Mental Health

Basim Blunt / WYSO

The students at STEM wanted to use Dayton Youth Radio training for community outreach. In this series we'll be listening to student produced PSA's or public service announcements that represent issues important to teenagers.

Kevin Barber aka Squishy Man is a former psychotherapist who now uses comedy to talk about mental health issues.  He’ll perform at the Little Art Theatre on May 14th. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the event is sponsored by NAMI Yellow Springs – the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

In a conversation with Squishy Man earlier this week we find out what his name means; he says, “I’m not fat, I’m Squishy,” and how he got it.

A NAMI event featured training scenarios based on real-life situations in which law enforcement interacts with people in mental health crises. police prisons
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio’s prison system has become the state’s largest mental health provider, and the state is hoping to work with advocates in the mental health community to figure out how to deal with that.

Director of Rehabilitation and Corrections Gary Mohr started in the prison system in 1976. He says in those almost 40 years, the growth in the number of inmates coming into the system with mental health issues has shocked him.

Ohio courts would have to report certain mental health information for inclusion in a law enforcement database under a bill headed to the governor.

The House passed the measure on a 92-0 vote Wednesday. The Senate previously passed the bill.

Courts would be required to report to law enforcement agencies those who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity, or people who have been convicted of a violent offense and ordered to get mental health treatment.

The bill is named after a sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot two years ago.

Last week, following a news conference to announce a new health insurance mandate on treating children with autism, Governor John Kasich also addressed 'mental health' and it's connection to violence.  He announced that five million dollars in new funding would be available to help Ohio families with intervention and counseling.  WYSO's Jerry Kenney has more on the story.
 

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for December 23, 2012 including the following stories:

- Emily McCord reports on "Dropoly," a joint initiative from the University of Dayton and Energize Clinton County to help residents save money.

- Jerry Kenney speaks with Kent Youngman, CEO of the Greene County Mental Health and Recovery Board, about substances abuse and mental health issues and awareness in the area.

- Two speeches from the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize: Adam Hochshild, the nonfiction winner, and fiction winner, Anderw Krivak.