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Connections: The therapeutic benefits of friendship for people with mental illness

Nearly 44 million American adults experience mental illness in a given year, yet only about 60 percent receive treatment. The stigma surrounding mental illness keeps many adults — and youth — from asking for help.

Compeer Rochesteris working to change that; the organization says there’s strong evidence behind the therapeutic value of friendship. Compeer offers mentoring programs where adults and youth struggling with mental illness are matched with community members.

We talk to members of the program who say it has changed their lives. Our guests:

  • Dana Frame, executive director of Compeer Rochester 
  • Jim Sedita and Steve Smock, adult match at Compeer Rochester 
  • Joshua, youth match at Compeer Rochester 
  • Dr. Stacy B. Killings, Psy.D., crisis therapist at Strong Memorial Hospital and school psychologist at Gates Chili High School
Connections Mental Illness
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.

Connections with Evan Dawson

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