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Darryl Owens | Florida's Mental Health Care In 'Shameful' State

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The death of Robin Williams earlier this month prompted expressions of sorrow and fond tributes from celebrities and fans alike. It has also opened up discussion about depression and mental illness, difficult topics that sometimes still carry a social stigma.

In the wake of Williams’ suicide, Orlando Sentinel columnist and editorial writer Darryl Owens is reflecting on the state of mental health care in Florida. He says the spotlight now illuminating the issue is revealing failures in Florida’s mental health care system.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined Central Florida Public Media in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.