▶️ Peer-to-peer youth crisis line helping teens work through issues big and small

Knowing how and where to find help for mental health issues is more important than ever and especially for our youth.

A service that’s trying to combat this very issue is Youth Line, a peer-to-peer crisis line that’s helping kids with issues big or small all across Central Oregon.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom has more.


Mental Health in Criminal Justice

Recent studies have shown that a significant number of convicted criminals have struggled with mental health or had a mental health crisis. Because of this, Oregon has been diverting more funds into mental health care as part of the justice system.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan takes a look at local law enforcement’s programs for mental health care.

Supper Club: Community Response Team

There’s a special team within the Bend Police Department who handle all of the mental health crisis calls, which can range anywhere from five to 15 calls a day.

For this week’s Supper Club, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with the three officers to talk about their daily work on the front lines of the ongoing mental health crisis.

Thanks to Sergeant Elizabeth Lawrence, Officer Kecia Weaver and Officer Jake Chandler for joining us.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Living with Bipolar Disorder

As a successful inventor, longtime Bend resident Brian Walker has been all over the world and seen and done things most of us would love to have on our bucket lists. But the “highs” of Walker’s life have also come with a lot of “lows”, and only recently, he received a diagnosis that explained why the man once dubbed “The Rocket Guy” came crashing down to Earth.

Walker sat down with Central Oregon Daily’s Diane Dean to share his journey with bipolar disorder to help others who might be going through the same ordeal.