mental health

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PHOENIX — Christina Torres, 32, a middle school teacher in Honolulu, had to postpone her June wedding and was not able to travel to her grandmother’s funeral in California because of the pandemic. She misses being able to deal with stress by going to the gym and getting together with friends.

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Stay at home. Wear a mask. Stay at least six feet away from others.

All of the new recommendations can cause a lot of psychological stress for all of us. On this edition of The Body Show, a discussion about how to stay well and deal with the symptoms of isolation, loneliness, anxiety, depression, and more.

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Dr. Martin Johnson joins the show, sharing how the use of telemedicine has opened up the availability to psychotherapy to everyone, even from the convenience of their own home! Learn what can help manage the anxiety and worry that is ever increasing during this time of the pandemic.


Coping during the global coronavirus crisis. We tapped the expertise of resources in our community as we try and understand what we are feeling. How do we recognize what is driving our behavior in this scary time? How do we best deal with our fear? What is driving the compulsion to buy all that toilet paper? Strategies for coping - what can help you calm down?

Our guests today:

Citing the recent killing of two Honolulu police officers, a group of lawmakers wants to further restrict access to firearms and expand the power to require mental health treatment.

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Hawaii already has some of the nation's strictest gun laws, but the fatal shooting of two Honolulu police officers by a man his lawyer and neighbors believe had psychiatric problems has added new urgency to efforts to close gun control loopholes and bolster mental health care treatment.


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A Maui family is suing two state departments, saying they violated federal law by cutting off essential mental health services for their daughter when she turned 18 years old.

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Managing our mental health during the holidays can be challenging – there is so much to do, attend and plan. This can leave folks feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed and depressed. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi filed this report.

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Parents are often the first ones to know when something just isn't right with their child. But what should they do next? Next time on The Body Show, Dr. Kathy Kozak will talk about a new neurodevelopmental center that will bring all the experts together at the same time to help. 

The Conversation: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

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Monster Homes; Synthetic Experiences and Pop Culture; Local Study on Depression; International Graduate Student Conference

The Conversation: Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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Mental Health Across Society

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Events are being held across the state this week for National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is still a taboo subject for many, and the next generation is taking action. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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Wikimedia Commons

Issues of mental health have come under closer attention around the world. In part, that’s because of recent efforts of people from Britain’s Prince William and Prince Harry to Lady Gaga. But in at least one part of Asia, large challenges remain. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Conversation: Friday, May 6th, 2016

May 6, 2016
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What a Difference a Rate Makes, UHERO blog: Michael Roberts

Town Square: Psychiatrist VS. Mental Health Care Providers

Mar 24, 2016
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Hey Paul Studios / Flickr

  It’s not just a turf battle, but the growing need for mental health care providers is encroaching on the authority of psychiatrist. For certain psychologists who’d like to be trained to prescribe, they could get their wish this legislative session. We’ll talk about that with our panel of health professionals on Town Square.

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Alachua County / Flickr


  Dr. Renneau Kennedy is an expert in the mental health of those we often overlook in society, the homeless, mentally ill and imprisoned. We are going to discuss the special needs of these groups and all of us in dealing with the community needs for better mental healthcare availability and how this affects every segment of society. 5pm on HPR2. 

New Plan Unveiled for Hawaii State Hospital

Sep 22, 2015
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Molly Solomon

The state Department of Health is unveiling an updated plan for the Hawai‘i State Hospital, that would more than double the amount of available beds for patients. The new plan includes a 144-bed state of the art facility, designed to ease overcrowding and improve safety for patients and staff.

It’s Monday, August 5 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Clearing debris through the DOE for better mental health

Matthew Bassett is the Litigation Director for Hawaii Disability Rights Center, formally the Protection and Advocacy Agency of the State of Hawaii. He has history with the agency - he’s worked for it since 1997... and the focus of his practice continues to be special education.

Clearing ocean debris for better marine health 

"Big Wind" Project Opposition, Battle of Midway, DSM-5, Comedy Improv

Jun 3, 2013

It’s Monday, June 3rd – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

A 13 cent solution for a blowin' in the wind study

Robin Kaye is the spokesperson for Friends of Lāna‛i. The organization is the voice of  many Lanaians who strongly oppose the development of an industrial wind power plant that would send all its power to O’ahu--possibly destroying  cultural lands in the process. Robin Kaye's Op-Ed Piece.