April 2018

April 2018 Research Roundup

DATAPOINT of the Month

9.5 million adults have serious thoughts of suicide

Suicide is a major public health concern in the United States and individuals with serious mental illness are disproportionately affected. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 9.5 million adults have serious thoughts of suicide in any given year, 2.7 million make a suicide plan and 1.3 million attempt suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 44,000 deaths in 2015 were a result of a suicide.

RESEARCH of the Month

Increased mortality in individuals with serious mental...read more

Two brothers did 31 years for someone else’s crime. Then things went bad.

04-10-2018 -- Henry Lee McCollum, seated, and his half-brother, Leon Brown, were released  prison after DNA evidence exonerated them in the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl Travis Dove for The New York Times 

In 2015, the state of North Carolina paid $750,000 to Henry McCollum to compensate for the 30 years the innocent man spent on death row.

Seven months later, he was broke. McCollum, who is intellectually disabled, then began borrowing money at 38 percent interest. He kept his financial plight hidden from friends and supporters from his death row years.

But in th...read more

CategoryArts and Culture
Age16
HometownHackensack, N.J.
EducationManhattan School of Music, Emerson Junior-Senior High School

It’s hard to not compare musical prodigy Matthew Whitaker to legendary musician Stevie Wonder. Matthew, who taught Image of Matthew Whitakerhimself to play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” at just 3 years old and plays the piano effortlessly and with so much soul, is also blind.

“I don’t let my blindness stop ...read more