Last updated on May 15, 2023
The San Diego Union Tribune (SDUT) spent over one year with dozens of journalists working to create this report on San Diego County’s emergency response system as it relates to people in behavioral health crisis.
Here is an index of links to all of the individual parts of this series.
72 Hours: Inside San Diego County’s mental health crisis – the entire series home page
Full 3-Day Narrative
- CARE Court could expand mental health treatment for those reluctant to receive it
- New county, city programs focus on providing mental health help to homeless population
- Veterans experience mental health issues in higher numbers than civilian population
- Schools ramping up mental health support for youth
- Shifting from crisis care to chronic care for patients dealing with mental health issues
- County working to disentangle law enforcement from mental health encounters
- Behavioral Health Court explained: Who gets in and what happens when they do?
- County jails are the largest mental health facility in the region
- A hospital closed its psychiatric ward and exposed the region’s fragile system
San Diegans, like all Americans, are struggling with mental health. Here’s how to help. By The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board.
A project with deep personal and professional meaning. By Tarcy Conners.
In their own words: Stories from the front lines of San Diego County’s behavioral health system – essays by various first-responder stakeholders
- Opinion: This is how 911 dispatchers care for their own mental health. It can help you cope, too. By Alexieus Perkins, 9-1-1 Dispatcher.
- Opinion: A lot of training goes into dispatchers being the calm voices in the chaos of an emergency. By Brian Jensen, San Diego Fire-Rescue Dispatch Administrator
- Opinion: We all can help prevent suicide. Here’s what to look for, what to say, how to provide hope. By Amy Chavez, Program Manager San Diego Youth Services.
- Opinion: As a judge specializing in mental health cases, I know the system can improve — and how. By Judge Cindy D. Davis, San Diego Superior Court.
- Opinion: Services aren’t enough. Our LGBTQ resource center exists for help, support and advocacy. By Max Disposti, Executive Director, North County LGBTQ Resource Center.
- Opinion: Schizophrenia is a devastating, often misunderstood mental illness. We’re trying to help. By Gregory Light, Professor UCSD School of Mental Health Research and the Mental Illness, Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. Neal Swerdlow, Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego School of Medicine.
- Opinion: No one should have to battle addiction, anxiety or depression alone, especially the young. By Dr. Fadi Nicolas, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of the Sharp Behavioral Health.
The 72 Hours Team
Project editors: Tarcy Connors, Dana Littlefield | Lead writers: Blake Nelson, Teri Figueroa, Lyndsay Winkley | Reporters: Emily Alvarenga, Andrew Dyer, Teri Figueroa, David Hernandez, Dana Littlefield, Jeff McDonald, Tammy Murga, Blake Nelson, Alex Riggins, Paul Sisson, Deborah Sullivan Brennan, Gary Warth, Lyndsay Winkley | Photojournalists: K.C. Alfred, Nelvin C. Cepeda, Eduardo Contreras, Adriana Heldiz, Sam Hodgson, Meg McLaughlin, Denis Poroy, Ana Ramirez, Alejandro Tamayo | Photo editor: Roger Wilson | Video editor: John Kelley | Photography director: Sam Hodgson | Graphics artist: Michelle Gilchrist | Graphics director: Cristina Byvik | Personal commentary editors: Laura Castañeda, Matt Hall, Tania Navarro, Chris Reed | Copy editors: David Clary, Lora Cicalo | Online design art director: Gloria Orbegozo | Digital creative director: Michael James Rocha | Print design art director: Michael Price | Logo designer: Gregory Schmidt