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THE CITIES PODCAST: How to get through a mental health crisis right now

Each week, News 8’s Jim Mertens talks with area leaders, entertainers, community activists, and interesting characters who are part of the fabric of life in “The Cities”.

THIS EPISODE:  Jim talks with the head of Vera French Mental Health Services which is offering new programs that better reach out to the community.

Denise Beenk talks about the new Crisis Stabilization Center designed for people facing an immediate crisis that requires a short-term treatment.

Vera French has a five-bed residential facility with counselors to serve as a safety net for people.

We also talk about the Drop-In Clinic that moved into bigger facilities, at the old United Neighbors building on the Harrison Street hill, that gives people a chance to stop in and talk with peers who can help people deal with issues they’re facing right now.

It’s the latest effort to create a safety net for Quad City residents in an era when mental health issues are cited as one of the most pressing health issues facing residents.

Find out what’s offered in our THIS CITIES podcast.

To listen on Spotify, click here.

You can catch entire episodes of “The Cities” on WQPT, public television for the Quad Cities region, Thursdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m., and Mondays at 6 p.m.

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