childhood mental illness stigma

After two school shootings last year, lawmakers named mental health services in schools a top priority. Many schools across the state say they need more: more counselors, therapists, funding and support.

A 12-year-old boy named Strazh hangs from the monkey bars, staring at the ground. The other kids in the park in San Francisco aren't interested in him. And he's not interested in them.

"I just like to play by myself," he says.

Strazh has autism. Today is a good day. But on most others, Strazh has meltdowns. Something frustrates him and he can't control his emotions.

"I sometimes end up screaming," he says. "And I end up yelling and screaming."

Sound Medicine: May 6, 2007

May 6, 2007

Topics for the week of May 6, 2007: the stigma of childhood mental illness; a national program for adopting frozen embryos; the ethics of embryo adoption; and a discussion of the new book, "Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause."