Studies report that at least one in five children in the United States suffer some degree of poor mental health. In Mississippi alone, up to 35,000 children have severe and persistent mental health needs. Beginning September 25 at 7:30 p.m. and continuing each Friday through October 23, Southern Remedy examines the toll such needs take on our state and our society. A five-part series hosted by Rick deShazo and co-host Melissa Faith Payne, "Growing Pains: Mental Health and Mississippi's Children" profits parents, medical experts and other as they struggle courageously to come to grips with the problem in search of solutions.
According to Mental Health American, Mississippi lags far behind most other states with regard to the incidence of mental illness and access to care. Southern Remedy masterfully examines the issue from all sides, delicately exposing the emotional highs and lows suffered by many of Mississippi's children as well as their parents and families.
Watch the September premiere of Southern Remedy: "Growing Pains: Mental Health and Mississippi's Children," Friday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. - and stay tuned throughout October for the rest of the series.
All five episodes of this landmark Southern Remedy series will be available on the PBS video app and on MPB's YouTube channel.
Mississippi parents share their stories about the issues they face raising and caring for a child with mental illness. This documentary is a 30-minute version of the five-part series "Growing Pains: Mental Health and Mississippi's Children".