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Linda Anderson, an emergency communications technician, responds to a call at the Denver 911 dispatch center. Eli Imadali for NPR hide caption

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Many 911 call centers are understaffed, and the job has gotten harder

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Mental health care is hard to find, especially for people with Medicare or Medicaid

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks in support of Proposition 1, a $6.38 billion bond ballot measure, during a news conference at the Los Angeles General Medical Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Both President Biden and former President Donald Trump have made public gaffes on the campaign trail. Experts say such slips, on their own, are not cause for concern. Morry Gash/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Recent gaffes by Biden and Trump may be signs of normal aging — or may be nothing

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A student at Santa Clara University holds a sign in support of increased mental health services on campus, during a rally in the winter of 2021. Dai Sugano/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images hide caption

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Gen Z and millennials want to have a chat about mental health. With politicians

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Physicians who admit to mental health or addiction issues typically are required to share more details and submit to scrutiny such as monitoring or periodic drug tests. ER Productions Limited/Getty Images hide caption

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Doctors face huge stigma about mental illness. Now there's an effort to change that

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Patients report that ketamine infusions can be lifesaving, with immediate improvement for severe depression. But dosage and safety measures vary widely at the hundreds of clinics that have opened. Yana Iskayeva/Getty Images hide caption

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LIV Health's recently opened urgent care clinic is in a high-profile location along one of Wyoming's busiest streets. Rachel Woolf for NPR hide caption

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'We don't want to be first place.' Wyoming tries to address high gun suicide rates

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How to prevent stress from escalating into distress

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Gregg Martin, author of 'Bipolar General,' at his home in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Michelle Bruzzese for NPR hide caption

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The self-proclaimed 'Bipolar General' is waging war on the stigma of mental illness

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Feeling anxious? Try smiling or doing a good deed to snap out of it

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Under growing pressure, Meta vows to make it harder for teens to see harmful content

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A new law brings in changes for mental health patients and providers. Christophe Archambault/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Americans on Medicare now get better access to mental health care. Here's how

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Every year, an estimated 100,000 young adults or adolescents in the U.S. experience a psychotic episode. Only 10-20% of them gain access to the holistic treatment approach recommended by the National Institute of Mental Health as the gold standard of care for early psychosis, due to lack of space or because insurance won't cover it. Illustration by Anna Vignet/KQED hide caption

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It keeps people with schizophrenia in school and on the job. Why won't insurance pay?

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Well-intentioned mental health courts can struggle to live up to their goals

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For decades, pilots have been reluctant to seek mental health care for fear of losing their licenses. At a safety forum Wednesday in Washington, pilots and safety experts urged federal regulators to reform rules that discourage pilots from getting treatment. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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Pilots say they're afraid to seek mental health care. The FAA says it's listening

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Former first lady Rosalynn Carter attends a rally at the U.S. Capitol in March 2008 when she helped get the mental health parity law enacted. Carter died on Nov. 19 at age 96. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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First lady Rosalynn Carter's legacy on mental health boils down to one word: Hope

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Christine Rogers of Wake Forest, North Carolina, was asked to complete a mental health questionnaire as part of her annual physical. A brief conversation with her doctor landed her with a charge for a separate consultation. Kate Medley/KFF Health News hide caption

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She talked about depression at a checkup — and got billed for two visits

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