Through hyper-personal and thoughtful storytelling, Newsy's exclusive reporting exposes the important nuance in America’s mental health crisis, with a focus on how differently people typically experience issues based on demographics and geography.


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The CDC reports one in four Americans between the ages 18-44 received mental health treatment last year. That's up nearly 20% from before the pandemic.

These are the stories of Americans from all walks of life and how they've overcome some of their darkest days. They are messages of struggle, but also hope.

Newsy’s mental health initiative, “America’s Breakdown: Confronting Our Mental Health Crisis,” brings you deeply personal and thoughtfully told stories on the state of mental health care in the U.S.

3:13A man and woman sit down at a table in a park

Psychologist Says There's A Rise In The Number Of Lonely, Single Men

6:14Jude Smith playing her guitar

Finding Hope Through A Different Approach To Mental Health Care

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Hospital ERs Struggle To Treat Surge Of Mental Health Patients

2:23Heather Bodie

How Live Storytelling Is Helping People Cope With Mental Illness

3:22a group of singers rehearse at Insight Memory Care

How The Power Of Music Is Helping Patients With Alzheimer’s

6:53Janaki Kates

Former Senior CIA Officers Describe Their Mental Health Struggles

2:35Clean Is Mandatory Owner Andre Scott gives a customer a haircut

Nonprofit Trains Black Barbers To Be Mental Health Advocates

5:02Julie's Story
Julie Reed

Curbing People With Mental Illness Away From Jail

3:15A nurse communicates through glass.
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Where Do Front Line Workers Go For Help With Mental Health Challenges?

3:34Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy
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Some Musicians Play Through Mental Health Issues From Industry

3:21Church members stand.
Mark Black / AP

How Christians Are Coupling Biblical Concepts With Mental Wellness

4:13Johnny Pinchback, who spent 27 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault before DNA evidence cleared him
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Exonerees Share How They Cope With Mental Health Challenges

6:40Shea Olcheski

Former Journalist Recounts Battle With Burnout, Mental Health Struggle

5:36Children attend school
John Locher / AP

How To Understand And Watch For Signs Of Child Abuse

4:24A visitor makes a photo at the TikTok exhibition
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TikTok Is Helping Foster Conversations About Mental Health

5:36Jane Fitzpatrick

A Pediatric Therapist Speaks On Trauma Of Abuse In Children

5:27Empty desks in a classroom
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New Orleans Students' PTSD Rank Higher Than The National Average

6:20Reverend Denise Walden Glen

Focusing On Community, Faith And Mental Health After The Tops Shooting

6:45U.S. veteran Sergio Alfaro
Sergio Alfaro

U.S. Veteran Shares Message Of Hope After Battling PTSD

7:12U.S. Veteran Connor McDaniel
David McDaniel

The Struggle And Rising Need For Veterans To Get Mental Health Care

3:27A doctor stands at a desk.

Buffalo Tragedy Highlights Need For Black Mental Health Care Workers