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Sorry, The Therapist Can't See You — Not Now, Not Anytime Soon

More than 43 million Americans have depression, anxiety, or another mental health condition. But more than half never get help. Recent laws were supposed to make it easier for Californians to access treatment, but many still face roadblocks, even with insurance. In this special series by KQED's The California Report and State of Health we travel across the state to find out why it’s so difficult to get mental health care.

Listen to the half-hour radio special here:

Explore each of these stories below. We talk to a single mom looking for help in San Francisco, where there are lots of therapists. And we meet a young woman in Shasta County, where there aren’t.

We talk to the therapists who are trying to help. We explore the current state of enforcement. And we take a step back in history to understand how psychotherapy became a hobby of the wealthy rather than a critical service for those in need.