Activists gathered to discuss economic and racial inequality, reparations, police violence – and to celebrate accomplishments.
The pandemic has people stressed, scared and anxious. Tell the city of Berkeley how it can help
In a community survey, 56% of respondents said mental health was their biggest worry about the pandemic. The city wants to know what people need.
Family, friends say insanity plea means no justice in Emilie Inman murder case
A devastating murder case concluded Friday in Alameda County Superior Court with a judge finding Pablo Gomez Jr. not guilty by reason of insanity and confining the convicted killer to a state mental hospital for decades.
Man in mental health crisis detained in downtown Berkeley, sent for psych eval
A man wrapped in Christmas lights and covered in feces was detained by police in downtown Berkeley and taken for a psychiatric evaluation on Wednesday afternoon, authorities report.
Berkeley High students want to make mental health part of the curriculum
Ruby Spies and Abby Steckel are asking the city and school district to support the peer health program.
Berkeley police negotiators get suicidal man with knife to hospital
A knife-wielding man in crisis who repeatedly threatened to commit “suicide by cop” eventually agreed to be taken into custody for a medical evaluation after a standoff Wednesday.
After water rescue in Berkeley, man taken for welfare check
First responders rescued a man in crisis from the San Francisco Bay on Tuesday, then got him to the hospital for a welfare check and medical evaluation, authorities report.
Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center offers a safe place to eat, relax
Women and families without permanent housing can eat and relax at the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center and escape from some of the stresses of the street.
One year after a Berkeleyside special on homelessness: Where we are today
Despite progress, Berkeley still falls far short of providing housing for the nearly 1,000 homeless people in the city.
Lack of public input on new Berkeley youth center rankles neighbors
Downtown business owners and neighbors expressed frustration that a new center for young adults with mental illness and substance abuse problems was approved without public input.
New street team aims to reach chronically homeless, mentally ill
For the first time ever, the city has created a team of outreach workers focused on getting chronically homeless, mentally ill individuals off the streets and into housing.
Police use negotiators, de-escalation to end West Berkeley standoff
A five-hour standoff last week ended with a woman being taken to the hospital for medical evaluation after several disturbances at her West Berkeley home, police said.