wide ranging as phobias, depression, procrastination, and anxiety. But do these apps actually work? In the brave new world of digitally delivered mental health care, will your next therapist be an algorithm? 


Elissa Chakoff, Clinical Implementation Manager, Recovery Record

Christy Choy, Marriage and Family Therapist and Talkspace Provider

Need To Vent? Call California's Warm Line

Dec 3, 2019
Audrey Dilling

This piece first aired in May, 2015. Since then, Daisy Matthias has moved on from the warm line and Dilhara Abeygoonesekera has replaced Melodee Jarvis as program manager. 

Seventy thousand people call San Francisco’s suicide crisis line each year. If someone's making that call, it usually means they're on the verge of harming themselves, and in severe emotional distress. But San Francisco has a service that’s aimed at reaching people before they’re on the brink of crisis — the San Francisco Mental Health Association's Peer-Run Warm Line.

  On this edition of Your Call, Dr. Ken Rosenberg discusses his new book, Bedlam: An Intimate Journey Into America’s Mental Health Crisis.

On this edition of Your Call, we speak with three winners of this year’s 20th annual Brower Youth Awards, which recognizes outstanding youth leaders who are making strides in the environmental movement. 

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Early voters in the San Francisco headed to the polls today. They’ll have the chance to choose the city’s next district attorney. 

The Art Of Sound Healing

Sep 23, 2019
Truc Nguyen

Eric Cetnarski works as a sound healer in Oakland. Sound healing can be many things: from listening to our favorite songs to using our voices. 

Jenee Darden

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The month was inspired by the late writer Bebe Moore Campbell. KALW reporter Jenee Darden shares her poetry and journey with depression in this Bay View. Jenee is the author of "When a Purple Rose Blooms."

An East Oakland Community Comes Together To Address Mental Health

Jul 31, 2019
Cinque Mubarak

East Oakland residents have lived with violence for a long time. Studies show exposure can impact mental health. A listener asked our Hey Area project what kind of volunteer work are East Oakland residents involved with. 

One organization is helping black women with their mental health

Reimagining Dementia With Dr. Tia Powell

Jul 24, 2019


On this edition of Your Call, Dr. Tia Powell joins us to discuss her new book, Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End. More than five million people in the US have dementia. As 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, that number will likely rise.


On this edition of Your Call, we speak with Kaiser Permanente's mental health workers who are striking in San Francisco today to protest worsening access to mental health care for children.  

On this edition of Your Call, neurologist and public health specialist Dr. Aysha Akhtar discusses her new book, Our Symphony With Animals: On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies, which explores the deep connection between humans and animals.

Lee Romney

A group of teens with the Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco realized their mental health needs were being overlooked at school. So they did some research  -- and wound up changing school district policy.

Conservatorship: Part 2

Jun 26, 2019

  Two weeks ago, with San Francisco social welfare agencies considering a program to redefine the reach of “mental health” conservatorship, we began to discuss Part 1.  Now, June 26 sees resumption in Part 2 of our discussion. YLR host Jeff Hayden welcomes Jessica Lynn Rowe, Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law, and Member of Trust & Estates  Law & Taxation Law Sections of California Lawyers Association; Dr George Bach-Y-Rita, MD, Board Certified in Psychiatry & Neurology, San Francisco. Questions for Jessica and George?

Stanford psychiatrist and trauma specialist, Dr. Shaili Jain joins host Joseph Pace to discuss her debut book, The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science.

Mental Health Conservatorship: Part 1

Jun 12, 2019

  San Francisco considers expanding the reach of conservatorship laws. YLR host Jeff Hayden is joined by returning guest Paula Spano. Together, they explain just what IS a "mental health conservatorship." Your questions for Jeff and Paula? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255.

Psychedelics are making a comeback.  Is America ready?  Host Ethan Elkind and guests explore the history and new therapeutic applications of psychedelic drugs.