National mental health leaders are hosting a conference in Miami this weekend aimed at stopping the stigma surrounding mental illness.
One in four Americans is affected by mental illness and the stigma attached to it is huge. That’s nearly 1-point-5 million Americans in South Florida alone. Many don’t seek the help they need for years, even decades, out of fear for being labeled. A South Florida businessman, who founded the nonprofit charity “Ride to Awareness”, is doing something about that, one mile at a time. We focus on what “Ride to Awareness” is about, and how you can get involved.
The state’s Department of Correction plans to implement a number of changes after reports of abuse of inmates with mental illness surfaced.
The 21-year-old accused of a double murder in a SW Miami-Dade home said, according to police, he wanted to kill the male victim because he believed he “was the devil.”
In advance of the commission’s upcoming annual conference in Deerfield Beach, which draws leading researchers and law enforcement from across the country, we discuss the latest research and scientific data on addressing and realizing addiction and mental illness. Specifically, how faking mental illness impacts on law enforcement, addressing the growing needs and dangers of addiction, and the role of states in overcoming addiction.
Almost all health insurance policies are now required to cover mental illness care under the Affordable Care Act.
In many cases, mental illness is tied to a crisis in mental healthcare. In her months-long CBS4 investigation Michele tracked the stories of families who have reached out to help. Some of their pleas went unanswered. We focus on a pioneering organization here in South Florida that works with men and women suffering from mental illness.
Across the nation, mental illness is page one. It’s mayhem all too personal for some South Florida families.
The entire half hour of this week’s “Focus on South Florida” showcases the latest developments in CBS4 Chief Investigator Michele Gillen’s expose of the 9th floor of the Dade County jail, the so-called “forgotten floor”, where inmates suffering from mental illness are housed.
The Florida Legislature is trying to clean up the mess left by Congress with a bill seeking to keep guns away from people with mental illnesses.