On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, at a time when many veterans are troubled by the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the stresses of the pandemic, advocates have a message for those struggling with mental health: Help is available.
A new directive from Gearhart police chief Jeff Bowman limiting the kinds of mental health calls his officers will respond to, places his small department at the vanguard of policing in the state and situates him as an outlier among departments typically hostile to sweeping systemic changes.
Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s become clear that Oregon doesn’t have enough therapists to meet everyone’s needs. For Oregonians of color, therapists that provide culturally competent care are scarce, partly due to the shortfalls of Oregon’s mental health care system. Here's what one Oregon lawmaker is doing to try and change it.