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Unmet Needs: Living with Mental Illness in Central Illinois

An Illinois Public Media News series beginning April 10.

Holly Brandt

Holly Brandt

On Thursday, April 10, Illinois Public Media News begins a series of reports on air and online about the challenges of living with mental illness in our region. Over the course of the following few weeks, we’ll hear the stories of a mother and her son who is living with schizophreia, a couple living with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and many more.

  • At 6:40 and 8:40 am Thursday, April 10, during Morning Edition, we’ll hear a report from WILL’s Sean Powers, who investigates some of the reasons many patients are waiting up to six months to get a first time appointment with a psychiatrist.
  • At 6:40 am and 8:40 am on Friday, April 11, Sean talks to Holly and Rich Brandt of St. Joseph about their life together coping with diagnoses of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Live at 10 am on Friday, April 11, WILL’s Focus will look at what some hospitals are doing to try and shorten those wait times and provide better care, including using telemedicine where patients talk to a doctor they see and hear on a monitor.

The series continues at 6:40 and 8:40 am on Thursday, April 17 and 24. And, each week during Here and Now, we'll hear oral histories from those living with mental illness and their loves ones. Tune in at 12:45 pm or listen and read about their stories online.

During the next few weeks, we’re also interested in hearing what you have to say about mental illness in central Illinois. We’ll be hosting a twitter chat Friday, April 11, at 11 am. Tweet us #WILLchat.