Joey Ramp and her ex-husband in WILL's studios.
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mentalhealth - April 25, 2014

Unmet Needs: “Folk Wisdom” about health perpetuates stereotypes

Joey Ramp gets uncomfortable in large crowds of people. New places also make her uneasy. It’s her service dog, Theo, and her highly regimented schedule that helps her handle her anxiety and cope with her post-traumatic stress disorder. Theo is always with her, and since her disability isn’t visible, she says people are curious. Sometimes they ask; sometimes they don’t. “Most often, when people ask and I say I have PTSD, people want to thank me for my service.”

That makes it awkward for Ramp to explain that she never served in the military.

Ann and Robert Russell in 1972 after he returned home from Vietnam.
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mentalhealth - April 17, 2014

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

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. 

mentalhealth - April 14, 2014

Unmet Needs: three things we learned during our #WILLchat on Twitter

As a part of our series exploring difficulties in accessing mental health care in central Illinois, we convened what we hope is the first of many Twitterchats with WILL’s newsroom Friday morning. 

We wanted to talk with you to find out if we are accurately characterizing problems with stigma through our reporting and wanted to find out more about the problems you and others in the area are having trying to find care. Sean Powers, and I learned a lot

Rich and Holly Brandt at their home in St. Joseph, Ill.
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mentalhealth - April 11, 2014

Refusing To Give In To Mental Health Stigma

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.

mentalhealth - April 11, 2014

Unmet Needs: Look onscreen, the doctor will see you now

In many places in Illinois, providers are looking to telemedicine to expand access to psychiatric care. Friday on Focus, we take a look at the nuances of treating patients via a computer screen as a part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

Mason District Hospital in Havana, Ill. uses telepsychiatry for both children and adults since the hospital has struggled to recruit psychiatrists to the area.
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mentalhealth - April 10, 2014

Ending The 6 Month Wait To See A Psychiatrist

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. 

Debra and Zach Medlyn
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mentalhealth - April 10, 2014

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

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.

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