Through the Cracks will draw on experts and first-hand accounts to target problems and break down stigma associated with mental health. Both data-driven and deeply personal, this months-long series aims to spark conversations, question policymakers and health care leaders, and result in measurable improvements for those who need help.
‘She’s breaking down’: Inmates at Bucks County jail decry treatment of suicidal woman with severe mental illness
Diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder, 28-year-old Kim Stringer was sent to jail in April, during the peak of the coronavirus. Her parents haven’t heard from her since.
A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 45% of adults say the pandemic has affected their mental health.
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One county mental health administrator said the way the law was written makes it ‘impossible’ for counties to take advantage of it.
According to the Pew Research Center, 70 percent of teens see anxiety and depression as a major problem among peers.
- Brett Sholtis
Closure of the civil unit at Norristown State Hospital is now expected to be complete by fall of this year. With those beds opening, officials say the forensic unit can expand. Forensic beds are reserved for those with a mental illness who have also committed a crime.
- Keira McGuire