KERA News is building an initiative to cover mental health, and reporter Syeda Hasan is leading the effort. The station began focusing on the issue in 2013. Shortly after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, KERA launched a project called Erasing the Stigma with The Dallas Morning News and the Dallas mayor’s office. It was the beginning of a years-long focus on mental health, which continues today.
KERA's mental health coverage is funded in part by the Donna Wilhelm Family Fund and the Hersh Foundation.