Mental Health

As part of KVCR’s series for Suicide Prevention Month called “Wellness for Times of Uncertainty,” we’re talking about youth suicide.

Suicide rates have been on the rise among young people. According to a report at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2018, suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 24. And now during the pandemic, young people may not have access to the support system they once did and it’s taking a toll on their emotional and mental well-being.

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As part of KVCR’s series for Suicide Prevention Month called “Wellness for Times of Uncertainty,” we are talking about grief and loss during the coronavirus pandemic.

For most of us when we think of grief, bereavement or the traditional grief that involves mourning the death of a loved one comes to mind. But we actually grieve every kind of loss.

Dr. Veronica Kelley, Director of San Bernardino County’s Department of Behavioral Health says grief is defined as deep sorrow, trouble or annoyance and:

“Today our grief is hitting us on multiple levels,” said Kelley.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Riverside Free Clinic is now offering free, virtual mental health services every Wednesday. 

The University of Redlands Department of Counseling and Human Services‘ counseling students will be offering a range of mental health services under supervision of the university faculty.

All the services are free and include individual counseling, family counseling, and training in the form of psycho-education.

Janee Both Gragg is the program’s adviser.

May is Mental Health Month, and we have a series of stories about mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we have an interview with Dr. David Puder of Loma Linda University Health, who is worried about a potential increase in depression and suicide as a result of the pandemic and its economic fallout. As a warning, this story does talk extensively about suicide. Here’s KVCR’s Benjamin Purper in conversation with Dr. Puder.

You can hear more of Dr. Puder’s work on the Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast.


Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Gayani DeSilva, the Behavioral Health Medical Director for IEHP, the Inland Empire Health Plan. Dr. DeSilva talks about mental health and some of the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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A pastor at the Harvest Christian Fellowship Church in Riverside who spoke openly about his battles with depression died by suicide Monday night.

Jarrid Wilson was known for giving impassioned sermons on mental health issues, including his own struggles with depression.

Hours before he took his life, Wilson tweeted a message about suicide, saying “Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts.”

Wilson joined the church in 2018 and founded Anthem of Hope, a mental health nonprofit helping people deal with depression and suicidal thoughts.


Middle-aged men are at the highest risk for suicide, but experts say they’re also the least likely to talk to their doctors about it.

UC Davis Health is working on something that could change that. CapRadio’s Sammy Caiola has more.

When Dr. Anthony Jerant started designing videos for men struggling with suicidal thoughts, he says he had to frame it a certain way  … because of that old trope that men don’t like asking for help.

Across California, people who’ve been through a mental health crisis and come out the other side are using their experiences to help others in that situation - but often without rigorous training.  A bill moving through the legislature could make what’s called “peer support” a lot more official, as Capital Public Radio’s Sammy Caiola explains.

When Eric Bailey was leaving the hospital in 2013 after an episode related to his bipolar disorder, he didn’t know what came next. He’d lost his job, his apartment … and hope.

Then a stranger approached.

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An estimated 50% of all Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to the CDC. KVCR's Benjamin Purper spoke with psychiatrist David Puder about some ways to protect your mental  health in 2019. 

David Puder is the director of the MEND partial and intensive outpatient program at the Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center.

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Mental health advocates say anxiety is up among college students dealing with things like debt and the cost of living. That's prompted a push for more counselors at California State University campuses. Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne has this story.

A new report from the University of California, San Francisco says California is experiencing a statewide shortage of mental health professionals -- and the problem is especially bad in the Inland Empire. KVCR's Benjamin Purper has the story. 

Researchers at UC San Francisco’s Healthforce Center found that the Inland Empire and San Joaquin Valley have the lowest ratio of mental health professionals to population in California. That means there aren’t enough Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals in these areas.

There's a lack of mental health providers across California, and new research shows that it's only getting worse.  Capital Public Radio's Health Care reporter Sammy Caiola looks into the shortage.

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The California Senate has approved a bill that would allow judges to send criminal defendants suffering from mental disorders to treatment instead of trial.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.