He was about to die, so they took him to the ER. But not the next time. Or the time after. Why?

He almost died twice. The first time, he was surrounded by doctors who did everything they could to keep him alive. The second time, the only thing that kept him in this world was a friend who cared enough to look out for him.

"I don't understand at all why society doesn't want me to die of a physical health problem but seems happy for me to die of a mental health problem."

This video was posted ahead of England's parliamentary election, but it's a perfectly appropriate concern to have even if you don't call Great Britain home.

America's mental health care system isn't much better than England's.

A 2013 congressional report found that 55% of U.S. counties have no practicing mental health providers. Not a single practicing psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, or social worker. But demand is so high — even in areas that have coverage — that people often still find themselves being turned away by providers with full client lists.


If you are lucky enough to live in an area with providers who will accept new patients, that care may still put a substantial dent in your wallet. The Affordable Care Act mandates that insurance companies offer the same amount of coverage for mental health and substance use disorders as they would for medical or surgical procedures. Unfortunately, companies are using loopholes to add limits that make it harder for patients to access care.

Everyone should have access to good medical care, and that includes mental health care.

If you believe mental health care should be taken just as seriously as physical health care, share this video.

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Los Angeles is experiencing a homeless epidemic that was years in the making.

Over the past six years, the unhoused population in the city has risen 75 percent. The city's lack of homeless shelters and affordable housing has forced many who can't afford L.A.'s sky-high rents to live on the streets.

According to LAist, since 2000, renter incomes have decreased by 3 percent while rents have gone up 32 percent.

While the city has launched a $100 million-per-year program to help the problem, rapper, entrepreneur, and actor Jaden Smith has found his own way of responding to the crisis: love.

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Mom and blogger Mary Katherine Backstrom regularly shares snippets of life with her two children on her Facebook page. One particularly touching interaction with her daughter is melting hearts and blowing minds due to the three-year-old's wise words about forgiveness.

Even adults struggle with the concept of forgiveness. Entire books have been written about how and why to forgive those who have wronged us, but many still have a hard time getting it. Who would guess that a preschooler could encapsulate what forgiveness means in a handful of innocent words?

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Social media may be "ruining society" according to a lot of people's grandparents. But it's also a pretty helpful tool for spotting racists and publicly shaming them. Incidentally, a lot of those racists are also people's grandparents... kinda makes you think, hmmm?

Recently, two elderly white ladies were spotted in a Burger King in Central Florida being racist towards a man who they overheard speaking Spanish. That man turned out to be the manager.

Some nearby customers were filming the incident and posted the video online where it's gone viral. "Go back to Mexico," says one of the women. "If you want to keep speaking Spanish, go back to your Mexican country." She then continues: "this is America. Our main language is English. ... Speak your Mexican at home."

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The U.S. women's soccer team won the Women's World Cup, but the victory is marred by the fact that the team is currently fighting for equal pay. In soccer, the game is won by scoring points, but the fight for equal pay isn't as clearly winnable and the playing field isn't as even.

We live in a world where winning the World Cup is easier than winning equal pay, but co-captain Megan Rapinoe says there's one easy way fans can support the team: Go see games.

Some people argue the men's team deserves to get paid more because they are more successful and earn more money for the United States Soccer Federation. Pay depends on merchandise and ticket sales, and in general, men's sporting events tend to draw a bigger crowd than women's sporting events. It's not about sex, many argue; it's about the fact that people just prefer to see men play.

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