Health/Science
7:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Study Up For 'Think': Erasing The Stigma Of Mental Illness

Bipolar disorder. Schizophrenia. Depression. These terms carry associations that are far from true. How will we set the record straight on these illnesses and steer people who struggle with them toward treatment? Before tonight's mental health forum at City Performance Hall, a special hour of Think explores how these issues manifest in North Texas at noon.

Host Krys Boyd will talk with Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas; Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Commissioner Theresa Daniel, and Grant Halliburton Foundation Board Member Clayton McCleskey.

Before debating solutions in the social, clinical and legislative realms, we must first see the ugliness of the problem. Jeneen Interlandi watched her father slip into psychosis related to bipolar disorder. She wrote an essay about it for The New York Times. It was bad enough to be thrust into the erratic emotional turmoil that comes with a family member's illness. But Interlandi also became familiar with the triangle of police, inpatient treatment and state funding specs that throw recovery out of focus. Her story's end suggests hope for those who suffer. How can North Texas leaders help families get there safely?

Listen to Think from noon to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on KERA 90.1 or stream the show at kera.org.