Investigations


Cowgirl Boots, Anxious Nights: Transgender Youth and Families Grapple with Hostile Legislation – and Sky-High Rates of Mental Illness

It started with a pair of cowgirl boots – pink and blue with floral embroidery. Grandpa B. offered to take his grandchild Marty shopping for boots. At the store, which sells Texas-style western wear, 5-year-old Marty checked out the offerings and decided that the coolest by far was that special pair…

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With Mental Health Concerns Often Ignored, Covid Long-Haulers Band Together for Research, Support

Many long COVID patients have struggled with mental illness – and felt their symptoms and needs dismissed. As a result, some “long-haulers” have become advocates and researchers, forming collaboratives to gather data and hunt for treatments. They’ve been joined by sympathetic specialists known as long COVID clinicians, who have set up…

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Trial by Fire

California’s firefighters describe a broken and depleted fire service suffering a hidden, smoldering crisis. Across the state, Cal Fire crews that fight wildfires opened up to tell CalMatters their heart-wrenching stories — exhaustion on the firelines, weeks on duty without respite, suicidal thoughts, never-ending trauma and the terror and pain of…

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