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How local institutions are working to connect people to mental health services

Erin Halligan-Avery and Kristen Lopez on "Connections"
Emmarae Stein
Erin Halligan-Avery and Kristen Lopez appear on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Monday, January 9, 2023.

Why is mental health getting worse over time? The World Health Organization documents a significant rise in "mental health conditions and substance use disorders" in the last decade. Some experts point to the impact of social media, particularly on teens and adolescents. Others point to increased isolation and loneliness.

But a separate issue is whether a mental health crisis can be averted altogether or mitigated. Some prominent local institutions are working to connect their communities to mental health services before things turn for the worse. We discuss whether it's working, and how they evaluate mental health challenges in their own populations. Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.