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In Mental Health Crises, a 9-1-1 Call Now Brings a Mixed Team of Helpers and Maybe No Cops

June 2021

By the time Kiki Radermacher, a mental health therapist arrived at a Missoula, Montana, home on an emergency 9-1-1 call in late May, the man who had called for help was backed into a corner and yelling at police officers.


The home, which he was renting, was about to be sold. He had called 9-1-1 when his fear of becoming homeless turned to thoughts of killing himself.


"I asked him, 'Will you sit with me?'" recalled Radermacher, a member of the city's mobile crisis response team who answered  the call with a medic and helped connect the man with support services. "We really want to empower people, to find solutions."

Missoula began sending this special crew on emergency mental health calls in November as a pilot project, and next month the program will become permanent.

Naomi Osaka’s Withdrawal from the French Open Highlights How Mental Health Ranks Below Physical Health

June 2021

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka announced that she would withdraw from the French Open after she was fined and threatened with being disqualified for not speaking to media during the tournament to protect her mental health.


French Open officials and others reacted not with concern but by criticizing her for not fulfilling her obligations. This occurred despite the fact that her refusal came after a first-round win, unlike others fined for skipping press conferences because of losses.


The evolving maelstrom that has followed weighs two priorities: the obligation to fulfill one’s job requirements — which in Osaka’s case includes talking to the press — and protecting one’s mental wellness. While a physical injury is routinely accepted as a legitimate reason for not performing aspects of one’s duties, mental or emotional injury has yet to reach the same level of attention or legitimacy... 

September 22, 2020

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How to Care for Your Mental Health in a Difficult Holiday Season, According to Therapists

December 21, 2020

Chances are the final weeks of 2020 look markedly different than what you would've predicted on the first day of this year. With COVID-19 case and death counts on the rise and hospitals continuing to fill up, many are grappling with the ways that the unchecked coronavirus has sabotaged their daily lives, their economic stability and their time-honored traditions at the end of a year where shared celebration and community may feel more important than ever before.

More than a million people in the U.S. are also estimated to be facing their first holiday season without a loved one who has died from the disease.