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Call Declined

12 EpisodesProduced by Lemonada MediaWebsite

In times of need, who do you turn to? What systems do you believe are there to catch you if you fall? Is there a way to interrupt generations of trauma and family violence? What might the world look like if we decriminalized mental illness, substance use disorder, and poverty?  Call Declined follows… read more

12 Episodes | 2022 - 2024

Introducing: Call For Help

July 14th, 2022


For decades, mental health has been criminalized and those in dire need of urgent support often don't receive it. Call For Help explores the gut-wrenching human stories that led to the new national 988 hotline for …

Call For Help (Official Trailer)

August 1st, 2022


988 is being promoted as a 24/7 national hotline to handle mental health emergencies. In theory, it could reimagine crisis response in America, …

Call for Help: The United States of Crisis

August 16th, 2022


For far too long, the United States has put mental healthcare on the back burner. Through enormous advocacy and the initiation and rollout of the 988 …

Call for Help: Mental Illness Is Not A Crime

August 23rd, 2022


In 2019, Taun Hall’s 18 year-old son, Miles, was in the midst of a mental health crisis in their affluent, suburban community of Walnut Creek, …

Call For Help: Someone to Call, Someone to Come, Somewhere to Go

August 30th, 2022


Last week, we saw what happens when a mental health emergency falls into the wrong hands. So what happens when a comprehensive system, run by well-trained mental health staff, is in place? Today, Stephanie visits a …

Call For Help: In 988 We Trust?

September 6th, 2022


Stigma is one of 988’s biggest hurdles. The other is widespread fear of first responders that has increased with every report of another police …

Call Declined (Official Trailer)

November 13th, 2023


Call Declined follows the story of two talented artists, Kamisha Thomas and Aimee Wissman, whose lives became intertwined in prison after the systems …

Call Declined: Imaginary Resources

November 27th, 2023


Kamisha Thomas and Aimee Wissman are extraordinary–they are brilliant artists and the founders of The Returning Artists Guild, a non-profit organization that supports artists that have been in prison and some who are …

Call Declined: Life in Prison

December 4th, 2023


Why is it important to learn about prison from people who have been directly impacted? Well, in this episode, Aimee and Kamisha share their own stories about incarceration – and what they tell us reveals a lot about …

Call Declined: Getting Out

December 11th, 2023


Leaving prison can be overwhelming. The need to navigate societal and technological changes, rebuild relationships, find employment, and find housing …

Call Declined: Answering the Call

December 18th, 2023


Starting a non-profit is a challenging and confusing process that also, sometimes, includes joyful shenanigans. In this episode, we get a …


February 22nd, 2024


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