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.

"Pink Slipping" Affects More Than Just The Patient

Jul 3, 2018
ALEXIS SCRANTON / THE BURR

In the world of mental health, emergency hospitalization can be a loaded topic. For some people, the image of a psychiatric hospital brings to mind movies like "Girl, Interrupted" or "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

The reality is far different — and the process behind deciding to hospitalize someone — also known as “pink slipping” — can be hard for the patient and the professional alike.

On June 27, 2018, WKSU presented a Mental Health Fair and Forum at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Here is more information on the Forum Panel, series sponsors and organizations participating in the Fair. 

FORUM GUESTS:

photo of Andrew Suvada
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Northeast Ohio police are increasingly turning to new methods when responding to people experiencing a mental-health crisis as police departments are shifting their training to better serve people who need their help.

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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