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Mental Illness

Dominique Maria Bonessi

Elizabeth Wexler stands at a chalkboard at the Baltimore City Police Training Academy while 50 cadets look on. She draws a large "T" and asks the class to say what comes to mind when they think of mental health.

Courtesy B'More Clubhouse website

For Tanya Phillips, mental illness made it hard for her to work or to be around others. Then she connected with B’More Clubhouse, a community that focused on her strengths, not her diagnosis. We speak with Tanya, and B’More Clubhouse executive director Jason Woody, about the work the non-profit does to support individuals with mental illness by  allowing them to check their diagnosis at the door, and instead concentrate on building community and developing skills. 

Mental Illness in Prisons and Jails

Apr 18, 2014
Tony Hammond / Flickr / Creative Commons

It’s estimated that there are about 4,000 people in Maryland prisons with a diagnosable mental illness. A new, controversial report from the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sherriff’s Association has drawn attention to those inmates and how they get treatment.