Illinois Public Media News

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



NPR - Illinois Public Media News - December 04, 2013

Rule Spells Out How Insurers Must Cover Mental Health Care

This story was reported in partnership with Kaiser Health News

By Michelle Andrews

Insurance plans that offer mental health benefits have to keep them in line with the coverage for medical care.

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires health plans that offer benefits for mental health and substance use to cover them to the same extent that they cover medical and surgical care.


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - August 02, 2013

A Mother And Son Live, And Cope, With Mental Illness

By StoryCorps

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(Duration: 3:44)

Liza Long's son struggles with rage and violent outbursts.

One day after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., last December, Liza Long wrote a blog post urging the country to focus on treatment for the nation's mentally ill youth. In it, she shared the story of her own son, "Michael" (not his real name). "I live with a son who is mentally ill," she wrote for The Blue Review.

Categories: Health, Mental Health



NPR - Illinois Public Media News - May 20, 2013

Psychological Toll of Banning Same-Sex Marriage

By Shankar Vedantam

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(Duration: 4:31)

same-sex marriage protest

As the country awaits two important Supreme Court decisions involving state laws on same-sex marriage, a small but consistent body of research suggests that laws that ban same-sex marriage — or approve it — can affect the mental health of gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans.



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