Navigating the Path to Mental Health

Nearly a fifth of the people in the U.S. have a mental health condition.  That’s over 43 million Americans and more than half lack access to care.  In Ohio as with the rest of the country, the stats show mental health issues have been increasing over the last several years, and the state is either in line with or worse than the national average when it comes to those increasing rates. Beginning on May 29, WKSU will look at the challenges that stand in the path to finding the support needed to find better mental health.  Every Tuesday on Morning Edition, we'll take a look at one of the challenges that exist and some of the resources and solutions that are available.  Also join us on Wednesday, June 27th at the Akron Summit County public library for a conversation on the issue.

Curtis Harbour has trained his service dog Max to respond with love when Harbour feels stressed.
Mark Arehart / WKSU

One of the barriers to finding the right mental health care in Ohio can be the cost. However, there are providers who offer services at little or no cost to low-income clients. In this installment of our series "Navigating the Path to Mental Health," WKSU’s Mark Arehart looks at the financial challenges facing both patients and providers.

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M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

Nearly 60 years ago, mental-health treatment began its move from massive warehouses like the old Massillon State Hospital to community-based care. But the path to effective treatment continues to face challenges: from old stereotypes to new medications. In the third installment of our series, “Navigating the Path to Mental Health,” WKSU’s M.L. Schultze explores the evolution among providers, advocates and patients.

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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Editor's note: Mike Quirk was originally misidentified in this story.

Mental-health care can be hard to access in much of Ohio, especially away from the larger cities. This installment of our series Navigating the Path to Mental Health looks at the challenges along the way to finding and getting mental-health services.

JEFF ST.CLAIR / WKSU

One out of five Americans, this year, will experience a mental health disorder.

Yet, for all its prevalence, many people dealing with mental health crises still face stigma and shame.

In the first installment of our series “Navigating the Path to Mental Health,”  WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair brings us the stories of four people fighting the stigma.

KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION

“For 29 years, I thought about mental health as someone else’s problem.”

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