Special Report

Hawaii's Mental Health Crisis

November 2020

Thursday, November 5

Suicides In Hawaii Appear To Be Decreasing — Despite Pandemic

May 2020

Wednesday, May 27

The Other Coronavirus Crisis: Escalating Mental Health Problems

Friday, May 15

Suicides Of 4 Young Men In A Week Raise Alarm On Kauai

March 2020

Friday, March 27

Coronavirus Is Spiking Levels Of Anxiety, Panic And Stress

February 2020

Wednesday, February 5

Hawaii Lawmakers Work To Keep The Mentally Ill Out Of Jail

January 2020

Tuesday, January 21

Creating More Treatment Options in Hawaii’s Fractured Mental Health System

November 2019

Monday, November 25

Mental Health Services On Hawaii Campuses Lag Far Behind Demand

Wednesday, November 6

Searching For New Ways To Keep Hawaii’s Mentally Ill Out Of Jails And ERs

September 2019

Wednesday, September 4

Homeless Advocates Test Hawaii’s New Forced-Treatment Law

July 2019

Monday, July 22

Lawsuit Challenges Hawaii’s Termination Of Youth Mental Health Services At 18

April 2019

Tuesday, April 30

How These Bills Could Help Those With Serious Mental Illness

March 2019

Thursday, March 7

Bill Focuses On Revolving Door Of Involuntary Psychiatric Treatments

February 2019

Thursday, February 28

Lawmakers Propose Fixes For A Broken Psychiatric Care Law

Monday, February 25

When Delusions Steal Your Daughter

December 2018

Thursday, December 20

Yoga Gains A Place Behind Bars In Hawaii

November 2018

Wednesday, November 28

A Mom Struggles Mightily As Law Lets Son Defy Doctor’s Orders

Monday, November 26

Free Ala Moana Clinic Opens For Young People With Psychosis

Friday, November 9

Yoga Is Helping Combat Vets Find New Strength And Peace Of Mind

October 2018

Thursday, October 25

Emergency Help For Hawaii’s Mentally Ill Is Often A Revolving Door

Wednesday, October 3

Should Psychologists Be Able To Prescribe Drugs?

September 2018

Tuesday, September 18

Innovative New Program Plugs Some Holes In Mental Health Care System

Monday, September 17

Hawaii’s Mental Health Care Crisis

Why Civil Beat Is Taking A Deep Dive Into Hawaii’s Mental Health System

July 2018

Monday, July 16

How Primary Care Docs Are Learning To Treat Mental Illness

June 2018

Monday, June 25

Law Enforcement’s Struggle To Help Honolulu’s Mentally Ill

November 2017

Thursday, November 16

Hawaii State Hospital Wasn’t Built For The Type Of Patients It Serves

October 2017

Monday, October 2

The Disturbing State Of Mental Health Care In Hawaii’s Prisons

Suicides In Hawaii Appear To Be Decreasing — Despite Pandemic Getty Images

Suicides In Hawaii Appear To Be Decreasing — Despite Pandemic

Experts say the preliminary data is an encouraging indicator that people are paying closer attention to their mental health and getting help.

State Expands Crisis Hotline Getty Images/iStockphoto

State Expands Crisis Hotline

Hawaii CARES hotline now offers around-the-clock access to mental health resources, substance abuse treatment services and crisis support.

The Other Coronavirus Crisis: Escalating Mental Health Problems Getty Images

The Other Coronavirus Crisis: Escalating Mental Health Problems

Calls to crisis hotlines and hospital admissions for psychiatric problems are up as the economy unravels and many feel isolated by public health restrictions.

Suicides Of 4 Young Men In A Week Raise Alarm On Kauai Flickr: Alachua County

Suicides Of 4 Young Men In A Week Raise Alarm On Kauai

On Kauai, suicide is an old problem. But it’s gaining new urgency as the island grapples with a spate of tragic deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coping With Coronavirus Stress: NAMI Offers Free Online Workshop Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Coping With Coronavirus Stress: NAMI Offers Free Online Workshop

Learn positive coping skills and connect with other Hawaii residents who are feeling stressed out during the coronavirus outbreak.

Stressed Out? Hawaii Crisis Line Offers Support During Coronavirus Outbreak Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Stressed Out? Hawaii Crisis Line Offers Support During Coronavirus Outbreak

If the COVID-19 outbreak is taking a toll on your emotional wellbeing, you’re not alone. Here are some resources where you can find help and support.

Coronavirus Is Spiking Levels Of Anxiety, Panic And Stress Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Coronavirus Is Spiking Levels Of Anxiety, Panic And Stress

Mental health professionals are increasing doses or seeing patients more often. People with no history of psychiatric symptoms are also struggling.

Hawaii Lawmakers Work To Keep The Mentally Ill Out Of Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Work To Keep The Mentally Ill Out Of Jail

Mental health advocates, state officials, police and lawmakers have been working together to come up with better ways to get treatment for non-violent offenders.

Creating More Treatment Options in Hawaii’s Fractured Mental Health System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Creating More Treatment Options in Hawaii’s Fractured Mental Health System

A key feature of the proposed reforms includes diverting the mentally ill from ERs into outpatient and residential programs more tailored to their needs.