| Sep 21, 2013
| 8:57 PM
WASHINGTON — For years, federal and state governments have struggled to build a background check system that can keep guns out of the hands of mentally troubled people.
Monday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard shows that goal remains elusive.
| Sep 26, 2013
| 10:00 AM
"Cleaver's Destiny" is an earnest but ultimately amateur production on all fronts that misses an opportunity to deal seriously with topics writer-director-star Karl Lentini obviously cares about.
Veterans and homelessness, mental illness and PTSD,...
| Aug 15, 2013
Re "Saving Andy, and taxpayers," Column, Aug. 11
Steve Lopez's endorsement of the mental rehabilitation program Step Up on Second reinforces the need to change the conversation about how to deal with prison overcrowding — from a focus on...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 4:58 PM
Her husband had been emotionally unraveling for months; paranoid, delusional, his mind hijacked by stubborn mental illness and dangerous drugs.
So when Erik Lamberg left his family in Hermosa Beach and set out for Oregon — to get sober, he said...
| May 17, 2013
| 1:55 PM
Go to a busy street in your community and count the next 25 adolescents who walk, bike, skateboard, stroll or saunter past. Odds are that two of those 25 kids (8.3% to be exact) would own up to having experienced 14 or more days in the last month that...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 10:39 AM
BEIRUT -- Taking a definitive stance on a topic that remains extremely sensitive in the Arab world, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society declared this week that homosexuality is not a mental illness and does not merit “reparative therapy.”...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 5:00 AM
If you routinely hear voices, hallucinate, sink into suicidal depression or suffer inescapable torment, Los Angeles has a place for you.
The county jail.
On Monday, the jail held 3,200 inmates diagnosed with a mental illness and accused of a crime....
| Jul 20, 2013
| 4:25 PM
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has no medical background, but he is the de facto administrator of what he calls "the nation's largest mental hospital."
"This is the system," he said, drawing a box on a piece of paper in his Monterey Park office last week....
| Aug 7, 2013
At nine prisons across California, more than 500 inmates continuing a hunger strike they began July 8 to protest what they call cruel and inhumane conditions, and this action — the third hunger strike in two years — must surely lead many...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 12:40 PM
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Advocacy groups on Thursday filed a class-action federal lawsuit against Contra Costa County's juvenile hall, alleging that some youths with disabilities are being denied educational services and held in solitary confinement for 23...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 12:00 PM
There is little in Andy's appearance or manner that offers a clue as to what he's been through. The arrests, the jailhouse beatings, the commitments. He's soft-spoken and unassuming, so much so that the story of his life doesn't seem to go with the man...