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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.

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

"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.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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