Batsh*t Crazy: The Creator of Wakefield Draws On Her Own Experience For Psych Ward Drama

A streaming series set in an Australian psychiatric ward explores mental health with humor, compassion, and insider insight. Created by screenwriter Kristen Dunphy, the drama won over Aussie critics and premieres on Showtime on October 18 at 9 pm ET/PT.

Wakefield was never going to be an easy sell. An intense drama unfolding in a mental institution would be tough for anyone to market, but for Australian screenwriter Kristen Dunphy, it was especially fraught. Dunphy had spent decades struggling with severe depression and a panic disorder, leading to several long-term stays at psychiatric facilities. Despite her first-hand experience – and an award-winning career writing scripts for popular Aussie dramas — producers were reluctant to green-light a series set in a psych ward. Dunphy learned early on that to gain traction for the show, she needed to use what she calls…

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The Kids Are Not Alright

But this Tennessee school aims to change that and stem the tide of student mental health challenges after months of stress, isolation and loss.

A group of masked fourth graders at Fall-Hamilton elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee sits in a circle on colorful yoga mats. Hands stretched across bellies, eyes closed, they are breathing deeply in quiet calm when teacher Kara Kennard breaks the silence. “Time for Mountain Pose!” she says. The children leap to life in their socked feet, stretching their hands down by their sides.   “I am confident. I am proud!” they chant together.   After yoga, students pass around the “breathing ball.” When the students catch it, they take a breath, exhale and give a name to how they’re feeling.  When she…

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Welcome to MindSite News

A new, editorially independent, digital publication focused on mental health, resilience and recovery The U.S. and much of the world is in the midst of a deepening and poorly understood mental health crisis – a crisis that was festering long before the COVID-19 pandemic. The enormous increase in mental and psychological suffering during the pandemic…

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Beltway Update: Mental Health Funding at Stake in Democrats’ Budget Battle

As everyone paying attention knows, Congress is locked in an epic battle over the scale and shape of the so-called “human infrastructure” bill that contains the bulk of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda. You probably also know that in the meantime, House progressives have forced a delay in voting on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework…

Can Income Reduce Mental Illness?

In 2019, Stockton, California Mayor Michael Tubbs started a guaranteed income experiment, giving $500 a month to randomly selected residents. The stipend improved participants’ job prospects and financial stability — and reduced their depression and anxiety. For 18 months, from February 2019 through most of the pandemic’s first year, Tomás Vargas was part of an…


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The 9-8-8 Crisis Hotline is Coming. Will States Answer the Call?

Advocates see a chance to transform mental health crisis services. But with deadlines looming, so is a fight with the telecom industry. It’s 12 pm EST, and almost 300 people are gathered for a weekly Wednesday video call. The number “988” is displayed prominently on the screen. Unlike most weekly meetings, there’s an intensity to…

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The Lockdown Inside the Lockdown

COVID-19 and severe isolation have created a mental health crisis for incarcerated youth Pandemic precautions have touched off an invisible mental health crisis inside the juvenile detention facilities that house about 44,000 young people nationwide.  With family visits canceled, rehabilitation programming curtailed and juveniles locked in their rooms for days, young people and their advocates describe an…

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