Out of the Shadows

Series produced by WBEZ

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A new series investigating mental illness in youth.

In recent years, WBEZ has explored in-depth the challenges and obstacles facing youth having a hard time 'making it'. As our award-winning series "Fifty-Fifty" and "Inside and Out" found, some troubled kids end up dropping out of school; others end up in trouble with the law. In both cases, mental illness is often the reason many young people fail to succeed. Our new series, Out of the Shadows, explores the fractures in mental health care for children in Illinois - and how it affects our youth.


12 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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A teenage girl describes how her mental illness effects her relationship.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 28, 2011
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ana is in her early twenties and is living at a facility run by Thresholds: the largest mental health agency in Illinois.
People between the ages of 18 and 25 are the most likely of any age group to experience mental illness. They’re also the least likely age group to ...

Bought by WABE, PRX Remix, KPVL, KSFR, and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 28, 2011
  • Length: 09:23
  • Purchases: 5
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A reporter shadows a teacher in Lakeshore Hospital's psychiatric ward.

Bought by WABE, KPVL, and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 28, 2011
  • Length: 05:17
  • Purchases: 3
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How a family's effort to provide for their mentally ill child turns into a custody battle with the state.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 28, 2011
  • Length: 07:29
  • Purchases: 1
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How a child's mental illness forces a family to celebrate birthdays and take vacations separately in order to stay together.

Bought by WABE, KPVL, and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 28, 2011
  • Length: 07:38
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Joey's family works together to provide a support network for the bipolar teen.
A family reshapes itself to accommodate their mentally ill son.

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Oct 28, 2011
  • Length: 12:13
  • Purchases: 1
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According to the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 15 percent of Latino youth in the Unit...

Bought by KZYX and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 28, 2011
  • Length: 11:02
  • Purchases: 2
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Straight or gay, coming to terms with one's sexuality is one of the biggest hurdles a teenager crosses. Transgendered people often face ridicule th...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2011
  • Length: 19:29
Caption: Julian's mother found help through a little-known and hard to obtain solution.
When a mentally ill child becomes unmanageable at home, his mother digs deep into the system to find state funding that will pay for his residentia...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Oct 28, 2011
  • Length: 11:46
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Officer Julie Joyce is often a first-responder to mentally ill children, Credit: Courtesy of Julie Joyce
Exploring how first responders often have a say in the futures of mentally ill kids.

Bought by KZYX, WAMC, and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 28, 2011
  • Length: 09:02
  • Purchases: 3
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Bipolar children and their families talk about their experiences with the disorder; doctors talk about how and why Bipolar diagnoses have increased...

Bought by WABE and KZYX


  • Added: Oct 28, 2011
  • Length: 08:07
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Nykea and Artie McGriff have struggled with Chicago Public Schools to provide adequate education for their son, Arthur.
A closer look at how, despite grant funding, many kids are still slipping through the cracks.

Bought by KPVL and KZYX


  • Added: Oct 28, 2011
  • Length: 05:52
  • Purchases: 2