Alyssa Jeong Perry

Community Health Reporter

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It is still very hard for many people to talk about mental health. I explore how Southern Californians are trying to overcome the stigma, how that differs depending on your community and what it will take to make help more accessible.

Stories by Alyssa Jeong Perry

South LA residents hope that Nipsey Hussle's death will heal the cyclical trauma of the streets.

Rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle ,33, was shot and killed on March 31 in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles.  Hussle leaves a big legacy in his community.  He contributed to schools and community organizations, started local businesses, and gave people a lot of hope — in an area of the city where there isn't always a lot of investment.

LAX passenger who traveled with measles raises concerns of possible outbreak

Measles making a comeback? Health experts say parents who refuse vaccinations for their children have opened the door for a disease once thought eliminated in the U.S.

LA immigrants are being scared away from the health care they need

Fear and confusion over a piece of immigration policy has some residents thinking they need to drop their health coverage.

LA immigrants are being scared away from the health care they need

Fear and confusion over an update to an immigration policy has some residents thinking they need to drop their health coverage.

Traditional therapy is not how some Thomas fire survivors are dealing with trauma

People affected by California's destructive and dangerous wildfires could face long-lasting psychological harm, like post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. However some wildfire victims, especially those who live in rural areas, find it hard to reach out for, or accept, mental health care.

The stress of battling massive wildfires can take a toll on firefighters

To help fire crews deal with the stress of fighting ever-more frequent and destructive wildfires, officials have set up a peer-support trailer in the middle of the Woolsey fire base camp.

Discrimination can hurt young children's mental health

Children as young as 7 years old who face discrimination are at a higher risk for anxiety and depression, according to a new study by UC Riverside and Clark University in Massachusetts.

Raising children with autism is hard, for Korean immigrants it's harder

Having a child with autism or a developmental disability can be tough. But for some immigrant communities, like Koreans, there's stigma attached to disabilities. And that makes it harder to get help.

LA County looks into beefing up mental health programs for first responders

Whether there’s a mass shooting, a large fire or a fatal car crash, first responders are there. That kind of job can lead to chronic stress and depression. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors asked the fire chief, sheriff's department and other agencies to reevaluate their current suicide and mental health programs with an eye towards improving them.

LA supes move closer to putting jail spending initiative on the ballot

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved one step closer Tuesday to placing an initiative on the 2020 ballot that would require the sheriff's civilian oversight commission to study whether the county could redirect the more than $2 billion budgeted for a new jail to programs designed to reduce the number of mentally ill inmates.

Life might be safer in LA for unaccompanied minors, but that doesn't mean it's better

Two Central American teenagers who journeyed to the U.S. alone share their mental health struggles after settling in Los Angeles.

Unaccompanied minors in LA face mental health challenges

Mental health experts say family separation can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and more. Immigrant children came to the U.S. illegally on their own and face mental health challenges.

A new mental health hotline starts for Orange County pediatricians

Pediatricians in Orange County can now pick up the phone to get help when treating their patients who suffer from mental illness. 

New study looks at African-American men with prostate cancer

African American men are much more likely to get prostate cancer and die from it than men of other races.   

Toxics agency says Exide cleanup is far from over

The head of the state Department of Toxic Substances Control says it will take two more years to finish removing lead from all of 2,500 properties near the old Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon.