| Sep 22, 2013
The breathtaking, disturbing, monumental artwork and writings of Henry Darger (1892-1973), a previously unknown and reclusive Chicago hospital janitor, were found shortly after he moved out of his apartment and into a nursing home. The works detail a...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 11:30 AM
During the past two years our nation has witnessed horrible gun violence by people with mental illnesses. These shootings have forever linked mental illness and violence in the minds of many Americans.
Yet most mentally ill people who are arrested are...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 2:07 PM
Glen Ellyn police are questioning a man in connection to the death of a 33-year-old Wheaton woman found buried in a shallow grave in a local park, police said late Monday.
Following a missing person report in Wheaton, police in neighboring Glen Ellyn...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 5:23 AM
When I returned to my childhood home, I discovered 300 family Civil War letters. I have transcribed them, but nothing more.
Not so Kathy Leichter. The Cornell graduate and daughter of former New York State senator Franz Leichter left Pittsburgh's public...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 6:33 PM
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart warned about the dangers of sending mentally ill people to jail in a nationally televised Sunday interview.
Dart, appearing on the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes," called jails and prisons "the new insane asylums" and said...
| Jul 20, 2013
| 4:25 PM
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has no medical background, but he is the de facto administrator of what he calls "the nation's largest mental hospital."
"This is the system," he said, drawing a box on a piece of paper in his Monterey Park office last week....
| Aug 9, 2013
On the morning of July 8, a psychology professor and department chair at a small Midwestern university received an email signed "Ann Marie Ludlow."
She wrote that she was planning to continue her long-abandoned undergraduate course work in psychology...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 12:40 PM
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Advocacy groups on Thursday filed a class-action federal lawsuit against Contra Costa County's juvenile hall, alleging that some youths with disabilities are being denied educational services and held in solitary confinement for 23...
| Aug 7, 2013
At nine prisons across California, more than 500 inmates continuing a hunger strike they began July 8 to protest what they call cruel and inhumane conditions, and this action — the third hunger strike in two years — must surely lead many...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 4:57 PM
A Howard County man confined to a state psychiatric hospital since he killed his mother and a teenage girl in the family's home a dozen years ago may have a chance for a conditional release after the state's top court ruled the decision to keep him at...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 1:13 PM
As president of the Mental Health Association of Central Florida, Candy Crawford spends a lot of time trying to dispel the common myths about mental illness.
It's an uphill battle.
So when she tuned in her favorite national news anchor Thursday --...