In December, Patients at Risk aired two podcasts in which we discussed the case of Gerald “Jay” Baltz, a psychiatric nurse practitioner who was under investigation by the California board of nursing for engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship and providing questionable treatment to a patient who subsequently took her own life.
While we did not provide any identifying details at that time other than what was included in public documents, since the time of that recording, friends and family members have come forward to identify the patient as Stevie Ryan, a Hollywood comedienne and YouTube sensation who seemed to be on the verge of stardom when her life came to a tragic end at the age of just 33 years old.
We are joined today by Yuni Kim, Stevie Ryan’s close friend and confidant, to discuss mental health issues and care provided by different types of mental health clinicians. Yuni previously shared this information with the LA Times as discussed in this article: https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-04-01/stevie-ryan-death-nurse-practitioner
If you are having concerns about mental health, help is available. Please call the suicide prevention lifeline at 800-273-8255.
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