Unjust Criminalization of Children with Mental Illness

September 19, 2017
Hosted by Dr. Carole Lieberman

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What happens to kids who are abused or neglected?They end up with mental illnesses, dropping out of school, sometimes in foster home placement, not getting the psychiatric treatment they need, and ending up in prison. Indeed a new study reveals that over half of the inmates in U.S. prisons have a mental illness with roots in childhood. Today's guests are proof! They urge society to wake up and start helping these kids when warning signs appear in elementary school. Kristina Kopic is an Advocacy Content Specialist at the Ruderman Family Foundation, who conducted this study. Tara Nuevelle shares her personal story, which illustrates this trajectory. She grew up in a severely abusive home. Her social worker, foster parents and many others were blind to her depression, anxiety and PTSD. She went on to become a victim of domestic violence, and ended up in prison. Now she's the Founder and CEO of Who Speaks For Me? an organization which educates the justice system about trauma.

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Dr. Carole Lieberman

Dr. Carole Lieberman

Dr. Carole Lieberman is the psychiatrist the world trusts for help coping with today's times. She is also the preeminent authority on the psychology of show biz and the psychological influence of media. A multiple Emmy award-winner, Dr. Lieberman has spent over a decade analyzing the psychological impact of world events, as a guest and host on all major media outlets. She has appeared on "Oprah", CNN, “Entertainment Tonight, “Good Morning America”, "The Today Show", “The O’Reilly Factor”, Court TV, the BBC, and numerous other high profile shows. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including those from the Writers Guild of America, City of Los Angeles and the Film Advisory Board. Dr. Carole's latest book, Coping with Terrorism: Dreams Interrupted, a psychological survival guide, has recently been released. She maintains a star-studded practice in Beverly Hills and is listed in numerous Who’s Who directories.

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