Struggles of Families and Mentally Ill Adults



The stories about people who are mentally ill and struggling to cope, often with their families at their sides, are common. Last week, we heard that the suspect in the downtown stabbings, John W. Mallett, is mentally ill and off his medication. His father told The Columbus Dispatch that they had tried to get help from the courts and mental health system, but that they said they couldn’t help until he did something. Last week, he did something… And now, his father said, it’s too late. On this hour of “All Sides,” we’ll learn more about the disconnect in services for people who are mentally ill and maybe dangerous to themselves or others.


  • Marcia Knapp (mother of mentally ill son)
  • Dr. Michael Unger (M.D., Medical Director, Concord Counseling Services)
  • Pete Earley (journalist and author)
  • Mike Miller (defense attorney for mentally ill client)

Join The Conversation

  • Barbara

    Your Monday broadcast about mental illness and crime was so important. I have found that NAMI ( National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) is a great resource for family members and people suffering from mental illness. They advocate, offer free classes, and support groups. I hope Ann would devote some time to a discussion with some of their members of the Franklin County group. It would be a great follow-up to Monday’s discussion.

  • Mchory

    My son is mentally ill and sees Dr. Unger in Westerville.  We feel that he is so connected with his patients and has so much insight in order to help them. So much more needs to be done with mental illness.  There are so many people out there that need help. Our society needs to take notice and put more money and funding into these problems. I would like to see people care and make it a priority to get more information and housing efforts made available.  Families share most of the burden because of so little available. I hope the efforts increase in the future.