May is Mental Health Month. So, this week we bring you two reports on possible progress as families seek answers about needed improvements in mental health care from giant insurer Kaiser Permanente.
In late April, Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane traveled to Kaiser headquarters in Oakland. She was there with a group of family members who have, like her, lost loved ones to suicide despite seeking help from Kaiser. The group met with Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson (TIE-son) and other executives and asked them to transform the health care giant’s approach to mental health. Zane told News Director Steve Mencher that the meeting was extremely emotional.
Part two of our discussion with Supervisor Shirlee Zane tomorrow. If you or a loved one are thinking about suicide, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK, that’s 273-8255.