Mental Illness

3:46 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Vietnam Veteran Helps Tarrant County Adults And Children With Mental Illness

Michael Killam is program manager in Veterans Services at MHMR of Tarrant County.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

More than half a million Texas adults suffer from a serious and persistent mental illness. That’s why the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is traveling across Texas -- and stopped in Fort Worth this week to hear some powerful stories.

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4:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Think: Diagnosing Mental Illness

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How do you know if you’re going crazy? It may sound like a funny question, but it’s one that psychiatrists seriously consider every day.

Today on Think, Dr. Joel Gold talked about how he works through the possibility.

Gold says diagnosis is often a matter of perspective.

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12:59 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

On 'Think': How Does Criminal Justice System Address Mental Illness?

Author Pete Earley was a 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist for "Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness."

How are the courts and mental health service providers working to address mental illness in the criminal justice system?

That was the topic of today’s “Think” at 1 p.m. on KERA-FM, 90.1. “Think” host Krys Boyd discussed the issue with Pete Earley, author of “Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness” and Ron Stretcher, director of criminal justice for Dallas County

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1:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Gun Control: What Are You Willing To Give Up?

Chris Tucker, Commentator

Recent mass shootings have brought calls for new gun laws and other efforts to curb violence.  Commentator Chris Tucker says that one defining aspect of American culture will make such changes very difficult.

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Capitol Closeup
9:39 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Rep. Coleman Shares His Story Of Mental Illness, Encourages Others

Rep. Coleman talks with audience members following a mental health forum in Dallas on Feb. 5.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

  The battle to help mentally ill people is personal for one state legislator.  Representative Garnet Coleman, a Houston Democrat, has bipolar disorder.

This week he participated in a mental health forum, Erasing the Stigma, which was sponsored by KERA, The Dallas Morning News, and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

Then Rep. Coleman sat down to share his story.

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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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Texas News
9:52 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Erasing The Stigma: One Dallas Man's Success Story Living With Mental Illness

Juan Martinez, advocate for mental health, enjoys a steady job, playing music with his friends, and doing things that weren't possible several years ago because of his battle with bipolar disorder.
BJ Austin, KERA

Juan Martinez is a popular waiter at a busy restaurant. He's a friendly, professional and dependable. But the 34-year-old is living a different life from a few years ago, when bipolar disorder had him in a tailspin.

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Texas News
4:18 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Homeless Count Could Bring Funding To Tarrant County

Volunteers map out the areas they will canvas
Janine Khammash

Advocates in Tarrant County believe the homeless population may have decreased about two percent over the past two years.

Information they collected Thursday during the biennial count of homeless people could confirm that.

Some 550 volunteers canvassed alleys, vacant lots and parks asking homeless individuals a series of questions about employment, housing and healthcare.

Cindy Crain, Executive Director of the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition says the census is necessary to receive federal funding. 

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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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