WKSU Presents Mental Health News Series and Community Forum
WKSU News is presenting Navigating the Path to Mental Health, a six-part series examining access and availability issues surrounding mental health care in Northeast Ohio. The project, which began in late May, includes reports airing during WKSU’s broadcast of NPR’s Morning Edition each Tuesday from May 29 through July 3 and a community forum at the Akron-Summit County Public Library on June 27 at 7 p.m.
Nearly a fifth of Americans (around 43 million people) have a mental health condition, and a majority of that group lack access to the care they need. Statistics show mental health issues have been increasing over the last several years, and more than half of Ohio residents say they have needs dealing with them that are not being met. This WKSU News series identifies the obstacles that stand in the path to getting the help and examines the resources that are available.
The Navigating the Path to Mental Health forum is open to the community and free with a reservation. A panel of speakers and WKSU reporters will engage in a conversation surrounding the current state of mental health care in Northeast Ohio and the steps being taken to build access. The event takes place in the auditorium at the Akron-Summit County Public Library's Main Library on June 27 with WKSU’s M.L. Schultze acting as moderator. For additional information and to make a reservation, visit the events page at www.WKSU.org.
Reports scheduled in the Navigating the Path to Mental Health news series include:
- June 12: “The Path to Treatment” (finding the right help, through therapy or medication) – M.L. Schultze
- June 19: “The Path to Support for All” (financial obstacles to access) – Mark Arehart
- June 26: “The Path to Better Response” (better training, awareness for public safety, employers) – Kabir Bhatia
- July 3: “The Path to Involuntary Commitment” (pink slip) – Cameron Gorman