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Syeda Hasan

Reporter, Mental Health

Syeda Hasan covers mental health for KERA News. A Houston native, her journalism career has taken her to public radio newsrooms around Texas.

Before joining KERA, Syeda covered development and affordability at KUT News in Austin. She also worked as a general assignment reporter for Houston Public Media. Her work has been heard nationally on shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, PBS Newshour and Marketplace. She has won multiple Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards for her coverage of the Houston Rodeo food scene and barriers to housing for people with criminal backgrounds.

Syeda got her start in public radio as an intern at KUT while earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a minor in French, at the University of Texas at Austin.

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At Victoria Park in Irving, volunteers with the group Dems Care Vote Safe pack Ziploc bags with gloves, face masks and hand sanitizer to pass out to voters before the July runoff election.
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On an overcast Saturday morning at Victoria Park in Irving, a couple dozen volunteers sit at picnic tables, packing Ziploc bags with gloves, face masks and hand sanitizer. 

Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
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Elizabeth Conlin is thankful she started seeing a therapist before the coronavirus pandemic reached North Texas. This past fall, she began a type of treatment called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR.

Juan Figueroa (center) and his parents, Juan Figueroa Sr. (left) and Angelina Figueroa (right), pose a photo for on New Year's Eve in 2018 in Dalhart, Texas.
Juan Figueroa

Most nights, after dinner, I make a quick WhatsApp call to my parents in Karachi, Pakistan. We have a 10-hour time difference between us, so we usually catch up while I'm avoiding my post-dinner dishes and my parents are sipping their morning cups of chai. 

An elderly couple walks down a hall in Easton, Pa.
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It's been about two and a half years since Tricia Myers' family decided to move her 95-year-old mother into the Cottonwood Creek Healthcare Community in Richardson. Myers said her mother, who has dementia, needed round-the-clock care when her cognitive health began to decline.

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At Bangkok City Restaurant on Bryan Street, owner Janpen Thavoinkaew Canady and her husband, Philip Canady, have rearranged the dining room to seat a maximum of 16 customers. It's a steep drop from the usual crowd at the family-owned Thai restaurant, which has built a loyal customer base after more than 20 years in business.

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When Kate Mackley and her family began hearing news of the coronavirus pandemic, they worried for her mother, Karla Mackley, who was 93.

"You know, that worry did play out," Kate Mackley said. "She passed away from COVID, and she passed away actually very quickly."


A shuttered hospital in Garland will soon open as a COVID-19 treatment site for veterans — and it could open as soon as this week.

The hospital will initially open with about 100 beds for veterans diagnosed with the virus. Baylor Scott & White has donated the 470,000 square foot facility, which closed in 2018.

Pat Marmo, owner of Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home, walks through a viewing room set up to respect social distancing, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
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Coppell resident Jason Dyke is used to having the tough conversations most people never want to think about. He's the president of Carson's Village, a nonprofit that provides free help to families facing the sudden death of a loved one.

Dallas skyline

Dallas County health officials have released new demographic data on COVID-19 patients. As of Tuesday, more than 1,200 cases were confirmed throughout the county.

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Gov. Greg Abbott says federal officials could move the pop-up hospital at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center if it isn't used to care for COVID-19 patients. The space in downtown Dallas has 250 beds.

A park bench is cordoned off Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Houston.
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In a matter of weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has changed daily life for millions of North Texans. Local and national groups are offering resources to help manage anxiety, stress and uncertainty in this time of transition.

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Like many North Texans, Erin Peavey is spending more time at home these days. She and her family have made changes to their daily routine.


As the coronavirus pandemic evolves, public and private health care providers in North Texas are launching drive-thru COVID-19 testing centers, but the capacity for testing remains limited. 

Denton resident Amanda Dolin and her children keep an open dialogue about how they're feeling.
Amanda Dolin

Growing up, Denton resident Amanda Dolin didn't understand why her mother spent days crying and struggling to get out of bed. Dolin wondered if she'd done something wrong, and she tried and failed to cheer her mother up.

"I knew that she was sick, but as a child, I didn't have a name for it," Dolin said.

Dolin's mother was diagnosed with depression, and eventually, she found effective treatment. When Dolin was a teenager, she began seeing a psychiatrist. That's when it clicked that she wasn't to blame for her mother's sadness.

Office Of The Governor

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that six of the state's 10 public health labs can now test for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

scientist demonstrating test for new coronavirus
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Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) now has the capability to test locally for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. It is the first lab in Texas to have local testing capability, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Candace Valenzuela
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In the wake of longtime U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant’s retirement, seven Democrats and five Republicans ran for the 24th Congressional District.

Patrick Parker doing pushups
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A retired army veteran is traveling the country, completing thousands of pushups to raise awareness of bullying and mental illness among children. 

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On a rainy Tuesday night, voters from across North Texas filed into the Irving Arts Center to hear from Democratic candidates in the race for Texas' 24th Congressional District.

Dr. Philip Huang knows North Texans are worried about the potential spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

woman holding stop deportation sign
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A new study found that having a relationship with a migrant who is deported or detained can put Latino Americans at a greater risk for hazardous drinking and drug use.

The Stomp the Stigma team speaks about their mental health initiative at an event for the North Texas chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
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On a Monday morning, 11th graders Kedar Kashyap and Marjan Tukdi left Centennial High School in Frisco to spend the day at Lawler Middle School across the street, teaching younger students about mental health.

 roundtable with the state's Domestic Terrorism Task Force
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The shooting at a church in White Settlement nearly two weeks ago is just one of many incidents of public gun violence Americans have faced in recent years. 

Photo by Allison V. Smith / For KERA News

In the KERA series On Our Minds: The Caregivers we met North Texans navigating the legal and personal challenges of caregiving. 

Debbie Spruell
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When a child is diagnosed with a mental illness, parents can play a crucial role in their treatment, but what happens when those children become adults?

Ashley Williams
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Teachers and school counselors are often the first to notice when a student is struggling. Again and again, educators find themselves going beyond their assigned duties to care for children's mental and emotional needs. 

Tech Guerrero, his husband and his mother.
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Living with a mental illness can be daunting. Caring for someone on that journey comes with its own unique challenges. 

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Cities across North Texas are marking this Veterans Day with parades honoring service men and women.

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Faith leaders from across North Texas are getting together to explore how religious communities can open the door to conversations about mental health.

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Botham Jean's mother says the fight for justice isn't over. That's after her son's killer -- Amber Guyger -- was sentenced to 10 years in prison.