Jeffery McNeil’s story of what led him to being homeless, and how he dealt with it.
Content categorized as Mental Health
Michael Craig’s story of a monkey and a zoo
A local mental health professional argues that D.C.’s privatization of health services led lower quality care for patients and job loss for government workers.
D.C. government, nonprofit organizations and citizens are responding to the most recent spike in synthetic drug overdoses.
At the “People’s Barbecue” in Baltimore City in August, local nonprofits offered resources to attendees.
The D.C. Department of Behavioral Health offers training sessions for individuals who suffer from substance abuse and other mental illness to become mental health peer counselors.
While it is most common among youth nationwide, synthetic cannabinoid overdoses are plaguing poor adults in the nation’s capital.
Behavioral health specialist Richard Bebout is piloting a comprehensive high-tech project to provide care services to homeless patients with a complicated physical or mental health history.
Matthew Farkas, a resident at 801 East men’s shelter for several years, died on May 11 at the age of 36. It was exactly one month before his birthday.
D.C. local government agrees upon LGBTQ health data collection, in opposition to Trump Administration’s attempt to eliminate it.
Artist/Vendor Reginald Denny describes how growing up in a “demeaning location” affected his mentality as an adult.
May 12 marked the inaugural “Walk 4 Recovery,” organized by D.C. residents to celebrate recovery from substance abuse and bring hope to those struggling with it.
After our visit to WAMU with Tyrone Turner, a visual editor and photojournalist, l visited the opioid memorial in President’s Park. Tyrone’s story on glue addiction in Brazilian young children and his story about the death of an opioid-addicted child make one realize how we are all susceptible to opioid addiction.
Most of what you see in the actions and behaviors of homeless people is trained and conditioned behavior. Those responsible manipulate most of us and protect themselves, their power. Lots of what transpires in this world is not by happenstance. While everyday events seem spontaneous or isolated, unraveling before your eyes, the system in which they occur is by design. Like laboratory rats, monkeys and guinea pigs in a grand experiment, some of us are rationed just enough, some of us are forced to endure scarcity and some of us are privileged with excess.
A look at the importance of smiling
A poem from Street Sense artist and vendor Charleton Battle about the struggles he faces is in his daily life, and more importantly the work he puts in to help himself succeed.
A report released Feb. 26 by the Office of the D.C. Auditor and the Council for Court Excellence documents serious shortcomings in the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health, including instances in which staff without formal forensic training made decisions regarding patients’ competency to stand trial and their criminal responsibility for the charges they face.
DC residents, disability-rights advocates and service providers testified on February 14th during the Committee on Human Service’s Performance Oversight Hearing lead by Chairwoman Brianne Nadeau.
United Nations Special Rapporteur Philip Alston visited several locations throughout the United States to observe and report on extreme poverty and its human rights implications.
Many witnesses at at D.C. Council oversight hearing for the Department of Health criticized D.C. Health Care Alliance.