Mental Health Care

1:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

A Statewide Spotlight On Mental Health In Dallas

Mental health leaders talk about the future of mental health and disability services at the Dallas Sheraton. (From left) Danette Castle and Melissa Rowan of the Texas Council, Gary Jessee of the Health and Human Services Commission.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Hundreds of mental health specialists from across the state are gathered today in Downtown Dallas for the 28th Annual Texas Council of Mental Health Centers Conference.

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6:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Playing Matchmaker For Patients And Anti-Depressants

Cindy Johnson has battled depression since the 90s. She's tried half-a-dozen drugs and says the process has been exhausting. A few months ago she started a clinical study for an experimental drug and so far it’s helping.
Courtesy of Cindy Johnson

One of the toughest things about dealing with depression can be finding the right medication. It can take months, even years. As part of KERA’s Breakthroughs project, here’s a look at one woman’s struggle and the North Texas doctor who hopes to make the medication matching process less like trial and error.

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10:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

It's Women's Health Week - Find Out How The ACA Affects Women

For the 14th annual National Women's Health Week, the U.S. Department of Health is focusing on preventative care.

May 12th through May 18th is National Women’s Health Week. And it’s a good time to clarify how the Affordable Care Act impacts women.

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Texas News
6:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Searching For Better Health Services In Texas Prisons

The Dallas County Jail, at Commerce Street and Riverfront Blvd. is one of the largest county jails in the U.S.
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For years, sheriffs and disability rights groups have complained about the lack of treatment for the growing number of mentally ill inmates in Texas. Now, state legislators are considering a bill that would allow private companies to offer mental health services to inmates.

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2:06 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

A Glimpse Inside The ‘De Facto Asylums’ Of Texas

Texas spent $38.99 per capita on mental health care, making it 49th in the country for 2012. The Texas Tribune's Brandi Grissom says the dearth of spending on mental health resources has converted jails, emergency rooms and homeless shelters into "de facto asylums." Today she kicks off a series, called “Trouble in Mind,” about mental health in Texas’ criminal justice system. And tonight, KERA airs “Erasing the Stigma: Mental Illness and the Search for Solutions.” The public forum was presented by KERA, The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and will air at 7 pm on KERA-Channel 13.
This is Part One in a six-part series exploring the intersections of the mental health and criminal justice systems in Texas. It examines the case of Andre Thomas, a death row inmate who began exhibiting signs of mental illness as a boy and committed a brutal triple murder in 2004.
Texas News
2:11 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Forum Calls For Mental Illness Education, School Screening And More Money

KERA, the Dallas Morning News and Mayor Mike Rawlings presented a conversation about mental illness to a packed house at the City Performance Hall.
BJ Austin, KERA

Experts on mental illness did some myth-busting at last night’s public forum at the Dallas Performance Hall. The panelists were part of the discussion “Erasing the Stigma: Mental Illness and the Search for Solutions. 

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3:39 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

A LOOK BACK: 'Erasing The Stigma' Mental Illness Forum

Join moderator Lee Cullum of KERA’s CEO, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and a panel of distinguished leaders and thinkers for a discussion on this timely topic.

Why is there still such a stigma related to mental illness? How can the community work together to better identify and help young adults struggling with it?

That's the topic of the public forum "Erasing The Stigma: Mental Illness and the Search for Solutions."

Take a look back at our live blog. Audio will be available on KERA News soon; look for video later in the week. And KERA-Channel 13 will air an edited version of the forum on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

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2:18 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

5 Key Questions About Mental Illness

The majority of mental health disorders begin in childhood or adolescence – about 75 percent by age 24.

Two months ago, the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., shined a spotlight on two crucial issues: guns and mental health. Nationally, much of the attention has focused on gun laws and President Obama's call to strengthen them. But today, North Texas is focused on mental health -- and how to deal with mental illness. 

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Texas News
5:37 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Dallas Mayor Keys In On Mental Health, Domestic Violence

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says gun control is a federal or state function, and he wants to focus on what a city can do to help reduce violence on our streets, in our schools and homes.
BJ Austin, KERA

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings wants to change a culture of violence in the city. The mayor says he’s been wrestling with how to do that after last month's school shootings in Connecticut school shootings after last year's jump in domestic violence murders in Dallas. Step one: A Feb. 5 symposium on mental health co-sponsored by KERA and The Dallas Morning News.

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6:36 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Mental Health Care: Better Understanding, More Funding

Mental health care has become a topic of discussion after last week’s school shootings. Two North Texans working in the field are calling for a new attitude and more money.

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