Brave and Afraid and Heading Down the Longest Road

One man’s battle with mental illness.

  1. Brave and Afraid

    “He was an ebullient boy, quick to laugh and easy to love. And then, at 17, the shadow fell. A devastating diagnosis of mental illness. Trouble, hospital, home, into the depths again. Now, sustained by his mother’s unimaginably patient love, he aims to make his way back.”

  2. Days of Crisis, Compassion

    “There may be a more exhausting journey than that of the mentally ill, their families, and their caregivers. But for those locked in the cycle of hopes raised and dashed, it’s hard to imagine what it could be.”

  3. Desperately Guarding Hope

    “No matter how he hates them, Michael Bourne has finally decided to stick with his meds. They may save his life, but at the price of not feeling fully alive. It is a cruel calculus, for him and for many.”

Shadow Campus

An investigation into Boston’s off-campus housing.

  1. A House Jammed with Students, a Life of Promise Lost

    The fire that killed a Boston University student in a house filled with 13 other people and only one exit.

  2. Overcrowded and at Risk: A Way of Life, and Sometimes, Death for Student Tenants

    Examining the laws around off-campus housing and their lack of enforcement.

  3. A Devastating Mismatch: City vs. Scofflaw Landlords

    How the giants in the student rental trade do business.