'Deseret News National Edition' looks at mental illness, the new 'Cosmos' TV show, sketch comedy and the Paralympics

Published: Monday, March 17 2014 10:05 a.m. MDT

In the latest "Deseret News National Edition," Dave McCann talks with DN reporters on mental illness, the new "Cosmos" TV show, the upcoming "Noah" movie and a variety of other topics.

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On this week's Deseret News National Edition, Dave McCann discusses mental illness, the religious connections to the new 'Cosmos' TV show and a variety of other topics.

Segment 1

Mental illness is a major health concern that impacts many families.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently released the latest estimated rates of mental illness among adults.

According to the survey, Utah has the highest rate followed by Oklahoma, West Virginia, Oregon and Washington.

New Jersey, Illinois, Nevada, Connecticut and North Carolina have the lowest rates. Dave McCann discusses the report with Dr. Peter Delany director of SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.

And Deanie Wimmer shares the story of a family living with mental illness. Wendy Fayles had to check her daughter into a psychiatric hospital when she was 12 years old. A decade later Fayles and her daughter Kelsey explain how the experience shaped their lives and how they have found hope and healing.

Deseret News writer Lois Collins has covered mental health issues for years. She and McCann discuss how media coverage has changed and what needs to be done to erase stigmas.

Segment 2

Editor Matt Brown delivers The Pulse and explains why the movie "Noah" will arrive in theaters with a disclaimer. He also discusses why the "Cosmos" series is being criticized for portraying religion and believers unfairly. Brown and McCann also talked about the future of public libraries.

Segment 3

It's not live from New York on Saturday Night but it comes from a place some people might associate with sketch TV comedy shows, but it is picking up fans around the country. Peter Rosen explains.

Finally this week, a story that is sure to inspire. The Paralympic Games conclude tonight in Sochi. We caught up with an American mom before she left. She competed in several Alpine ski events, careening down hills at break neck speeds — blind.

And Wimmer discovered the driving force behind it all — is love.

The "Deseret News National Edition" runs on KSL-TV at 9 a.m. on Sundays and highlights six areas of editorial emphasis: family, faith in the community, excellence in education, values in media and culture, causes related to helping the poor and financial responsibility.

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