Safety Nets: Mental Illness

OnQ's Michael Bartley takes a closer look at local services for people suffering from mental illness. Featured in the report: a man from McKeesport who is bipolar and often attempted suicide before getting life-saving help and ongoing assistance at Mon-Yough Community Services.

Safety Nets: Mental Illness aired on Oct 08, 2009.


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In the early 1900s, photographer Leo Beachy took captivating images of life in Western Maryland, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, but most of his glass plate negatives were destroyed in 1927. In recent years, Beachy's niece, Maxine Broadwater, recovered 2,700 negatives and is working to bring her uncle's remarkable legacy back to life. See also: the WQED documentary Leo Beachy: A Legacy Nearly Lost from writer/producer David Solomon, videographer/editor: Paul Ruggieri.


It may be the answer to the needs of an energy-hungry nation, but it's a different story for people who live close to drilling sites - especially those who rely on well water to drink, bathe and water gardens. OnQ's Chris Moore talks with some of those property owners in this report which examines the promise and heartbreak of Marcellus Shale drilling.


A field of dreams has become a reality for thousands of families in Western Pennsylvania at a brand new sports complex in Cranberry Township that includes a baseball stadium designed for children with special needs. There are nearly 100,000 children in the Pittsburgh region identified as having special needs. This sparkling new baseball field will allow these children to play America's favorite pastime without boundaries. OnQ contributor Mike Clark attended the emotional opening day festivities, as many children stepped up to the plate for the first time.


The Neighborhood of Make-Believe is back for an open house at WQED. OnQ takes viewers behind the scenes as the set was rebuilt for a public showing.


This week the gang discusses the sexual assault allegations against quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the dismissal of charges against student Jordan Miles, and more health care.


In January, OnQ entered its tenth season as WQED's flagship news magazine broadcast. Throughout 2009, you'll see special reports that show how OnQ evolved into a multiple Emmy-winning program, spawning documentaries, town hall meetings, special series, and music specials. This episode spotlights the impressive stable of contributors who've brought their talent to OnQ viewers.


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