What can be done to improve mental health care in America?

In this edition of Your Call, Dr. Thomas Insel will be back to discuss “Healing: Our Journey from Mental Illness to Mental Health”. In 2015, when Dr. Insel was director of the National Institute of Mental Health, an encounter with the parent of a 23-year-old with schizophrenia caused him to quit his job to investigate why our mental health system is failing at every step, not as a psychiatrist, but as a journalist looking for solutions. He shares his findings in his new book.

We will also look at ways to improve mental health care in communities of color. Research indicates that, compared to white, black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), they are less likely to access mental health services, less likely to seek services, less likely to receive needed care, more likely to receive quality care and more likely to end services prematurely. We will discuss the reasons and ways to fix these issues.


Dr. Thomas Insel, psychiatrist and neuroscientist, special adviser to California Governor Gavin Newsom, director of the National Institute of Mental Health from 2002 to 2015 and author of Healing: Our journey from mental illness to mental health

Kim L. Knight, MBA, MS, LMHClicensed mental health counselor, certified life coach and co-founder of clinicians of color

Web resources:

National Alliance on Mental Illness

psychology today

Atlantic: What America’s Mental Health Care Is Missing

The New York Times: The “nation’s psychiatrist” takes stock, with frustration

The Wall Street Journal: Psychiatrist Thomas Insel seeks a cure for the mental health crisis in the United States

American scientist: A revival of psychedelics could fill a long-standing treatment gap for psychiatric disorders

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