November 1, 2019, 10am PDT
The Golden State's ongoing homelessness crisis has residents on edge and is testing the limits of empathy in a state known for its liberal values.
June 13, 2019, 1pm PDT
Thanks to legislation by Sen. Scott Wiener passed last year, San Francisco will apply a new tool to force treatment on some homeless, mentally ill people who refuse it, but it's limited to five people annually. A new Wiener bill would expand it.
August 8, 2018, 12pm PDT
For doctors trying to provide mental health care to people who are incarcerated or detained by the New York City Department of Corrections, city jails pose a challenge — and provide an opportunity.
May 7, 2018, 6am PDT
In Australia, a new study will determine the best ways to make high-density developments healthy places to live.
July 20, 2017, 5am PDT
Transport for London has responded to customer requests for a new accessibility measure: a map to help riders avoid long tunnels.
May 5, 2017, 8am PDT
Living near vegetation appears to be linked to a longer life and better mental health—for women, at least.
December 9, 2016, 11am PST
After the city's government cut funding to mental health services, closing many of the city's clinics, residents of Chicago's West Side voted overwhelmingly to tax their properties to reverse that trend.
November 21, 2016, 12pm PST
City councilmembers express concern about progress of homelessness plan after receiving a first update report.
September 6, 2016, 5am PDT
Some experts claim that city living causes mental illness and unhappiness, but a new study indicates that urban environments provide many mental health benefits. Better planning can help make sane and happy cities.
December 4, 2015, 5am PST
A new study based on an analysis of the residents of Turin, Italy, a city of over 900,000, reveals that walkable access to public transit and urban services benefits mental health, particularly for women and seniors.
January 15, 2014, 6am PST
A new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology finds that moving to a more-green area can have a long-lasting positive effect on mental health, unlike the short-term jolt from pay rises, promotions or winning the lottery.
August 29, 2013, 1pm PDT
Kaid Benfield argues that amid our focus on placemaking, density, transit, and walkability we need to find room to talk about how to create sanctuaries, or peaceful places, 'where one can get away and be quiet and still'.
May 29, 2013, 9am PDT
Patricia Leigh Brown looks at the community gardens funded by the California Mental Health Services Act of 2004, which help to heal disadvantaged refugee communities less inclined to use formal mental health treatments.
October 12, 2012, 9am PDT
Scientists are studying whether the stresses of living in urban environments increases the risks of developing mental health disorders. Global urbanization is making the question an urgent one, writes Alison Abbott.