Mental Health

Mental Breakdown

What mental illness looks like

I assembled my makeshift photo studio in a windowless office just big enough for a desk and two chairs. Wax paper covered the Home Depot work lights. Electrical tape held up the white sheet I had borrowed from my Modesto hotel room. My subjects...
Joyce Plis

Mental Breakdown

Help eludes father until son ends up behind bars

Joyce Plis, executive director of the Stanislaus County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, attends as many court hearings as she can, advocating on behalf of mentally ill individuals, helping family members navigate the legal system...

Mental Breakdown

To defuse problems, officers learn new methods

Modesto police officer Ben Brandvold wasn’t sure how well crisis intervention training would work in the real world. In September, he found out after completing the weeklong training, which teaches officers and deputies in Stanislaus County to...

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Hospital ERs see dramatic increase in mentally ill patients

Hospital emergency rooms in Stanislaus County are feeling the impacts from the statewide shortage of psychiatric beds and cuts to outpatient services. In the past five years, Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock has seen a dramatic increase in ER...

Mental Breakdown

Mental health by the numbers

555: the average number of California state hospital beds per 100,000 residents in the 1950s. 14: the average number of California state hospital beds per 100,000 residents today.

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Mental health care breaking down in Stanislaus

They appear here after every other door has been shut on them. Some are haunted by multiple voices or schizophrenia, others paralyzed by anxiety and depression. Inside this simply furnished room at the Stanislaus chapter office of the National...

Mental Breakdown

Mental illness: Who to call for help in Stanislaus County

* Stanislaus County 24-Hour Crisis Intervention: (209) 558-4600 * Doctors Behavioral Health Center: (209) 557-6300 (can also walk in)

Deadly risks

How the surgery study was conducted

For this study, Stanford professor Laurence Baker analyzed five years of statewide hospital (and some outpatient) discharge data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. He focused on 13 medical procedures, including a stroke...


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