HNN investigative mental health series receives prestigious national media award – Hawaii News Now

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The HNN Investigates series, “Hope for Hawaii Island,” has been awarded the 2024 Mental Health America (MHA) Media Award for the Broadcast category.

The series follows psychiatrist Dr. Chad Koyanagi and HNN investigative reporter Allyson Blair as they spotlight the increasing need for mental health support in local communities.

Koyanagi is the only psychiatrist in Hawaii who takes his practices outside the office onto the streets to help those who are homeless and suffering.

Data shows that Hawaii Island’s homeless population increased by 45% in just five years, and half that population is in desperate need of psychiatric services.


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Koyanagi travels from Oahu to Hawaii Island biweekly to lead Hawaii Island’s largest homeless service provider, Hope Services’ new psychiatric street medicine program.

Koyanagi and the street medicine team have treated countless patients over the last two decades. Prescribing psychiatric medication has allowed patients to regain control over their lives and move off the streets.

HNN’s investigative series dives into the team’s promising efforts to slowly improve the homeless mental health crisis.

The Mental Health America Conference recognizes impressive and informative media coverage that simultaneously breaks down mental health stereotypes and stigmas while raising awareness and educating the general public.

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