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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - May 16, 2014

U Of I Mental Health Program Aims To Address Needs Of Latinos

This story was reported as part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

By Amanda Tugade

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(Duration: 4:52)

Getting access to mental health care while away at college can be a challenge for many students. Research shows that’s especially true among Latinos on college campuses. 

Categories: Mental Health

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - May 16, 2014

Living with Mental Illness in Central Illinois: A WILL News Special

This story was reported as part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

By Illinois Public Media News

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(Duration: 51:55)

In this hour-long program on mental illness, Illinois Public Media reporters look at some of the barriers to accessing regular care, efforts to improve mental health care for children and college students, and the ongoing battle against stigma.

Categories: Community, Mental Health

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - May 08, 2014

Mental Health 101: Program Helps Police Intervene In Crises

By Jeff Cohen

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(Duration: 4:58)

A police officer stands outside the entrance to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 15, 2012.

How do you tell the difference between someone who needs to be taken to jail and someone who needs to be taken to the hospital? It can be a delicate situation to decipher, and it's been a big concern in Connecticut since the Newtown shootings of 2012.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 17, 2014

Finding Help For Children With Mental Illness

This story was reported as part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

By Sean Powers

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(Duration: 7:33)

A picture drawn by Andrew about four years ago after he was diagnosed with a mental illness. His mom, Violet, says this was how he felt at the time, as being in turmoil.

Federal data shows that a smaller percentage of children in the state in need of mental health care get it compared to the national average. Health care professionals say part of the reason for that is a lack of resources, and parents not knowing where to turn for help.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 17, 2014

“That was the saddest moment of my life…being told I’m not capable of working.”

Ann and Robert Russell of Champaign interviewed each other about living with Robert’s mental illness as a part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

By Sean Powers and Lindsey Moon

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(Duration: 4:11)

Ann and Robert Russell in 1972 after he returned home from Vietnam.

Robert Russell enlisted in the Army shortly after starting college at the University of Illinois in the late 1960’s because he needed the money. A few years later, when he was home on leave from Berlin, Germany, he met his wife Ann on a blind date. After just a few evenings together, they decided to marry, and have stayed married for the last 42 years. 

Categories: Health, Mental Health

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 11, 2014

Refusing To Give In To Mental Health Stigma

This story was reported as part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

By Sean Powers

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(Duration: 4:04)

Rich and Holly Brandt at their home in St. Joseph, Ill.

Rich and Holly Brandt are a married couple in the Champaign County town of St. Joseph. Both were diagnosed with a mental illness. They dedicate their lives to raising awareness, and they refuse to give in to stigma or labels.

Categories: Community, Mental Health

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 10, 2014

Ending The 6 Month Wait To See A Psychiatrist

This story was reported as part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

By Sean Powers

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(Duration: 9:58)

Mason District Hospital in Havana, Ill. uses telepsychiatry for both children and adults since the hospital has struggled to recruit psychiatrists to the area.

According to federal labor statistics, there are more psychiatrists working in Illinois than most states, with the bulk of that service concentrated in the Chicagoland area. But mental health providers say there are major gaps in service across Illinois, especially downstate. 

Categories: Mental Health

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 10, 2014

“I try not to give my illness any ownership over me”

Zach and Debra Medlyn of Champaign interviewed each other about living with Zach’s mental illness as a part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

By Sean Powers and Lindsey Moon

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(Duration: 3:40)

Debra and Zach Medlyn

Zach Medlyn of Champaign was 20 years old when he started hearing the voices. That was about seven years ago when he was a student at the University of Illinois. He started showing signs of depression when he was 18 and was diagnosed with schizophrenia during college.

Categories: Health, Mental Health

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 03, 2014

“They stripped her naked and made her walk back”

Mona Fortner talks about caring for her schizophrenic mother as a part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with Mental Illness in Central Illinois."

By Sean Powers and Lindsey Moon

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(Duration: 4:30)

Mona Fornter (right) with her mother, Margaret Freeman, in June of 2011. Mona's brother Emmitt is pictured left.

Mona Fortner talks about caring for her schizophrenic mother as a part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with Mental Illness in Central Illinois.”

Categories: Health, Mental Health

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