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Sandip Roy experiences a testiment to resiliance.... at the Pavlov Mental Hospital.

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The largest providers of psychiatric care in the US aren’t hospitals – they’re jails and prisons. On this edition of Your Call, we speak with journalist Alisa Roth about her new book Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness.

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On this special edition of Your Call, we'll find out why Kaiser Permanente therapists, social workers, and other mental health workers are on a five-day strike across California.

Mental Health

Sep 12, 2018

  Last week we discussed nuts and bolts of the Collaborative Courts Models used in the Bay Area. This week’s program, Inside the Justice System: Evolving Treatment of the Mentally Ill, continues that discussion, and considers the new law providing for Mental Health Diversion. 

"Collaborative Courts 101"

Sep 5, 2018


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 A controversial conservatorship bill passed by California's Assembly would give county officials more authority to force people with mental illnesses and substance abuse issues into treatment or put them in the care of a guardian.

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

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If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. You can also talk to someone online by following this link.

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the rising rate of suicides in the US. The recent deaths of chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade have shone a spotlight on suicide, but a new study from the Centers for Disease Control shows that rates have been rising for the last two decades – nearly 30 percent since 1999.

 

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The largest providers of psychiatric care in the US aren’t hospitals – they’re jails and prisons. On this edition of Your Call, we speak with journalist Alisa Roth about her new book Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness.

 

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with two experts about how they treat childhood trauma and toxic stress. When Dr. Nadine Burke Harris encounters children who aren’t growing or have trouble in school, she’s not content with writing prescriptions. As the founder of the Center for Youth and Wellness in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhood, Dr. Harris focuses on the underlying causes of trauma. Her new book, The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, explores how toxic stress impacts lifelong health.

 

Adam Zeek

  

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss threats to schools since the Parkland, Florida shooting. How can we get to the heart of the problem and help kids in distress?

 

Host Joseph Pace and his distinguished guests assess the mental health of Donald Trump and the country that elected him. Is he crazy or crazy like a fox? Does his narcissism reflect the narcissism of American culture? And does his volatility pose a real danger to the American public? If so, what can we do about it?  

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Considering California's cap-and-trade program's local effects

Aug 7, 2017
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Not everyone is happy about the state’s new climate change laws.

Going swimming? Check the "beach poo" Twitter bot

Jun 29, 2017
Marissa Ortega-Welch

Getting into the bay at Aquatic Park (with no wetsuit!) on a cold, foggy morning in San Francisco —  the water quality was not my top concern.  

San Francisco Sheriff Department

 

Since the early 1960s, a big chunk of San Francisco’s criminal justice system has been living inside the Hall of Justice. With its faulty elevators and occasional flooding, the building already has a bad reputation for employees who work there.

 

Then there are the people who have no choice but to live there.

 

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“Fake news,” “alternative facts,” travel bans, reports of Russian connections — the daily deluge of political news from Washington can be overwhelming. And for many people, it’s taking a toll. 

The Spot: Dreamlands

Dec 11, 2016

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...


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UCSF is conducting one of the first ongoing studies on the experience of homelessness among adults over 50. It’s called the Health Outcomes of People Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle Age, or HOPE - HOME. 

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How's all the meditation and yoga working for you?

Ruth Whippman's new book is "America the Anxious. How The Pursuit Of Happiness Is Making Us A Nation of Nervous Wrecks."

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Why is everyone so gung ho on having an optimistic attitude?

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Conversations about Autism are often focused on what people can't do.

An alternative to calling 911 in the Tenderloin

Sep 1, 2016
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Jacob Savage almost became a cop. He spent high school and college going on police ride-alongs, wearing a uniform and a bulletproof vest.

Holly J. McDede

 

This story originally aired in December of 2015.

Earlier this month, demonstrators around the Bay Area gathered to protest against the police killings of two African American men: Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. 

Dr. Toni Heineman founded A Home Within--the only national organization dedicated solely to meeting the emotional needs of foster youth.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 21, 2016

Apr 21, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news: 

Sharp concerns over crowded ballot // Capitol Weekly

"California’s clogged, high-stakes November ballot is riveting voters’ attention – and raising fears among those who have to count the votes.

Nancy Lublin, Founder of Crisis Text Line 

The longer I've been a career counselor, the more I've come to realize that successfully guiding people regarding their career often requires a consideration of their mental health issues.

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City Visions explores new ways Bay Area high schools are addressing teen anxiety and depression, following student suicides in several local communities. Host Joseph Pace and guests look at teen suicide risk factors, new school-based mental health interventions, and the impact of the culture of success on kids' lives.

HOLLY J. MCDEDE

 

Street protests and town hall meetings swiftly followed the shooting death  by police last week of 26-year-old Mario Woods in San Francisco’s Bayview district.

A doctor for your video game addiction

Dec 2, 2015
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There’s debate among mental health practitioners about whether to consider compulsive video gaming a "disorder" that requires psychiatric help. But one thing they do agree on is that too much gaming can be detrimental to the wellbeing of young people.

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