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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

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“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 09, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Masks Required For Hearing on TB Patient

By Jim Meadows

The conference room of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will become a courtroom on Friday, April 11th, and all attending will be required to wear masks to avoid infection. A Champaign County judge will consider a request from health officials to enforce a quarantine places on an allegedly uncooperative TB patient.

Categories: Health


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