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Mental Health

In 2013, shortly after the Newtown shootings, KERA launched a project called "Erasing the Stigma" with the Dallas Morning News and the Dallas mayor's office. It was the beginning of a years-long focus on mental health, which continues today. The coverage stretches from Sam Baker's weekly series Vital Signs to Lauren Silverman's "Breakthroughs" coverage of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth's efforts to lure mental health providers to rural clinics, to a Friday Conversation with Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk shortly after her return from hospitalization for depression. 

KERA's mental health coverage is funded in part by the Hersh Foundation.

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Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk is finishing her first full week back at work after spending more than two months in a residential treatment center in Houston.

Texas Lawmakers Zero In On Jail Standards, Mental Health

Sep 22, 2015
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To the better-known name of Sandra Bland — whose death by apparent suicide in the Waller County Jail this summer sparked national outrage — state Sen. John Whitmire on Tuesday linked three others:

In her third year of medical school, Karen Duong found herself on the other side of Texas. She had driven 12 hours north from where she grew up on the Gulf Coast to a panhandle town called Hereford.

"Hereford is known for being the beef capital of the world," she says, laughing. "There's definitely more cows than people out there."

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Imagine trusting a stranger to make your financial decisions. For some North Texans, that’s the best possible reality.

The “representative payee program” helps mentally ill adults manage Social Security benefits. It helps people pay their bills. And when done right, it builds a bond between volunteers and vulnerable citizens.

Timberlawn Mental Health System

One of the state’s oldest residential treatment centers for people with mental illness could lose its federal funding on Tuesday. Timberlawn Mental Health System, a Pennsylvania-based chain that’s been in Dallas since 1917, is in trouble with regulators for violating patient care and safety.

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A study released in the journal Circulation found young and middle-aged women can have a harder time in various ways recovering from a heart attack than men. The study also found the poorer recovery was due in part to greater stress among women.

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State lawmakers are poised to consider scrapping the longtime pilot program NorthSTAR, which provides mental health care to lower income residents in seven North Texas counties.

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While psychopaths reportedly make up about 1 percent of the country, they occupy nearly 4 percent of its management positions. These figures are part of a study co-authored by Craig Neumann, a professor of psychology at the University of North Texas. He talks about what this means, and how it could affect the workplace.

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The state moves forward today on a project to improve mental health services for veterans.

Tarrant County Legal Clinic Helps Veterans

Nov 25, 2014
Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

For the last four years, thousands of volunteer attorneys in Texas have provided free legal services to more than 13,000 low-income veterans and their spouses.

The Tarrant County chapter of the non-profit Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans has served more than 1500 veterans. And the demand has increased by 25 percent since it started in 2010.  

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