Mental Health

San Francisco Officials Announce Plan For Universal Mental Health Care

City leaders in San Francisco on Tuesday morning announced a plan for the first universal mental health care system in the U.S. SF supervisors want voters to decide if everyone who lives in San Francisco should be guaranteed mental health care. “We are still San Francisco. We have not lost our heart and soul. And […]

Researchers say there’s a simple way to reduce suicides: Increase the minimum wage

Since 2000, the suicide rate in the United States has risen 35 percent, primarily because of the significant increase in such deaths among the white population. There are hints that these deaths are the result of worsening prospects among less-educated people, but there are few immediate answers. But maybe the solution is simple: pursue policies […]

As Suicides Rise, Insurers Find Ways to Deny Mental Health Coverage

The U.S. is in the midst of a mental health crisis. In 2017, 47,000 Americans died by suicide and 70,000 from drug overdoses. And 17.3 million adults suffered at least one major depressive episode. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, a landmark law passed more than a decade ago, requires insurers to provide […]

Help hard to find for teens struggling with mental health, thoughts of suicide

Milwaukee-area teen TJ Esser told his family he was transgender when he was 13 and found them very supportive. Many teens aren’t that lucky. Transgender students “suffer from so much mental health because it’s not always an open place in schools to be who you are,” says Esser, who is now 16. Whether they get that care […]

Washington lawmakers approved an ambitious plan to fix the mental-health system

Washington legislators took substantial steps to reshape the mental-health system, including funding for new facilities, legislation to increase the number of qualified workers, and the creation of new types of treatment centers. Lawmakers approved the plan – which sprawls across two different state budgets, as well as several other bills – in the legislative session […]