mental health

  • mentalillness_india
    September 10, 2014  

    In India, about 100 million people are believed to suffer common mental disorders and millions more have more severe illnesses. With just 5,000 psychiatrists in the country, faith healers have filled the gap. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on how health professionals have joined forces with faith healers to combine medicine with ritual and prayer. Continue reading

  • File photo of U.S. Supreme Court by Alex Wong/Getty Images
    May 27, 2014   BY  

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that states must look beyond an intelligence test score in borderline cases of mental disability to determine whether a death row inmate is eligible to be executed.

    The justices said in a 5-4 decision that Florida and a handful of other states cannot rely solely on an IQ score above 70 to bar an inmate from claiming mental disability. Justice Anthony Kennedy said for the court that IQ tests have a margin of error and that inmates whose scores fall within the margin must be allowed to present other evidence of mental disability. Continue reading

  • liberia
    March 24, 2014  

    After 14 years of civil war, more than 40 percent of Liberians suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. But most have nowhere to turn; the cash-strapped West African nation has only one psychiatrist for 4 million people. Special correspondent Molly Knight Raskin reports on one man’s devotion to healing these national psychological scars. Video shot by Ben Niles of Plow Productions Continue reading

  • Afghanistan U.S. Army
    February 23, 2014  

    Nearly one thousand veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder each week. A recent report from the Institute of Medicine found that few of the military programs for preventing mental illness have been tested or proven effective. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with USA Today’s Gregg Zoroya about the report’s findings. Continue reading

  • newswrap
    January 3, 2014  

    In our news wrap Friday, a major winter storm that dumped massive amounts of snow especially in the Midwest has tapered off, but subzero temperatures continue to chill the Northeast. Also, the Obama administration announced two executive actions on background checks for gun buyers. Continue reading

  • weapons
    December 16, 2013  

    One year after the Sandy Hook tragedy, violent acts like the latest shooting at a Colorado high school remind the nation that the gun debate is not over. Gwen Ifill looks at efforts to curb violence in the U.S. with Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman of the American Psychiatric Association and Paul Barrett of Bloomberg Businessweek. Continue reading

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    Minneapolis photographer Jenn Ackerman spent months in the Correctional Psychiatric Treatment Unit (CPTU) of the Kentucky State Reformatory to learn about the experiences of prisoners with mental illness. Continue reading

  • June 3, 2013  

    In other news Monday, a judge deemed Army Maj. Nidal Hasan competent to represent himself at his trial for the 2009 deadly shootings at Fort Hood. Also, a fire at a poultry plant in China killed at least 119 people. Survivors reported that only one exit was unlocked. Continue reading

  • March 28, 2013  

    Activists, families and politicians made appeals for new laws to curb gun violence on a National Day to Demand Action. Judy Woodruff talks to Sean Holstege of the Arizona Republic and Ray Rivera of the New York Times about developments in the high-profile mass shooting cases in Tucson, Ariz., Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. Continue reading

  • February 22, 2013  

    So far in the first two months of this year, gun deaths in Chicago have already outpaced last year’s explosive rate. Elizabeth Brackett of PBS member station WTTW explores the escalating public health crisis in Chicago due to the high rates of gun violence. Continue reading

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