Media Alert: 60 Minutes

Sunday, January 26, 2014–7 p.m. EST/PST

CBS News’ 60 Minutes will air a story on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. EST/PST about families and the mental health care system for youth.

The segment is the first television interview with Virginia state senator and former gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds, whose 24-year-old son, Gus, died by suicide this past November after attacking him. Gus had been discharged from a hospital emergency room because no psychiatric beds were available in the local or nearby communities.

An advance excerpt from the interview:

“I really don’t want Gus to be defined by his illness. I don’t want Gus to be defined by what happened . . . Gus was a great kid. He was a perfect son. It’s clear the system failed,” Deeds says in the interview.

CBS News notified NAMI of the broadcast on Friday afternoon, January 24. Except for the excerpt on the 60 Minutes website, we have not had an opportunity to view the story in advance.

After the broadcast, viewers are invited to post comments on the 60 Minutes website or through its contact us feature.

Bob Carolla, J.D.
Director of Media Relations
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
3803 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22205
(703) 516-7963

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