January 31st, 2014
09:16 PM ET

Howie Mandel: "We don't take care of our mental health"

Kids in Crisis – Fragile minds - an Outfront investigation into the mental health of our children.

OutFront is looking at disorders that you or someone you know probably have. According to the CDC, the disorder affects about 1 in 10 children.

One person who has struggled with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or A.D.H.D and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, otherwise known as O.C.D is comedian Howie Mandel.

Mandel is very outspoken about his struggles, which include shaking hands with people. He even joked about it Thursday night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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Howie Mandel is OutFront.

January 30th, 2014
09:53 PM ET

Glenn Close on family's struggle with mental disorders: We had no vocabulary for mental illness

"I think our family is like a lot of families. We had no vocabulary for mental illness," Glenn Close says.

Joined by her younger sister, Jessie Close, the six-time Oscar-nominated actress spoke to CNN's Erin Burnett about her family's struggle with mental illness.

Close recalls, "Jessie would do things when she was little that would have been red flags if we had been more knowledgeable."

One of the red flags includes her sister rubbing her fingers together until they would begin to bleed.

Close expresses regret that her family didn't question her sister's behavior.

"We just thought she was wild and irresponsible," Close says. "So when she was finally diagnosed, which was not until she was 50, she had lived a life, which she needn't had lived."

Jessie was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder. According to WebMD, a person affected by the disorder will experience a manic episode, a period of abnormally elevated mood, accompanied by abnormal behavior.

Jessie shared with Burnett how she felt when she found out about the diagnosis.

"When I was finally diagnosed, I went through a long period of grief, because I had so many instances where I was manic and not in my right mind," she says. "It's a difficult thing to look back on a life when you're already 50 years old."

Close is one of the biggest advocates for changing the stigma around mental illness. She started the non-profit, Bring Change 2 Mind, with a mission to raise awareness about the misconceptions associated with mental disorders.

"Four of five of us are touched in some way by mental illness," Close says.

In December, Close was in Washington to work with a bipartisan group on the Excellence in Mental Health Act. She tells Burnett the law will get government funding for behavioral and mental health organizations that are already working on the ground in communities.

"Mental health has always been the least funded of all the departments in our government," Close says. "There's been such a cutback on funds for organizations like that - we are suffering from it."

In a public service announcement, Close stands by Jessie's son Calen (he suffers from schizophrenia), and urges people to start talking about mental illness as a way to end the stigma.

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"I think we're probably tighter because we've been through a war, a war on mental illness," Jessie says.

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January 30th, 2014
08:57 PM ET

Kids in Crisis: Family struggles with mentally ill son

Everyday, it seems there's another story or another headline about a young child who didn't get help they needed in time because the system has failed them.

Adam Lanza shot 20 children and six adults at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school. And two months ago, Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds was slashed, stabbed, and nearly killed by his mentally ill son, Gus, who took his own life.

The day before that attack, Gus was released from a hospital because there were no psychiatric beds available. It's become a common problem in America, and it is getting worse.

CNN's David Mattingly met with a family who struggled to get the right care for their son.

Mattingly is OutFront with the story:

Thom and Bonnie Shuman dealt with the sorrow that entered their lives by encouraging parents of mentally ill children to fight all they can and never give up.

The Shumans fought for years for their son, Teddy. They worked diligently to raise him through a variety of severe developmental problems but were overwhelmed when he began lapsing into unpredictable and violent rages.

It took more than a decade to finally get him into permanent care at a residential facility. Even then, it took a judge's order after Teddy killed another patient in 2006.

The Shumans try to see their son every weekend and are comforted by the idea that he is finally in a facility equipped to handle him. They say they are no longer "walking on egg shells" in fear of their son's violent outbursts.

But now at retirement age, The Shumans are in debt, their savings are exhausted - and so are they. They want their story known so that mental health care for children might one day be more accessible and affordable.

The numbers suggest their story is being ignored. The state of Ohio has fewer beds available today for psychiatric care of children than it did six years ago.