(Pictured above: Republican Congressman Tim Murphy)
This week Congress is expected to vote on a bill that could weaken or eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s mental health care protections. Perhaps that’s what makes CBS News‘ new online five-part series about mental health in America so timely.
State of Mind debuted Wednesday, May 3, and will premiere new episodes every Wednesday in May to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month. The series addresses, among other challenges, how difficult it can be for military veterans and members of minority communities to access mental health care, as well as new and unconventional treatments.
State of Mind includes commentary from experts across the social, medical and political spectrum, including Dr. David Shulkin, Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs; Republican Congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania; former Democratic Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy; and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Powers, whose book, No One Cares About Crazy People, reveals the struggles of his two schizophrenic sons while providing a broader indictment of the way the mentally ill are treated in America.
Kennedy, the youngest child of the late Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy, has also written a book on mental health and addiction, and the lack of political will to address the issue. “The only answer for why we have no resources to put against such an enormous problem is because of the stigma,” Kennedy said.
You can watch the first episode of State of Mind here:
State of Mind is the first installment of CBS Evening News – Uncharted, a “digital-first” program covering American culture, science, the arts and other trending topics featuring interviews and analysis “from key experts and newsmakers.”
“It’s important we make a concerted effort to bring to the forefront issues that matter deeply to Americans but sometimes go underreported, said Steve Capus, executive editor of CBS News and executive producer of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. “That’s why we are calling this ‘uncharted,’ as we provide depth, context, analysis and detailed discussions on several key topics.”
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