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Smart Talk: Fighting to save lives from suicide

York family shares heartbreaking story of daughter's death
By Merideth Bucher

‘They’re bursting at the seams’: As Hahnemann closes labor unit, concerns over lack of maternity wards in Philly

Philadelphia area nurses, midwives and other medical providers said the loss of a hospital like Hahnemann that takes many low-income, Medicaid-dependent patients is unfathomable.

By Emily Scott, WHYY

Smart Talk: Involuntary commitment is a lifeline for some

One family's daughter, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, doesn't believe she needs treatment
By Anna Sirianni, WITF

Praying for involuntary commitment: One family struggles to help their bipolar daughter

The Stringer family sees profound failures of the mental health system in Pennsylvania
By Brett Sholtis

Updated: July 10, 2019 | 9:26 am

Bloomberg Philanthropies gives Pennsylvania $10 million to reduce overdose deaths

“We see it as: The train has left the station, and it’s a train that we want to see get to the place it’s going.”
By Nina Feldman, WHYY

Updated: July 3, 2019 | 9:25 am

Whistleblower: LGH settlement with DOJ fails to address core problems

“It’s a slap on the wrist with a feather."
By Brett Sholtis

Norristown civil unit closure allows for forensic unit expansion

Closure of the civil unit at Norristown State Hospital is now expected to be complete by fall of this year. With those beds opening, officials say the forensic unit can expand. Forensic beds are reserved for those with a mental illness who have also committed a crime.

By Keira McGuire

Midwives hope Philly’s first free-standing birth center will make inclusive care more accessible

Birth centers are seen by a growing number of mothers to be a favored alternative.
By Emily Scott, WHYY

Congress eyes ban on firefighting foams that have tainted drinking water

PFAS have been used since the 1940s and have been linked to health conditions including high cholesterol, thyroid disease, low birth weights, immunodeficiencies and some cancers.

By Nicholas Pugliese, WHYY