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Through the Cracks Through the Cracks is an exploration of mental health services in the commonwealth. Both data-driven and deeply personal, the series aims to spark conversations, question policymakers and health care leaders, and result in measurable improvements for those who need help.

This series is a collaboration between PA Post and Transforming Health.

Mental illness, substance-use disorder often occur together

Julia Chapman knows her mental illness played a role in heroin use
By Keira McGuire

‘There are no answers’: One family pushes forward after losing teenager to suicide

Josh Sterner had good psychiatric care, a therapist and access to medication. None of that prevented his death.
By Brett Sholtis

Smart Talk: “Through the Cracks” examines mental health treatment in Pennsylvania

Many who suffer can't find the treatment or assistance they need
By Merideth Bucher

Homeless and mentally ill: Hilda’s story

Hilda hasn’t always been homeless. She has tried many housing situations, but since 2009 she has been evicted from at least six places. She says people don’t understand her or her habits. Sometimes, she says she doesn’t understand herself. Hilda has been diagnosed with several mental illness disorders.

By Keira McGuire

People with serious mental illnesses are waiting months, sometimes ‘a year or more,’ to get treatment

In the 12 years since Harrisburg State Hospital closed, state funding for community mental health programs has decreased, leaving services 'stretched thin.'
By Brett Sholtis

Through the Cracks mental health series: Share your stories and questions

Through The Cracks will draw on experts and first-hand accounts to target problems and break down stigma associated with mental health.

By Brett Sholtis