By Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano & Dr. Luis Garcia

March 23, 2017

 

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Once again Republicans are pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

and it will hurt millions of Americans, especially those who live with a

mental health or substance abuse disorder. The Republic...

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By Richard Frank

March 20, 2017

 

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The Affordable Care Act protects people who buy insurance against a

comprehensive set of health care risks. It specifies a set of 10 essential

health benefits that all plans must cover, and also requires that plans

provide those benefits wi...

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By Tami Luhby

March 23, 2017

 

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House GOP leaders are now looking to change an Obamacare provision that

guarantees all health insurers cover services such as maternity, mental

health and prescription drugs, in hopes of wooing conservative lawmakers to

their side. 

 

The ...

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By Jay Greene

March 22, 2017

 

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A new report by advocates for Michigan's public Medicaid behavioral health

system estimates it has saved the state $5.3 billion over the past 18 years

and would save an additional $7.4 billion through 2024 using their

patient-centered and inte...

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By Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman

March 22, 2017

 

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Few tech topics are hotter right now than virtual reality (VR). Though itÂ’s

been around for decades, VR has at last entered the world of consumer

electronics via devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and, increasing...

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By Kevin Hines

March 21, 2017 

 

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In the words of Nietzsche: “He who has a WHY to live can bear almost any

HOW.” I have certainly found my why. I refer back to this quote often when I

stop to consider the challenges of day-to-day life and the things that IÂ’ve

s...

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By Jon Hamilton

March 20, 2017

 

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Gerard Sanacora, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University, has treated

hundreds of severely depressed patients with low doses of ketamine, an

anesthetic and popular club drug that isn't approved for depression. 

 

This sort of "off-la...

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By Alana Horowitz Satlin

March 18, 2017

 

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President Donald Trump indicated in his first federal budget that his

administration is committed to investing in programs that tackle mental

illness, but the health care legislation he and Republican lawmakers are

championing sugge...

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By Layla McCay

March 17, 2017

 

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 People who reside in cities are more likely to develop depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia than those

living in the countryside. No matter where you live, at least

 one in four

people will have a mental illness in their lifetime, and ev...

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By Bree Burkitt

March 17, 2017 

 

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David Montoya is beaming as he stands at the podium before Judge John Walton

in the 5th District Court. 

 

The 31-year-old giddily tells Walton about how he'll be starting a welding

program at the Southwest Applied Technical College...

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By Brian Resnick

March 15, 2017

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The American Health Care Act — the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare — is projected to lead to 24 million fewer Americans without coverage by 2026.

 

But the bill will not just leave Americans with physical ailments in the...

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By Maggie Fox

March 15, 2017

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The new GOP health care bill would demolish mental health care and abort efforts to fight the opioid crisis at the peak of the epidemic, mental health groups say.

 

The plan restructures Medicaid, the joint state-federal health plan for the di...

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By Meera Senthilingam

March 14, 2017

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It's a dream many city-dwellers long for: moving to a spacious house surrounded by greenery in the countryside, where they plan to raise their family.

 

In 1996, Heather Shepherd, now 50, and her family did just that. Moving away from th...

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By Nathaniel P. Morris

March 14, 2017

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In 2007, a woman named Lisa Nowak drove 900 miles to the Orlando airport, bringing a knife, a mallet, rubber tubing, and a BB gun. At the airport, she wore a black wig and followed Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman in the parking lot. Af...

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By Lisa Rapaport

March 10, 2017 

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Adults who were born prematurely at a very low birth weight may be more likely to experience mental health problems like depression and anxiety, a recent study suggests.

Researchers examined data from previously published studies of mental ...

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By Lenny Bernstein

March 4, 2017

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Paul Corby needs a new heart. On that there is no dispute. The same rare disease that killed his father at 27 is destroying his left ventricle. While there is no cure or surgery that might repair the damage, a heart transplant could extend his li...

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By Brianna Ehley

March 8, 2017

 

 House Republicans who last year made good on longstanding promises to

overhaul the mental health system could roll back coverage for millions of

people with mental illness and addiction problems by overhauling Medicaid as

part of an Ob...

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By Alex Ruoff

March 7, 2017

 

 

 

Millions of Americans who suffer from mental health and substance abuse

issues could be left without insurance under House Republicans' plan for

repealing the Affordable Care Act, behavioral health groups and researchers

told Bloomb...

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By Bruce Japsen

March 6, 2017 

 

The Republican-led U.S. House proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act

could hurt millions of Americans who suffer mental illness or substance

abuse of drugs like opioids because it rolls back the ACA's Medicaid

expansion, say four G...

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By Jeanette Steele 

March 2, 2017

  

Camp Pendleton Marine Jeremy Thomas had his hand blown off in Afghanistan in

2011. A year later, he was hooked on prescription painkillers. Another year

in, he had turned to street heroin and crime to support his addiction.

 

 

...

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By Leo Shane III

March 7, 2017

 

 

WASHINGTON -- Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said his department

will start offering mental health services for veterans with

other-than-honorable dismissals as soon as possible, saying the issue is too

important to wait for co...

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By Lindsay Holmes

March 7, 2017

 

People who seek professional help for mental health conditions like

depression or panic disorder are more likely to accept and follow through

when talk therapy is prescribed, rather than medication, according to a new

meta-analysis of p...

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 By Brittney McNamara

March 6, 2017

 

Between 2009 and 2011, and then again in 2015, clusters of young people

dying by suicide hit Santa Clara County, California, particularly concerning

students at Palo Alto High School. With these multiple clusters of death by

suicide, t...

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By Steve Scholzman and Eliza Abdu-Glass

February 27, 2017

 

This is the first blog post in a two-part series on college mental health in

the United States. The focus of this first post is college student suicide.

 

 

When I look back at college, I can say with utter ...

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By Natasha Tracy

February 28, 2017 

 

Many people are worried about what might happen to mental health care under

a President Trump administration. People with serious mental illness like

bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia are some of

the most...

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By Jeff Stagl

February 2017 

 

The two most common ways people commit suicide in the United States are by

gunshot and by a prescription drug overdose. But another recurring method is

by train. If a distraught person doesn't have access to a gun or pills, he

or she m...

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By Lindsey Bever

March 1, 2017

 

Just like that, Naika Venant was live.

 

The 14-year-old girl was on Facebook, broadcasting from a bathroom at her

foster home in southeastern Florida. Then, she was hanging from a scarf tied

to a shower's glass door frame - a deep...

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By Nathaniel P. Morris

February 18, 2017

 

 

Cardiovascular disease and mental illness are among the top contributors to

death and disability in the United States. At first glance, these health

conditions seem to lie at opposite ends of the medical spectrum: Treating

...

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By Douglas Main

February 28, 2017

 

What makes people miserable? Traditionally, economists have pointed to

unemployment and poverty as the biggest drivers of despair. But new research

suggests such analysis is flawed.

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By Elizaberth Planet

February 10, 2017

 

 

Betsy DeVos' confirmation as our nation's Secretary of Education is an

opportunity to remind policymakers that mental health and learning disorders

are the most common health issues faced by school-aged children in the

...

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By Patti Neighmond

February 13, 2017

 

It's tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and

academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their

environment in the teen years - down the block and online. The whole mix of

change...

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By Kari Paul 

February 14, 2017

 

A growing body of research suggests that young workers are increasingly

adding mental health days to their personal days, and young women are

particularly at risk.

 

Millennials report higher rates of depression than any other ...

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By Sherry Amatenstein

February 13, 2017

 

"Why can't therapists do something about a psychopath getting his dirty

little fingers on the nuclear codes?" a patient asked me.

 

It was a week after the presidential election. There was anguish in my

patient's voi...

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By Jacqueline Howard

February 15, 2017

 

 

Many men might describe expecting a baby as a joyous time in their life, but

for some, a bundle of joy might be linked to a greater risk of depression.

 

Fathers-to-be can be at risk of depression symptoms if they ...

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By Jenny Deam

February 15, 2017

 

More than 272,000 Texans could lose access to mental health and substance

abuse treatment if one of the lesser known guarantees of the Affordable Care

Act goes away with the law's repeal and is not replaced.

 

In Texas alone, 65...

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By Benedict Carey

February 13, 2017

 

The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric

drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of

them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on

Monday.

 

The ...

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Link:

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By Mary Giliberti, J.D.

February 14, 2017

 

In December 2016, Congress enacted landmark legislation to improve care for

Americans with mental illness. These provisions reflected s...

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Link:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/09/514096861/veteran-teaches-therapists-how-to-talk-about-gun-safety-when-suicides-a-risk  

 

By April Dembosky

February 9, 2017

 

Jay Zimmerman got his first BB gun when he was 7, and his first shotgun when

he was 10.

 

"Growing u...

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Link:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/surging-demand-for-mental-health-care-jams-college-services/  

 

By Megan Thielking

February 8, 2017

 

Colleges across the country are failing to keep up with a troubling spike in

demand for mental health care - leaving students stuck on wa...

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Link:

http://thehill.com/regulation/317634-house-republicans-block-obama-era-gun-rule 

 By Tim DeVaney

February 2, 2017 

 

The House on Thursday struck down an Obama-era regulation that could block

some recipients of disability benefits from buying guns.

 

The House voted 235-180 to rol...

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Link:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/01/virtual-reality-pain/515103/ 

 By Jo Marchant 

January 31, 2017 

 

Ana Maria has never been to Machu Picchu. The 61-year-old always wanted to

visit the mountain ruins but she suffers from hypertension, and doctors

warned that the e...

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Link:

http://californiahealthline.org/news/trying-to-solve-the-alzheimers-puzzle/ 

 

 

By Melissa Bailey

January 30, 2017

 

 

Despite a 99 percent failure rate and another major setback last month,

Alzheimer's researchers are plowing ahead with hundreds of experiments - and

a boost in...

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Link:

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a8662706/affordable-care-act-mental-health/ 

 

 

 

By Chirlane McCray

February 1, 2017

 

 

 

President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress are poised to gut the

Affordable Care Act. Nearly 30 million people, including 4 million ch...

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Link:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/01/the-toxic-health-effects-of-deportation-threat/514718/ 

 

 

By Olga Khazan

January 27, 2017

 

In her pediatrics practice in Winston Salem, North Carolina, Julie Linton

has seen several young patients who she believes are psychologi...

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Link:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/01/31/when-kids-with-mental-illness-cant-live-at-home-2/?utm_term=.ade751219646

 

 

By Kelly Burch

 

Date January 31, 2017

 

 

 

Many of Christine Walker's friends are just starting to help their teenage

children plan to le...

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Link:

http://www.newsweek.com/children-humor-jokes-child-psychology-study-parenting-550151 

 

 

By Claire Fox

January 30, 2017

 

Just like adults, children use humor in their everyday lives. Some like to

make fun of themselves, whereas others like to laugh at the expense of

others. But ...

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Link:

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/317089-to-help-vets-overhaul-how-we-treat-ptsd 

 

 

By John Spencer and Ken Falke

January 31, 2017

 

 

 

One out of every three Americans returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan

struggles with psychological wounds, such as post-...

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Link:

http://www.npr.org/2017/01/31/512052311/va-hospitals-still-struggling-with-adding-staff-despite-billions-from-choice-act 

 

 

By Steve Walsh, Patricia Murphy, Stephan Bisaha, & Quil Lawrence

January 31, 2017

 

 

 

Before they get to work on reforming the U.S. Department of Veter...

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Link:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/01/28/depression-is-as-bad-for-your-heart-as-high-cholesterol.html 

 

 

By Amanda MacMillan

January 28, 2017

 

 

When you think of heart attacks, you might assume the most common causes are

smoking, high cholesterol, or obesity. Mental health is...

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http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2017/01/26/Rollback-of-Obamacare-would-undermine-mental-health-coverage-for-many/stories/201701260088

 

 

By Tracie Mauriello

January 26, 2017

 

 

WASHINGTON - It expanded expanded telepsychiatry, prioritized care of the

most seriously mentally ill...

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http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/315765-repealing-the-aca-will-threaten-our-mental-health

 

By Jacob Izenberg, Opinion Contributor

January 23, 2017

 

When Former President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in

2010, my first and most overwhelming emotion was re...

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http://www.dailynews.com/health/20170125/la-county-wants-paramedics-free-to-take-psychiatric-patients-to-mental-health-centers

 

By Susan Abram

January 25, 2017

 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to

sponsor state legislation to change a law that bars para...

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https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind-guest-blog/how-community-mental-health-care-can-make-a-major-difference/

 

By Nathaniel P. Morris

 

January 24, 2017

 

 

 

In the 20th century, the deinstitutionalization of mental health care took

patients out of long-term psychiatric faciliti...

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2017/01/25/research-again-finds-that-talk-therapy-can-change-the-brain/#438d369e6097

 

By Alice G. Walton

January 25, 2017

 

In the ongoing search to find effective treatments for mental health

disorders, recent years have brought some interesting fin...

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https://www.bna.com/worker-mental-health-n73014450290/

 

By Patrick Dorrian

January 26, 2017

 

 

An intellectual property lawyer who struggles with anxiety, depression and

related issues. A Connecticut police officer with military-service-connected

post-traumatic stress disorder. A New Yo...

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https://www.wired.com/2017/01/obamacares-demise-looming-disaster-mental-health/

 

By Issie Lapowsky

January 15, 2017

 

 

Look at a map of states president-elect Donald Trump won in November

alongside a map of states with the highest rates of opioid prescriptions,

and you'll see they mostl...

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2017/01/13/psychologists-to-trump-coverage-must-include-mental-health-benefits/#343ed2cc55ff

By Bruce Japsen

January 13, 2017

 

Psychologists and other mental health providers don't want Obamacare's

coverage of mental health gutted as Donald Trump an...

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obamacare-mental-health_us_5878ff08e4b09281d0ea7ccf

By Lindsay Holmes

January 16, 2017

 

Senate Republicans are already working to repeal the Affordable Care Act ― a

move that could be devastating for those with mental illness.

 

Eliminating the ACA ...

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-4129730/Gun-industry-suicide-prevention-forge-unlikely-alliance.html

January 17, 2017

 

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) - It's a difficult topic to discuss, fraught with politics

and social stigma, and an even tougher one to fix: people who kill

themselves with a...

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahlandrum/2017/01/17/why-millennials-are-struggling-with-mental-health-at-work/#54a93bca687d

 

By Sarah Landrum

January 17, 2017

 

Americans do not take mental health seriously enough. According to the NIMH,

as many as 45% of mental health cases go untreated in...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/01/01/506724900/easing-old-peoples-loneliness-can-help-keep-them-healthy

By Anna Gorman
January 1, 2017

Emil Girardi moved to San Francisco on New Year's Eve in 1960. He loved everything about the city: the energy, the people and the hills. And, ...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/01/05/508037801/when-theres-no -therapist-how-can-the-depressed-find-help

By Joanne Silberner
January 5, 2017

For a revolutionary, Deepali Vishwakarma of Bhopal, India, is more quiet and reflective than you might expect. She's in her 30s, small, ...

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Link: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/presidential-psychiatrist-men tal-health-congress-214597

By Alex Thompson
January 4, 2017

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a devastating stroke that left him partially paralyzed, semi-blind and so fragile that his wife and doctor hid hi...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/12/31/507133144/from-psychedel ics-to-alzheimers-2016-was-a-good-year-for-brain-science

By Bret Stetka
December 31, 2016

With a president-elect who has publicly supported the debunked claim that vaccines cause autism, suggested that climate change...

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Link: http://californiahealthline.org/news/fear-of-deportation-hate-crimes-reporte dly-threaten-mental-health-of-young-californians/

By Jocelyn Wiener
December 23, 2016

In the months leading up to the presidential election, Guillermo and his friends at Oakland International High School had a runnin...

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Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/12/what-happens-to-survivors-after-a-traumatic-incident/509636/

By Priscilla Alvarez
December 6, 2016

On August 16, 1987, 4-year-old Cecelia Cichan lost her parents and her brother in an airliner crash in Detroit. She doesn’t remember the even...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/12/09/504971146/pets-help-people-manage-life-with-serious-mental-illness

Any pet owner will tell you that their animal companions comfort and sustain them when life gets rough. This may be especially true for people with serious mental illness, a ...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-airline-pilots-depression-20161215-story.html

By Melissa Healy
December 15, 2016

Behind the self-confident gait, the friendly greeting and the air of superb competence, as many as 13% of the nation’s commercial airline pilots may be suffer...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/opinion/the-mental-health-crisis-in-trumps -america.html?partner=bloomberg

By Richard A. Friedman
December 12, 2016

A few days after Donald J. Trump was elected president, I started getting anxious phone calls from some of my patients. They were not just worr...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/brandon-marshall-my-cause-my-cleats_us_5846eef7e4b0fe5ab69311dc

By Lindsay Holmes
December 12, 2016

The New York Jets may not be at the top of the NFL standings this season, but they're certainly leading the charge when it comes to mental health advocacy.

...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/12/02/504131307/study-vast-maj ority-of-people-who-are-depressed-do-not-seek-help

By Maanvi Singh
December 2, 2016

"I lost more than 80 percent of my university friends," recalls Jagannath Lamichhane.

After silently struggling with depression for...

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Link: http://californiahealthline.org/news/free-clinics-aim-to-fill-vas-shortfalls -in-mental-health/

By Anna Gorman
December 5, 2016

Elenilson Franco, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, first sought mental health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs ne...

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Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/308413-to-reduce-mental-health-stigma-among-veterans-higher-education

By Carl Sheperis and Adam Such
December 2, 2016

In 2014, 55 U.S. military service members died fighting in Afghanistan. Today, an average of 20 veterans lose their lives eve...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/12/07/504725936/mental-health-care-gets-a-boost-from-21st-century-cures-act

By Liz Szabo
December 7, 2016

The 21st Century Cures Act that gained congressional approval on Wednesday has been championed as a way to speed up drug development, but it'...

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Link: http://www.usnews.com/news/health-care-news/articles/2016-12-07/democrats-warn-obamacare-repeal-would-hurt-progress-on-mental-health-reform

By Kimberly Leonard
December 7, 2016

Democratic supporters of a medical innovation bill headed to President Barack Obama's desk say they fear its mental ...

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Link: http://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/obamacare-repeal-undercut-mental-health-effort

By Andrew Siddons
December 6, 2016

A bill to improve the country's mental health care system could be undermined by more widespread changes to health coverage that will likely occur next year, supporters of the...

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Link:

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/307537-lawmakers-reach-deal-to-vote-on-cures-mental-health-bills

 

By Melanie Zanoa and Peter Sullivan 

 

November 25, 2016

 

Lawmakers have reached a deal to consider a medical innovation bill and a

mental health reform measure on the House flo...

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Link:  

http://time.com/4583628/donald-trump-therapy-patients/?xid=homepage

By Inger E. Burnett-Zeigler

 

November 28, 2016

 

With an administration forming around President-elect Donald Trump, the mood

in the psychotherapy space has transitioned from anticipation and worry to

fear and de...

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Link:

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind-guest-blog/stopping-suicides-on-campus/ 

 

 

By Nathaniel P. Morris

November 30, 2016

 

 

When I was a sophomore in college, our campus looked like a prison. My

classmates and I walked to class between eight-foot tall chain-linked

fences...

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Link:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/11/22/sexist-men-have-psychological-problems/?tm_term=.3e1970b23dce&utm_term=.b20c20afa8e7

 

 

By Sarah Kaplan

November 22, 2016

 

Psychologists looking at 10 years of data from nearly 20,000 men found that

those who va...

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Link:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/11/21/502872563/dementia-risk-declines-and-education-may-be-one-reason-why

By Ina Jaffe

November 21, 2016

 

 

Some encouraging news in the battle against Alzheimer's disease and other

forms of dementia: The rate at which older Americans ar...

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Link:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/18/health/mental-health-care-emergency-room/index.html 

San Antonio-Yolanda Solar has battled a life-threatening disease for more

than three decades.

 

The disease nearly killed her last summer, and Solar, a 73-year-old

grandmother, was rushed to the hospital...

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Link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/29/us/ptsd-mdma-ecstasy.html?_r=0

Dave Philipps

November 29, 2016

 

CHARLESTON, S.C. - After three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, C. J. Hardin

wound up hiding from the world in a backwoods cabin in North Carolina.

Divorced, alcoholic and at times suicidal...

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Link:

http://time.com/4586702/magic-mushrooms-psilocybin-depression/?xid=homepage

By Alexandra Sifferlin

December 1, 2016

 

Tripping on magic mushrooms may come with some mental health benefits. On

Thursday, two separate studies found impressive effects of the psychedelic

drug psilocybin on ...

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Link:

http://time.com/4572593/increase-depression-teens-teenage-mental-health/ 

 

By Susanna Schrobsdorff

November 15, 2016

 

Describing teens as moody and angsty is an old cliche. That stage of life is

loaded with drama and intense feelings. And it was ever thus-just go back

read your hi...

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Link:

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/306412-built-in-racial-barriers-for-mental-health-treatment 

By Inger E. Burnett-Zeigler

November 16, 2016

 

Traditionally, many black people have viewed participating in mental health

treatment as inconsistent with their cultural behaviors, attitude...

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Link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/well/move/how-exercise-might-keep-depression-at-bay.html

By Gretchen Reynolds

November 16, 2016

Exercise may be an effective treatment for depression and might even help

prevent us from becoming depressed in the first place, according to three

timely new...

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Link:

http://khn.org/news/community-paramedics-work-to-link-patients-with-mental-health-care/

By Shefali Luthra
 
 
November 14, 2016
 
For Kelly Kjelstrom, plugging the gaps in mental health care can mean
something as simple as a late-night taco and a friendly chat.
 
Kjelstrom,...

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Link:

https://morningconsult.com/2016/11/16/cornyn-congress-vote-cures-mental-health-one-package/

By Mary Ellen McIntire 

November 16, 2016

 

It's unlikely that a medical innovation measure or mental health legislation

will move as standalone bills this year, but the measures could be voted ...

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Link:

https://edsource.org/2016/la-unified-cites-rising-rate-of-suicidal-behavior-

and-devise-more-tools-to-address-it/572539

By Michael Janofsky 

November 13, 2016

 

More than 5,000 incidents of suicidal behavior were reported in Los Angeles

Unified in the last school year, an exponential ...

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Link: http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20161103/structural-damage-closes-down-mental-health-courthouse

By City News Service
November 3, 2016

LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles Superior Court's Mental Health Courthouse is
being closed until further notice effective Thursday because of structural
...

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Link: https://theaggie.org/2016/11/07/governor-jerry-brown-vetoes-mental-health-bill-for-public-colleges/

By Yvonne Leong
November 8, 2016

Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the College Mental Health Services bill, also known
as AB 2017, on Sept. 24, which would have required the Mental Health Oversight ...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/08/us/mental-health-parity.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=0

By Robert Pear
November 7, 2016

WASHINGTON - In one of President Obama's last major health care initiatives, the
administration is stepping up enforcement of laws that require equal insurance coverage
for ...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/08/well/live/after-a-suicide-attempt-the-risk -of-another-try.html?_r=0

By Jane E. Brody
November 7, 2016

My family is no stranger to suicide and suicide attempts, and we are not alone. To recount just two instances:

A 20-year-old nephew, after receiving a ve...

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Link:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/04/health/suicide-adolescents-traffic-deaths.html?_r=1

 

By Sabrina Tavernise 
November 3, 2016

 

WASHINGTON - It is now just as likely for middle school students to die from
suicide as from traffic accidents.

That grim fact was published on Thursday by...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/veterans-may-face-higher-risk-of-suicide-during-first-year-home_us_58136e66e4b0390e69cfab9f

By Lisa Rapaport
October 28, 2016

Veterans may be more likely to commit suicide during the first year after they leave the military than after more time passes, a U....

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/11/03/500116098/teen-night-owls-struggle-to-learn-and-control-emotions-at-school

By Rob Stein
November 3, 2016

It's hard for Zachary Lane to wake up in time for school every day.

"I have four alarms set and it still takes me a long time to wake m...

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Link: http://www.bna.com/mental-health-groups-n57982082089/

By Alex Ruoff
October 31, 2016

Advocates for people with mental health disorders in coming months plan to pressure state insurance commissioners and attorneys general to investigate whether insurers are following federal mental health pari...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/31/500056803/federal-panel-calls-for-stricter-enforcement-of-mental-health-care-parity-law

By Jenny Gold
October 31, 2016

Acknowledging that "there is more work to be done" to ensure that patients with mental illness and addiction don't face di...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/10/30/499777541/can-poverty-lead-to-mental-illness

By Emily Sohn
October 30, 2016

After a mother killed her four young children and then herself last month in rural China, onlookers quickly pointed to life circumstances.

The family lived in extre...

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Link: http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/10/27/65578/ca-counties-look-to-private-firm-to-run-new-state/

By Annie Gilbertson
October 27, 2016

A statewide consortium of county mental health officials is planning to create California's first privately-run state mental health hospital. It says it's the fast...

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Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/brains-of-kids-with-ptsd-are-different-mri-scans-show/

By Robert Preidt
October 25, 2016

The brains of children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have structural differences not seen in the brains of typical kids, a new study finds.

PTSD is a mental healt...

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Link: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/10/qa-priorities-new-mental-health-chief-include-brain-circuits-and-suicide

By Meredith Wadman
October 25, 2016

Joshua Gordon was a first year M.D.- Ph.D. student at the University of California in San Francisco bent on a career in cancer biology when he he...

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Link: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/mental-health-treatment-mobile-style/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20161026

By Tim Campellone
October 26, 2016

"Dennis," a composite character whose experiences resemble those of actual veterans, is a 27-year old computer programmer who left the Army two year...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/26/opinion/mental-illness-is-not-a-horror-show.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=0

By Andrew Solomon
October 26, 2016

A new virtual-reality attraction planned for Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., was announced last month in advance of the peak haunted-house sea...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/22/498843225/can-mental-illness-be-prevented-in-the-womb

By Bret Stetka
October 22, 2016

Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor.

The counsel typically comes with phys...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/15/opinion/theres-such-a-thing-as-too-much-neuroscience.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=0

By John C. Markowitz
October 14, 2016

The United States government recently announced its new director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Joshua Gordon. If you think...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/10/19/report-more-than-half-of-mentally-ill-u-s-adults-get-no-treatment/

By Amy Ellis Nutt
October 19, 2016

Mental Health America just released its annual assessment of Americans with mental illness, the treatment they receive and the...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/10/18/sickest-psy chiatric-patients-wait-the-longest-in-emergency-rooms-survey-shows/

By Amy Ellis Nutt
October 18, 2016

The situation wasnÂ’t unusual for Stanford, Calif., emergency physician Suzanne Lippert: The patient before he...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/17/498270772/how-gaps-in-mental-health-care-play-out-in-emergency-rooms

By Shefali Luthra
October 17, 2016

Nearly 1 in 5 children each year suffers a psychiatric illness, according to research estimates. But a national shortage of medical speci...

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Link: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/erasing-stigma-needed-mental-health-care

By Bruce Bower
October 13, 2016

Scientists, politicians, clinicians, police officers and medical workers agree on one thing: The U.S. mental health system needs a big fix. Too few people get the help they need for me...

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Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/10/the-new-focus-on-childrens-mental-health/504227/

By Emily Goldberg
October 17, 2016

Across the United States, up to one in five children suffers from a mental disorder in a given year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preven...

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Link: http://khn.org/news/new-law-will-expand-mental-health-services-for-low-income-californians/

By Anna Gorman
October 11, 2016

The staff of Clinica Sierra Vista, which has health centers throughout a vast swath of central California, screened its mostly low-income patients last year for mental h...

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Link: http://californiahealthline.org/news/when-the-blues-wont-let-you-be/

By Anna Gorman
October 3, 2016

LOS ANGELES - Rini Kramer-Carter has tried everything to pull herself out of her dark emotional hole: individual therapy, support groups, tai chi and numerous antidepressants.

The 73-year-old ...

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Link: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20161008/MAGAZINE/310089985/-the-next-big-reform-challenge-is-mental-health

By Harris Meyer
October 8, 2016

After decades of taking a back seat to other social issues, fixing the nation's broken system of care for millions of Americans suffering from me...

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Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kennethdavis/2016/10/07/the-need-for-mental-health-parity/#372feb2c1a04

By Kenneth Davis
October 6, 2016

As a psychiatrist who has spent much of my career researching schizophrenia and other mental disorders, I am acutely aware of a major flaw in our health system:...

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Links: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/10/02/police-departments-struggle-cops-mental-health-training/91297538/

By Aamer Madhani
September 20, 2016

Police departments and policymakers around the country are grappling with how to bolster training for cops on mental health issues in th...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-lopez-knotts-mental-20160927-snap-story.html

By Steve Lopez
September 27, 2016

In anticipation of Halloween, the folks who run Knott's Berry Farm did a lousy thing, and mental health advocates were outraged.

Then on Tuesday afternoon, park manage...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-el-cajon-mentally-ill-20160928-snap-story.html

By Sarah Parvini, Veronica Rocha, Richard Winton, and Joe Mozingo
September 29, 2016

She called police because her brother was "not acting like himself."

He was walking in and out of traffic in the scorch...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-jail-solitary-20160925-snap-story.html

By Cindy Chang
September 25, 2016

In nearly three years, Dominic Walker rarely looked another human being in the eye.

Except for showers, he left his cell at Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles onl...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/09/26/495074707/war-studies-suggest-a-concussion-leaves-the-brain-vulnerable-to-ptsd

By Jon Hamilton
September 26, 2016

There's growing evidence that a physical injury to the brain can make people susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder.

St...

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Link: http://www.capradio.org/articles/2016/09/23/garage-bands-and-pastels-sometimes-are-the-key-to-mental-health/

By Bob Moffitt
September 23, 2016

Van Gogh. Plath. Cobain. Some of the world's most influential artists have suffered greatly from mental illness. There is no scientific consensus of a...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mental-health discrimination_us_57e55d07e4b0e28b2b53a896

By Lindsay Holmes
September 27, 2016

It's no secret that there's a veil of shame surrounding mental illness.

Nearly one in five American adults will experience a mental health disorder in a given yea...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/09/16/turning-madness-into-music-a-former-psychiatric-patients-life-is-now-an-opera/

By Amy Ellis Nutt
September 16, 2016

It's not often that a health organization teams with a professional music company to produce an opera, but that'...

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Link: http://www.modbee.com/news/local/crime/article103084117.html

By Garth Stapley
September 20, 2016

As of Sept. 5, 528 inmates deemed not competent to stand trial were waiting for help in county jails because the Department of State Hospitals has no room.

“It’s an issue we take very serious...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-job-status-depression-20160921-snap-story.html

By Melissa Healy
September 21, 2016

There are certainly many perks that come with a job at the top of the corporate ladder, but this is not one of them: When people with prestigious jobs fall in...

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Link: http://californiahealthline.org/news/the-womens-health-issue-no-one-talks-about/

By Jenny Gold
September 19, 2016

Kieley Parker never imagined she would need an antidepressant. “I always win those stupid sunshine and happiest person awards. People see me as an incredibly joyful person,” s...

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Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/09/15/veterans-affairs-suicide-crisis-line-editorials-debates/90431380/

By David J. Shulkin
September 15, 2016

Among veterans and the American public at large, suicide is a public health crisis. Losing even one veteran to suicide is unacceptable, whi...

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Link: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/20/health/children-suicide-deaths/index.html

There has been a disturbing increase in suicide rates among elementary school-age black children in recent years in the United States, and yet researchers aren't quite sure why.

When compared with early adolescents, youn...

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Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/19/science/more-child-suicides-are-linked-to-add-than-depression-study-suggests.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=0

By Catherine Saint Louis
September 19, 2016

Attention deficit disorder is the most common mental health diagnosis among children under 12 who die by suicid...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/09/20/459843929/heres-how-schools-can-support-students-mental-health

By Meg Anderson
September 20, 2016

About one in five children in the United States shows signs of a mental health disorder — anything from ADHD to eating disorders to suicide.

And yet, ...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-competency-cases-report-20160908-snap-story.html

By Abby Sewell
September 8, 2016

A lack of psychiatric care beds and rising homelessness are fueling a dramatic increase in mental competency cases in Los Angeles County, a new study has found.

The c...

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Link: http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/09/08/64489/report-officials-still-not-tracking-state-s-mental/

By Juliet Williams
September 8, 2016

California officials still haven't taken steps to better track how $2 billion a year in voter-approved funding for mental health programs is spent, despite a cri...

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Link: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-09-12/congress-to-consider-mental-health-first-aid-amid-controversy

By Kimberly Leonard
September 12, 2016

A bill that would expand a program aimed at training ordinary people to recognize and intercede when they see signs of mental health issues in ot...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/09/09/478834927/screening-mental-health-in-kindergarten-is-way-too-late-experts-say

By Kavitha Cardoza
September 9, 2016

When it comes to children's brains, Rahil Briggs describes them as ... sticky.

"Whatever we throw, [it] sticks. That's why they can lea...

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Link: http://khn.org/news/parents-often-battle-to-get-their-children-mental-health-services-at-school/

By Jenny Gold
September 13, 2016

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — On a hot summer day last month, Sydney, 15, and Laney, 8, were enjoying their last two weeks of freedom before school started. The sisters tr...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/295642-cornyn-mental-health-vote-will-likely-have-to-wait-until-after-election

By Peter Sullivan
September 13, 2016

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Tuesday that a Senate vote on mental health legislation will likely have to wait until after the election, d...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/295084-senate-takes-step-towards-bipartisan-mental-health-deal

By Peter Sullivan
September 8, 2016

Lawmakers are making progress toward a bipartisan deal on mental health legislation in the Senate, though there is a rapidly closing window of time to finish...

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Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/295454-its-suicide-prevention-month-half-of-suicides-are-committed

By Reps. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), Congressional Mental Health Caucus Chair
September 13, 2016

This summer Americans in communities across the country ...

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Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/09/crisis-living-rooms/498986/

By Leah Todd
September 7, 2016

Steven Ledwon woke with his arms strapped to a hospital bed.

Police had picked up Ledwon, 55, in late April from a local shelter in Alamosa, Colorado, where he was hallucinating and s...

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Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/294140-suicide-awareness-month-the-link-between-eating-disorders

By Ken Weiner
September 1, 2016

As an expert in the field of eating disorders for over 35 years, I have helped thousands of patients and families overcome anorexia nervosa, bulimi...

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Link: http://khn.org/news/screening-positive-for-depression-doesnt-mean-youll-get-treatment-study-finds/

By Zhai Yun Tan
August 29, 2016

Getting treatment for depression may sometimes be a regular part of health care for the “worried well” that leaves those who cannot afford it to suffer by the...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/09/08/as-a-mental-health-provider-i-ask-all-my-patients-about-guns-heres-why/

By Nathaniel P. Morris
September 8, 2016

Few topics stir more controversy in this country than guns. Mass shootings and urban gun violence inflame public pa...

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Link: http://time.com/4473575/college-mental-health-guidebook/

By Maya Rhodan
August 31, 2016

Correction appended, Aug. 31, 2016

Dana hadn’t had any prior experiences with mental illness when her son Oliver went back to school at Kenyon College, but just three weeks into his winter semester he s...

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Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/crime/293847-mentally-ill-people-in-solitary-confinement-we-need-to-get-them-out

By Dave Mahoney
August 30, 2016

As I write this, there are two fully decompensated paranoid schizophrenics sitting in solitary confinement cells in my jails in Madison, Wis.

...

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Link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/most-depressed-adults-in-the-u-s-remain-untreated/

By Will Boggs MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most adults in the U.S. who screen positive for depression are not being treated for depression, according to results from Medical Expenditure Panel Surve...

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Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2016/08/25/the-connection-between-mental-stress-and-heart-disease-in-women/#13f6c3c84121

By Alice G. Walton
August 25, 2016

As if it weren’t stressful enough knowing that stress is bad for our health, a new study finds that for younger women in parti...

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Link: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/when-police-deal-with-people-who-have-mental-health-issues/

By Michael D. Thompson
August 28, 2016

You’ve undoubtedly heard about the recent report issued by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice condemning various police ...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/08/31/464727159/mental-health-in-schools-a-hidden-crisis-affecting-millions-of-students

By Meg Anderson and Kavitha Cardoza
August 31, 2016

You might call it a silent epidemic.

Up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental h...

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Link: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/clinton-proposes-plan-address-mental-health-treatment-41713261

By Ken Thomas
August 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton rolled out a comprehensive plan to address millions of Americans coping with mental illness, pointing to the need to fully integrate mental healt...

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Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/connecticuts-mental-health-system-is-being-strained-by-shortage-of-state-psychiatric-beds-1471535575

By Joseph De Avila
August 18, 2016

A shortage of state psychiatric beds is straining Connecticut’s mental-health system, many hospital executives say.

At Danbury...

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Link: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/desperate-distressed-traumatized-syrians-online-mental-health-care/story?id=41521309

By Zunaira Arshad
August 24, 2016

The ongoing violence in Syria has taken a physical and mental toll on many, including one 9-year-old boy, who began to look up "ways to commit su...

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Link: http://theweek.com/articles/643747/why-doctors-keep-killing-themselves

By Judith Graham
August 23, 2016

A sense of angst was rattling students at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. One of their peers had taken his life days before. Professor Mikel Snow felt the d...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/nyregion/a-suicidologists-new-challenge-the-george-washington-bridge.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=0

By Gabrielle Glaser
August 19, 2016

Madelyn Gould is a preternaturally sunny person. She has a broad, easy smile, a charming Brooklyn accent and an infectious lau...

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Link: http://californiahealthline.org/news/race-ethnicity-affect-kids-access-to-mental-health-care-study-finds/

By Shefali Luthra
August 22, 2016

One in five Americans is estimated to have a mental health condition at any given time. But getting treatment remains difficult — and it’s worse for ...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/minority-mental-health-statistics_us_57a4c099e4b021fd98787185

By Lindsay Holmes
August 19, 2016

Nearly one in five American adults will deal with a mental health issue in a given year. While research and advocacy have come a long way when it comes to mental...

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Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/291713-its-time-to-act-on- mental-health-legislation

By Maria A. Oquendo, M.D. President of the American Psychiatric Association
August 17, 2016

The last piece of legislation that President John F. Kennedy signed into law was the Community Men...

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Link: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/08/11/more-us-teens-may-be-facing-depress ion-heres-why.html

By Sara G. Miller
August 11, 2016

Across the U.S., there's been an uptick in the percentage of teens who are having episodes of depression, a new report finds.

From 2013 to 2014, about one in nine...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/08/18/world/asia/ap-as-afghanistan-ment al-health.html?_r=0

By Associated Press
August 18, 2016

KABUL, Afghanistan — Soheila Hashemi has hardly slept since a suicide bomber targeted a rally in the Afghan capital last month, killing more than 80 people a...

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Link: http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2016/08/16/whos-funding-mental-health-research -worldwide/

By Steven Wooding and Alexandra Pollitt
August 16, 2016

The field of mental health research worldwide is broad and fragmented. It covers a diversity of health conditions and is driven by a large and varie...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/13/489807468/psychiatrists-reminded-to-refrain-from-armchair-analysis-of-public-figures

By Bret Stetka
August 13, 2016

Earlier this week the American Psychiatric Association cautioned psychiatrists against taking part in a feverish new national...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/05/487909967/Npr.org/%20487909967

By Natalie Jacewicz
August 5, 2016

On the evening of March 8, 2016, 30-year-old Kyle Odom was arrested in Washington, D.C., for throwing objects over the White House fence. He'd traveled from Idaho, where aut...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/08/08/stop-calling-trump-crazy/?utm_term=.148641b46efb

By Patrick J. Kennedy
August 8, 2016

Is Donald Trump experiencing a mental illness? That’s one question making the rounds these days. The answer is: I don’t know. And neither d...

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Link:http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2016/08/10/suicide-prevention-access-to-behavioral-health-services-lacking/

By Ryan Mutter, Sean Lynch, Mir M. Ali, Brent Gibbons, Richard McKeon, and Christopher Carroll
August 10, 2016

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. From 2000 to 2014, ...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/09/health/psychiatrist-holistic-mental-health.html?_r=0

By Benedict Carey
August 8, 2016

HOLYOKE, Mass. — Some of the voices inside Caroline White’s head have been a lifelong comfort, as protective as a favorite aunt. It was the others — “you’re nothi...

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Link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-need-for-human-connection-in-digital-mental-health-care/

By Kasey Killam
August 9, 2016

In conventional mental health care, the therapist—such as a psychologist or counsellor—develops an ongoing relationship with the client that is characteri...

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Link: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/article92532597.html


By Cynthia Hubert
July 31, 2016


Mike Lehmkuhl crawled out from under the brush at his campsite near downtown Sacramento, where for months he had been sleeping on flattened cardboard boxes, eating scraps of fast food, h...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/02/486632201/guilty-but-mentally-ill-doesnt-protect-against-harsh-sentences


By Natalie Jacewicz
August 2, 2016


On the morning of May 14, 2013, while it was still dark, Suzanna Simpson strapped on a headlamp and shot her husband. She then shot ...

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Link: http://khn.org/news/gun-violence-and-mental-health-laws-50-years-after-texas-tower-sniper/


By Lauren Silverman
August 2, 2016


For some people, the attack on police officers by a gunman in Dallas this summer brought to mind another attack by a sniper in Austin 50 years ago — on Aug. 1, 1966...

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Link:http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/290110-reforming-our-broken-mental-health-system

By Jacob Izenberg, MD
August 2, 2016

There is a glimmer of hope for those suffering from serious mental illness. On July 6, the House of Representatives almost unanimously passed the Helping Fami...

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Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/affordable-care-act-mental-health-disparities/490220/

By Vann R. Newkirk II
August 4, 2016

Two of the groups that stood to gain the most from the passage of the Affordable Care Act were people of color, and people with mental, behavioral, a...

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Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/teen-brain-scans-offer-clues-to-timing-of-mental -illness/

Robert Preidt
July 29, 2016

Changes that occur in teens' brains as they mature may help explain why the first signs of mental illness tend to appear during this time, researchers report. British researchers...

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Link: http://www.concordmonitor.com/Judicial-branch-will-not-send-names-to-NICS-3668167

By Allie Morris
July 26, 2016

The New Hampshire Judicial Branch will not comply with the state attorney general's recent request to start reporting people with mental illness to the federal gun background check ...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/25/481765235/single-mom-s-search-for-therapist-hampered-by-insurance-companies

By April Dembosky
July 25, 2016

A 12-year-old boy named Strazh hangs from the monkey bars, staring at the ground. The other kids in the park in San Francisco aren't ...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/nation/sns-bc-us-med--alzheimers-behavior-20160724-story.html

By Lauran Neergaard
July 24, 2016

Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing - changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue.

Researchers on Sunday outlined a s...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/27/could-this-computer-game-delay-alzheimers-symptoms-new-study-suggests-it-could/

By Shayla Love
July 27, 2016

You're staring at a computer screen.

Two objects flash before your eyes, one directly in front of you, and the other off ...

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Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/toriutley/2016/07/27/the-importance-of-precision-medicine-in-mental-health/#10199e75e925

By Tori Utley
July 27, 2016

A one-size-fits-all approach to mental health treatment does not exist - it never has, and it most likely never will. Humans are undeniably complex,...

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Link: http://khn.org/news/diabetes-linked-to-risk-of-mental-health-hospitalization-in-young-adults-study/

By Michelle Andrews
July 22, 2016

Young people with diabetes were four times more likely to be hospitalized for mental health or substance use treatment in 2014 than were young adults without t...

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Link: http://californiahealthline.org/news/frustrated-you-cant-find-a-therapist-theyre-frustrated-too/

By April Dembosky
July 21, 2016

There are a lot of people suffering from a mental health condition who need therapy. And there are a lot of therapists who want to help them. But both sides believ...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/opinion/sunday/for-suicidal-veterans-a-frayed-lifeline.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=1

By The Editorial Board
July 16, 2016

Veterans make up 8.5 percent of America’s adult population but account for 18 percent of its suicides. In 2014, according to new data fr...

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Link: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2016-07-14/should-you-undergo-a-mental-health-evaluation-for-obesity

By Michael O. Schroeder
July 14, 2016

You’ve tried everything to cut weight. But it seems that no matter what you do, you always end up – late at night with ...

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Link: http://www.dailycal.org/2016/07/20/city-distributes-medication-vans-following-closure-mental-health-clinic/

By Winston Cho
July 20, 2016

Since the building which housed the Mental Health Adult Services Clinic closed June 27 because of a flea infestation, staff members have been distributing ...

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Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/tackling-workers-mental-health-one-text-at-a-time-1468953055

By Rachel Emma Silverman
July 19, 2016

Companies want employees to seek mental-health treatment when needed, so they are turning to a tool already in workers’ pockets: their smartphones.

As employers ...

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Link: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/psychology-experts-police-cope-fear-stress/story?id=40663991

By Dr. Shyam Sivasankar and Gillian Mohney
July 18, 2016

A spate of violence in recent weeks both by and against police officers has put a spotlight on the unique stressors police face across the countr...

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Link:  http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/287985-hopes-dim-for-mental-health-deal

By Peter Sullivan
July 17, 2016

Hopes are dimming for passage of a mental health bill in the Senate this year.

The House this month overcame years of delay to pass a mental health reform bill on a broad bipartisa...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-vietnamese-mental-health-20160711-snap-story.html

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil
July 12, 2016

When Vi Pham was growing up in Little Saigon, she noticed there was no way to say "mental health" in Vietnamese.

"When we say 'mental health,' it's usually assoc...

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Link: http://khn.org/news/busting-myths-about-mental-illness/

By Barbara Feder Ostrov
July 11, 2016

When Annie Powell, 35, was in the midst of a 72-hour manic episode in February 2013, she felt like Superwoman: productive and energetic. "I went to the gym for a 5:30 a.m. class, worked all day, came...

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Link: https://hbr.org/2016/07/how-we-rewrote-our-companys-mental-health-policy

By Kelsey Meyer
July 11, 2016

Imagine how you'd react if one of your employees crawled her way into your office with a broken leg or became visibly ill at her desk. You wouldn't ignore her physical health or tell her tha...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/classic-apps/to-reduce-suicides-look-at-guns/2016/07/13/4a16f914-492e-11e6-acbc4d4870a079da_story.html

By Kim Soffen
July 13, 2016

The last year has shined a harsh light on two distressing realities of American life. Mass shootings are becoming more common. And...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/08/us/suicide-rate-among-veterans-has-risen-sharply-since-2001.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=0

By Dave Philipps
July 7, 2016

The suicide rate among veterans has surged 35 percent since 2001, driven in part by sharp increases among those who have served since 2001, a...

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Link: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/obamacare-mental-health-225445

By Brianna Ehley

July 13, 2016

America’s mental health system is having a breakdown. Suicide rates are at a record high; drug addiction is epidemic. There aren’t enough therapists, particularly not enough who accept i...

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Link: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/health/alzheimers-risk-young-adults/index.html

By Jacqueline Howard
July 6, 2016

The risk for developing devastating Alzheimer's disease may be detectable in healthy adults younger than expected, and new studies reveal how.

Tests already exist to determine a gen...

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Link:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/07/07/veterans-suicides-young-men-women/86755132/

By Gregg Zorya
July 7, 2016

An average of 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014, a trend that reflects record high rates among young men fresh out of the military and growing numbers of women...

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Link:
http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2016/06/30/no-room-for-prevention-the-unintended-consequence-of-mental-health-stigma-reduction-efforts/

By John Westfall, Benjamin Miller, and Andrew Bazemore
June 30, 2016

Decades of societal and cultural misunderstanding leave mental health shrouded in judgement...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/02/484055668/community-based-care-can-reduce-the-stigma-of-mental-illness

By Jackie Goldstein
July 2, 2016

Mental illness has been part of human society throughout recorded history, but how we care for people with mental disorders has changed r...

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Link https://morningconsult.com/alert/cbo-house-mental-health-bill-reduce-medicaid-spending/

By Mary Ellen Mcintyre
July 5, 2016

A mental health bill expecting a vote in the House this week would likely reduce net direct Medicaid spending by $5 million between 2017 and 2026, according to the Congre...

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Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/house-to-vote-on-mental-health-bill-1467819834

By Louise Radnofsky
July 6, 2016

WASHINGTON-The House passed legislation Wednesday to overhaul the nation's mental health system, the first effort by lawmakers to specifically tackle federal policies on serious mental ...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/uncovered-california-community-college-students-quest-for-mental-health-services_us_57742736e4b042fba1cf003b

By Sasha Abramsky
June 29, 2016

On April 19, 35-year-old Sacramento City College student Rachel Wilson testified before the state Assembly’s high...

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Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2016/06/30/telemedicine-companies-see-mental-health-as-next-frontier/#7be161c095ac

By Bruce Japsen
June 30, 2016

Telemedicine companies that have been landing a flurry of new contracts with employers and insurers to provide less expensive and more conv...

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Link: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/06/25/children-victimized-mental-health-system-failures/cP5HpIz09qt1jBORASP3BL/story.html

By Yvonne Abraham
June 25, 2016

Was ever a bait-and-switch more cruel than this?

There is so much to anger and appall us in the new Spotlight Team investigation i...

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Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/06/24/crisis-text-line-takes-suicide-prevention-into-age-texting/83766122/

By Madison Park
June 25, 2016

The hardest part for Lily Rayne was feeling alone.

Rayne is deaf and didn’t grow up with sign language. When she had suicidal thoughts, she...

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Link: http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/06/24/61943/clinic-to-offer-veterans-alternative-to-va-mental/

By John Ismay
June 24, 2016

This September the University of Southern California will open a new mental health care clinic aimed at filling gaps in services for military veterans and their families...

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Link  http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/06/23/481764541/depressed-teen-s-struggle-to-find-mental-health-care-in-rural-california

By April Dembosky
June 23, 2016

There's a hot pink suitcase on the floor of Shariah Vroman-Nagy's bedroom. The 18-year-old is packing for a trip to Disneylan...

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Link: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/06/21/scientists-find-possible-ptsd-relief-in-retooled-muscle-relaxant.html

By Melinda Carstensen
June 21, 2016

An already-approved muscle relaxant may offer relief for U.S. military veterans and first responders suffering from combat-related post-traumatic ...

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Link: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/06/21/ray-light-dementia-long-shadow/8NUpZa6HPYaN950tJWkC7N/story.html

By Kay Lazar
June 22, 2016,

Joe Foley, a retired college English professor, confided to his doctor that he was "leaking vocabulary," struggling to find the right words. The diagnosis ...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-sheriff-mentally-ill-20160620-snap-story.html

By Cindy Chang
June 20, 2016

A slender young woman with brown hair stood on a Commerce street in early March, ignoring a driver's pleas to move.

She reached down and bent his front license plate, a...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-mentally-ill-inmate-snap-story.html

By Abby Sewell
June 19, 2016

Reginald Murray sat next to his mother for the first time in more than a year, under the alternately bored and watchful eyes of the guards in the visitors' room at Atascadero State H...

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Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-06-21/better-mental-health-care-is-worth-the-expense

By Editorial Board
June 21, 2016

When more than half of people who need mental health care can't or don't get it -- as is true in the U.S. -- other problems arise. For sufferers, these include phy...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/284426-house-to-vote-on-long-delayed-mental-health-bill-in-july

By Peter Sullivan
June 22, 2016

The House will vote on a long-delayed mental health reform bill in July, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) office said Wednesday.

The announcement is...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/06/09/heres-some-surprisingly-upbeat-news-about-depression/

By Colby Itkowitz
June 9, 2016

On the other side of depression, there is real hope for a full and happy life.

When people are in the midst of a deep depression, it certainly ...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/282920-faa-wont-test-pilots-for-mental-health-issues

By Melanie Zanona
June 9, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will not require airline pilots to be tested for psychological disorders but will instead encourage voluntary reporting and tr...

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Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/06/12/military-suicide-rates/85287518/

By Gregg Zorya
June 13, 2016

Seven years after the rate of suicides by soldiers more than doubled, the Army has failed to reduce the tragic pace of self-destruction, and experts worry the problem is a "new n...

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Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/06/13/second-wave-hurt-after-shooting-ends-ptsd/85828138/

By Gregg Zorya
June 13, 2016

Kathy Platoni can never forget the fatally wounded soldier who died in front of her during the mass shooting that left 13 dead at Fort Hood, Texas, seven years...

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Link: https://morningconsult.com/alert/murphy-thinks-mental-health-will-reach-house-floor-summer-recess/

By Mary Ellen Mintier
June 14, 2016

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is poised to mark up a long-stalled mental health bill on Wednesday, which lead sponsor Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) think...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/283584-house-panel-advances-long-delayed-mental-health-bill

By Peter Sullivan
June 15, 2016

A House committee on Wednesday advanced a long-controversial mental health reform bill, 53-0, that Republicans have cast as their response to mass shootings.

The ...

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Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/283064-moving-forward-on-mental-health-in-schools

By Dr. Harold Koplewicz
June 10, 2016

Tens of thousands of students miss out on education and increase their risk for unemployment, prison, and an early death because of our failure to value an...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/06/07/480285726/students-fill-a-gap-in-mental-health-care-for-immigrants 

By Michael Tomsic
June 7, 2016

Patricia Becerril comes to Bethesda Health Center in Charlotte, N.C., every other week. And it's a slog.

"It takes her two hours to get here...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/05/opinion/sunday/are-opioids-the-next-antidepressant.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=1 

By Anna Fels
June 4, 2016

ONE of the most painful experiences of being a psychiatrist is having a patient for whom none of the available therapies or medications work.

A while b...

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Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/as-suicide-rates-rise-scientists-find-new-warning-signs-1465235288?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=Newsletter 

By Andrea Petersen
June 7, 2016

Scientists are making headway in the search for solutions to one of the most vexing problems in menta...

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Link: http://khn.org/news/factors-beyond-coverage-limit-mental-health-care-access/

By Shefali Luthra
June 6, 2016

If you're one of the nearly 44 million Americans estimated to have a mental health condition, the 2010 health law is supposed to help you get treatment. Yet actually getting that help d...

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Link: http://time.com/4358295/violent-crimes-mental-illness/ 

By Alexandra Sifferlin
June 6, 2016

Despite the fact that most people with mental illness are never violent, news stories about violence often focus on whether a person's mental health problem was responsible, according to a new report....

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Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/too-many-news-stories-wrongly-link-violence-with-mental-illness/

By Ashley Welch
June 6, 2016

It's a common narrative put forth throughout the news media almost every time a mass shooting occurs: mental illness, at least partly, must have played a role in the viole...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/mental-health/282020-lawmakers-consider-adding-mental-health-bill-to-opioid

By Peter Sullivan
June 2, 2016

Lawmakers are considering adding a mental health reform bill to the work of a conference committee focused on opioid legislation, according to congr...

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Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/local/wp/2016/06/01/unwell-and-unashamed/?hpid=hp_no-name_stigma-1110a_1%3Ahomepage%2Fstory 

By Colby Itkowitz
June 1, 2016

For several years, she wrote about her bipolar disorder under a pseudonym. She described how she’d been hospitalized four times, twi...

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Link: http://time.com/4352592/nyc-mental-health-treatment/ 

By Mary T. Bassett
May 31, 2016

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, a time for reflection on our responsibility to conquer the stigma surrounding mental-health conditions. Although mental health issues are common and treatable, they...

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Link: http://mashable.com/2016/05/28/crisis-text-line/#PCs_EPo4gPqm

By Katie Dupere
May 28, 2016 

"He won't stop raping me. He told me not to tell anyone." In August 2011, teen-focused social change organization DoSomething.org received this startling text message. It wasn't rare for the nonprofit...

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Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/06/the-struggle-of-seeking-therapy-while-poor/484970/ 

By Olga Khazan
June 1, 2016

Last year, Decker Ngongang realized he needed to find a good therapist to help him with a lot of little stresses that were piling up. “I grew up in a single-par...

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Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/toriutley/2016/05/29/supporting-mental-health-efforts-beyond-the-month-of-may/#19eb4f365046

By Tori Utley
May 29, 2016 

May is mental health awareness month, and there’s no hiding that this has been a hot topic of discussion this year. According to the National...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/281418-senators-hope-for-deal-soon-on-mental-health-bill

By Peter Sullivan


May 26, 2016

Senators say they are optimistic that a bipartisan mental health reform bill can reach the Senate floor and pass soon, though they are still working out differences o...

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Link: http://californiahealthline.org/news/impact-of-millionaire-tax-to-fund-mental-health-care-still-hard-to-gauge/  

By Ana B. Ibarra
May 27, 2016

An 11-year-old statewide effort to expand mental health services with a tax on high incomes is helping many people, but there’s not enough hard dat...

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Link: http://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2016/05/23/single-moms-search-for-therapist-foiled-by-insurance-companies/

By April Dembosky
May 23, 2016

A 12-year-old boy named Strazh hangs from the monkey bars, staring at the ground. The other kids in the park aren't interested in him. And he's not inter...

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Link: http://californiahealthline.org/news/how-therapy-became-a-hobby-of-the-wealt hy-rather-than-a-necessity-for-the-mentally-ill/

By April Dembosky
May 26, 2016

There's something that really bothers Stanford psychiatry professor Keith Humphreys. When he thinks of all the years he spends training ...

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Link: http://time.com/4342089/mental-health-awareness/

By Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
May 20, 2016

We need a 'Girls' approach to discussing mental health in pop culture

"I'm so OCD." You have probably heard someone say this in everyday conversation. But what does he or she mean? Is this person admi...

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Link: http://www.vice.com/read/why-is-nature-actually-good-for-your-mental-health

By Lucy Jones
May 24, 2016

Have you ever come home from a day in the countryside and felt... better? Mood altered, anxiety soothed, mind hushed? It seems obvious that getting out of the clanging grind of the city ever...

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Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/toriutley/2016/05/24/the-rise-of-cognitive-technology-in-mental-health/#49e01f4d58fb

By Tori Utley
May 24, 2016

The question "How are you feeling?" is one of the more common inquiries of a person's life. Yet, mood has been difficult to quantify and understand throu...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-prop-63-revenue-bonds-20160522-snap-story.html

By The Times Editorial Board
May 21, 2016

There are nearly 47,000 homeless people living on the streets or in shelters in Los Angeles County. Their problems are all complex, but none are as challeng...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mental-competency-cases-20160525-snap-story.html

By Abby Sewell
May 25, 2016

Misdemeanor cases filed by city attorneys are driving a surge in competency cases that is overwhelming Los Angeles County's mental health court, according to a preliminary ...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/280980-house-panel-to-take-up-major-men tal-health-bill-in-june

By Peter Sullivan
May 23, 2016

The House Energy and Commerce committee will mark up a major mental health reform bill in June, panel spokeswoman Jennifer Sherman said Monday.

The bill from Re...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-inmates-judge-20160517-snap-story.html

By Gale Holland
May 18, 2016

A federal judge said Tuesday that a group of homeless people can continue to fight Los Angeles County in court over jail release policies that they claim perpetuate the cyc...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/05/16/477814218/attempted-fix- for-va-health-delays-creates-new-bureaucracy

By Quil Lawrence
May 16, 2016

Many veterans are still waiting to see a doctor.

Two years ago, vets were waiting a long time for care at Veterans Affairs clinics across t...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/17/upshot/you-mean-i-dont-have-to-show-up-the-promise-of-telemedicine.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=1

By Austin Frakt
May 16, 2016

Aside from whatever a visit to the doctor costs you in money, it also costs you in time. A lot of it.,

End to end, the travel and wait...

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Link: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/05/16/schools-confront-students-rising-mental-health-toll/J4nGkaSYW23qDbmQ2PmjLO/story.html

By James Vaznis
May 17, 2016

MARLBOROUGH - When 16-year-old Jasmin Duarte feels anxiety at Assabet Valley Technical Regional High School - often after lunchtime c...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/04/22/i-was-suicidal-after-my-first-childs-birth-until-an-unexpected-friendship-saved-me/

By Molly Jacobs James
April 22, 2016

Would I have survived if I hadn't crossed that street?

That thought comes to mind often now that I'm in rec...

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Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2016/05/13/blue-cross-plan-and-google-backed-startup-to-speed-mental-health-referrals/#88eb09a4483e

By Bruce Jansen
May 13, 2016

One of the nation's largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans has partnered with a behavioral health startup backed by Goog...

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Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2016/05/10/walgreens-expands-access-to-mental-health-services/#3e5f9f487747

By Bruce Japsen
May 10, 2016

Walgreens Boots Alliance will expand mental health services, including access to behavioral health treatment via telemedicine, to expand customer op...

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-recessions-economic-trauma-has-left-enduring-scars-1462809318

By Ben Leubsdorf
May 9, 2016

Gary Reece was earning six figures when he lost his tech-industry job in 2000. He was making about half his old salary when he was laid off again in 2008. Now 61 years old, une...

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Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2016/05/08/value-based-mental-health-may-be-gold-for-insurers/#3d0bcb2c7f9e

By Bruce Japsen
May 8, 2016

News that one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies is pursuing an evidence-based approach to substance abuse treatment and opioid add...

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By Nathaniel Weixel
May 6, 2016
 
Mental health advocates hope that a provision included in recent Medicaid managed care regulations will jump-start discussions in Congress about fixing a decades-old policy that limits Medi...

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Link: https://www.politicopro.com/health-care/story/2016/05/senates-mental-health-reform-effort-losing-steam-amid-shrinking-congressional-calendar-111911

 

By Brianna Ehley
May 10, 2016

Congress's plan to pass broad, bipartisan mental health reform - originally cast as a response to mass shootin...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/04/nyregion/studying-how-poverty-keeps-hurting-young-minds-and-what-to-do-about-it.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=0 

By Jim Dwyer  
May 3, 2016

The human brain begins as a neural tube that develops five weeks after conception. Years later, it is fully formed. On Tu...

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Link: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/04/29/mental-health-risks-arent-equal-among-all-gay-bisexual-men.html 

April 29, 2016

While gay and bisexual men are at higher risk for mental health issues than their straight counterparts, the risk is particularly high for young gay and bisexual men, a n...

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Link: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/us/flint-michigan-water-crisis-mental-health.html?emc=edit_th_20160501&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=66466282&referer 

By Abby Goodnough & Scott Atkinson  
April 30, 2016

FLINT, Mich. — Health care workers are scrambling to help the people here cope with wha...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-juvenile-solitary-20160503-story.html 

By Abby Sewell & Garrett Therolf May 3, 2016

Los Angeles County on Tuesday approved sweeping restrictions on the use of solitary confinement for juvenile detainees, joining a larger movement against a practic...

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Link: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-05-04/heres-what-obamacare-did-for-mental-health?src=usn_tw 

By Kimberly Leonard
May 4, 2016

People with psychological problems have been increasingly gaining health insurance coverage in recent years, but data in a study released Wednesday by the Ce...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/27/475908537/after-combat-stress-violence-can-show-up-at-home

By Quil Lawrence
April 27, 2016

 

Stacy Bannerman didn't recognize her husband after he returned from his second tour in Iraq.

"The man I had married was not the man that came bac...

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Link: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-04-26/spanking-kids-causes-mental-health-issues-study-shows

By Rachel Decker
April 26, 2016

 

How do you punish a child?

Spanking isn't the answer, according to a study conducted by experts at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of ...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/26/us/politics/john-kasich-brother.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=0

By Trip Gabriel
April 25, 2016

 

PITTSBURGH — Gov. John Kasich often speaks about mental health in his campaign for president. He has defended his decision to expand Medicaidin Ohio by highlight...

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Link: http://theweek.com/articles/617206/how-american-psychiatric-association-wants-transform-mental-health-care

By Julie Kliegman
April 25, 2016

 

As Technology advances, accessing mental health care is getting easier. Apps, for example, can help with everything from anxiety to providing suppor...

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Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/277534-mayors-must-do-more-on-mental-health

By Mayor Bill de Blasio and Mayor Mick Cornett
April 25, 2016

 

In 2014, one in five American adults experienced mental illness. Four in ten Americans report knowing someone who has been addicted t...

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Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/04/medical-religious-exemptions-doctors-therapists-mississippi-tennessee/478797/

By Emma Green
April 19, 2016

Being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is not a disease. It took a long time, but nearly all medical organizations now agree that...

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Link: http://time.com/4286829/mental-health-care-prisons/

By Nathaniel P. Morris
April 18, 2016

 

We should improve mental-health care in the correctional system

Last fall, I worked as a medical student on a psychiatric jail unit at Bellevue Hospital. We cared for patients with mental illness i...

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Link: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/nyc-listing-potentially-violent-mentally-ill-stirs-qualms-38473603

By Jake Pearson and Jennifer Peltz
April 18, 2016

 

When a homeless man was taken for a psychiatric evaluation because he argued with shelter police, doctors found no reason to commit him. ...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/inka-weissbecker/addressing-global-mental-_b_9705726.html

By Inka Weissbecker
April 18, 2016

 

Francis spent two years with his foot tied to a wooden log in a shed. He suffered from psychosis but his family was unable to help him because they had no knowledge o...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/15/474284559/a-son-in-chains-a-depressed-mom-heres-what-helped

By Nurith Aizenman
April 15, 2016

 

It was a hospital — but to psychologist Inka Weissbecker it looked more like a prison. She had come to South Sudan to check out the country'...

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Link: http://californiahealthline.org/news/state-economy-gains-by-reducing-the-stigma-of-mental-illness-study-says/

By Ana B. Ibarra
April 15, 2016

 

A statewide social marketing campaign to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness has brought economic benefit to California’s economy, ...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/11/473292576/parent-support-may-help-transgender-childrens-mental-health

By Gabriel Spitzer
April 11, 2016

Six-year-old Sophie says she has always known she's a girl. "I used to be Yoshi," she says. "But I didn't like being called Yoshi." And ...

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Link: http://www.capradio.org/articles/2016/04/12/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-mental-health-emergency-responder/

By Bob Moffitt
April 12, 2016

Cops don't just enforce the law. They must also find ways to peacefully resolve mental health emergencies. Reporter Bob Moffitt rides along with Sacramento poli...

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Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/04/12/who-better-mental-health-care-means-better-economy/82940732/ 

By Marissa Horn
April 12, 2016

Improving mental health care can have a huge economic payoff, according to a study released Tuesday. 

The World Health Organization findings suggest e...

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Link: http://californiahealthline.org/news/running-to-beat-schizophrenia/ 

By Ana B. Ibarra
April 7, 2016

For most of his life, Marco Tapia viewed exercise as a way to stay in shape. He played soccer growing up. It was recreation, and an opportunity to hang out with his friends.

But since Tapia ...

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Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/04/the-greek-island-taking-in-hundreds-of-thousands-of-refugees/476703/ 

By Shira Rubin
April 4, 2016 

MYTILENE, GREECE—Mira Aztil, a clinical psychologist with the Israeli NGO IsraAid, recalls the traumatic stories she’s heard from her re...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-internment-detention-20160411-story.html 

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske & Cindy Carcamo
April 11, 2016 

The metal fence was what she noticed first, miles of tall barrier topped by barbed wire strung across the south Texas pastures — just like the internment ...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/276052-gun-provisions-snag-mental-health-reform-bill 

By Peter Sullivan
April 12, 2016

The fight over gun control is threatening to scuttle a bipartisan mental health reform effort in the Senate as lawmakers rush to get the issue to the floor. 

Sen. Jo...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tennessee-lgbt-counseling_us_570c4c4de4b0836057a23d63 

By Marina Fang
April 11, 2016

Tennessee legislators on Monday passed a bill that could jeopardize access to mental health treatment for LGBT individuals, part of a string of recent anti-LGBT legislati...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-f-brand/post_11291_b_9595908.html 

By David F. Brand
April 4, 2016

When I began working as a case manager at a supportive housing site for formerly homeless adults with mental illness in East Harlem, I quickly noticed that the large majority of tenants ex...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/04/04/i-took-antidepressants-while-i-was-pregnant-it-wasnt-a-choice/ 

By Melisma Cox
April 4, 2016

I was nine months pregnant and I couldn’t stop crying. Pregnancy is an emotional time for any woman, but I carried additional concerns. ...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/03/31/theres-been-an-incredibly-powerful-response-to-these-stories-about-suicide-loss/

 

By Colby Itkowitz
March 31, 2016

 

In the past two months, three personal essays appeared on this blog that, while each uniquely told, shared...

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Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3516360/In-West-region-guns-suicide-outreach-curb-deaths.html

 

By Associated Press
April 2, 2016

 

MONTROSE, Colorado (AP) — Keith Carey is a gunsmith in Montrose, a town with a frontier flavor set amid the rocky mesas of western Colorado. He...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/la-na-mental-health-congress-20160406-story.html

 

By Noam N. Levey
April 6, 2016

 

Mental health advocates are pressing Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill not to abandon a push to modernize the nation's ailing mental health system amid risin...

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Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/sallysatel/2016/03/29/you-wont-believe-the-government-is-supporting-this-crackpot-mental-health-therapy/#2bc0de992773

By Sally Satel
March 29, 2016

As mental health reform makes its tortured way through Capitol Hill, one of the major sticking points is the fate o...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/octavio-n-martinez-jr/whats-at-stake-when-race -_b_9531080.html

By Octavio N. Martinez Jr. and Gregory Vincent
March 29, 2016

In 2009, a team of Duke University researchers set out to answer one of the thorniest questions at the intersection of mental health pol...

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Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/03/26/native-american-girls-fall-through-cracks/82214044/ 

By Teresa Wiltz
March 26, 2016

They're poor, more likely to be sexually abused, end up in foster care, drop out of school, become homeless. They're often the prey of traffickers.

Ameri...

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Link: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160329/NEWS/160329877

By Virgil Dickson
March 29, 2016

The CMS has finalized a rule that provides states and plans no flexibility in meeting requirements to provide Medicaid enrollees and children the same level of benefits for mental health or subst...

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Link: http://khn.org/news/presidents-task-force-aims-to-help-end-discrimination-in-mental-health-coverage/

By Jenny Gold
March 31, 2016

Tucked in remarks the president made Tuesday on the opioid epidemic was his announcement of a new task force on mental health parity - aimed at ensuring that peop...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/exercise-may-help-young-people-with-severe-mental-health-disorders_us_56f17728e4b03a640a6bd3b1

 

By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe
March 22, 2016

 

For young adults who have experienced severe mental health disorders, exercise may help reduce the severity of thei...

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Link: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/22/mental-health-support-group-pub-anxiety-depression-lets-go-mental

 

By Jessica Spires
March 22, 2016

 

A happy relationship, a good academic record, a great network of family and friends – these are the things that make most people yo...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/toxoplasmosis-mental-health_us_56f0642ae4b09bf44a9e2bb3

 

By Lindsay Holmes
March 23, 2016

 

In yet another reminder that mental health issues can result from physical ailments, a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that peop...

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Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2016/03/21/beyond-the-catchphrase/

 

By Amy Ellis Nutt
March 21, 2016

 

The computer screen and joystick are similar to those used with many virtual-reality games. It’s just that at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the players compete w...

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Link: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/21/health/bipolar-healthcare-parity/index.html

 

By Jenny Gold
March 21, 2016

 

In March 2010, Pam Lipp received the call she'd been dreading for months. She figured it would come from one of three places: the police, the hospital or the morgue. Instead, it was ...

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Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/03/long-haul-trucking-and-mental-health/474840/

 

By Anne Balay and Mona Shattell
March 22, 2016

 

Earlier this year, a truck driver known as “Maddog Trucker,” the owner of a popular trucking blog, took to his site to post some thoughts a...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/03/23/471265599/probing-the-complexities-of-transgender-mental-health

 

By Tara Haelle
March 24, 2016

 

Experiencing the world as a different gender than the one assigned to you at birth can take a toll. Nearly all research into transgender in...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/03/16/for-refugees-another-risk-schizophrenia/

By Elahe Izadi 
March 16, 2016

The trauma of fleeing persecution, war and natural disasters can leave a lasting mark on a person. And a new study underscores just how dramatic the effect of such life experiences can be for refugees.

Refugees face a much higher risk of experiencing psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, than native-born residents and other migrants, according to a study of 1.3 million people in Sweden.

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/opinion/sunday/the-neuroscientist-who-lost-her-mind.html

By Barbara K. Lipska 
March 12, 2016

As the director of the human brain bank at the National Institute of Mental Health, I am surrounded by brains, some floating in jars of formalin and others icebound in freezers. 

As part of my work, I cut these brains into tiny pieces and study their molecular and genetic structure. My specialty is schizophrenia, a devastating disease that often makes it difficult for the patient to discern what is real and what is not. I examine the brains of people with schizophrenia whose suffering was so acute that they committed suicide. I had always done my work with great passion, but I don't think I really understood what was at stake until my own brain stopped working.

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Link: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/why-therapists-should-talk-politics/?_r=1&mtrref=undefined&assetType=opinion&mtrref=opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com&assetType=opinion

By Richard Brouillette 
March 15, 2016

"I'm meeting my boss later," my patient said. "I'm worried she's going to tell me I'm not pulling my weight, and that I should volunteer to work more hours to show my commitment."

This tension had been building at her job for months, and she feared that there would be a tacit threat in this meeting: work longer hours, uncompensated, or we will push you out. She was already finding it hard to spend so much time away from home. But she couldn't afford to risk unemployment.

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Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-smartphone-health-5227a81a-ea06-11e5-a9ce-681055c7a05f-20160314-story.html

By Aleksandra Gjorgievska 
March 14, 2016

While more and more people use their smartphone to ask health-related questions, a new study found that conversational agents like Siri come up short when it comes to responding to serious issues involving mental health.

More than 60 percent of adult smartphone owners in the United States use their device for health information. But a study by the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University School of Medicine found that Siri and other smartphone artificial intelligence assistants trivialized some important inquiries or weren't able to provide appropriate information especially when it came to questions about rape and domestic violence.

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/14/world/europe/germanwings-crash-inquiry-urges-stricter-oversight-of-pilots-mental-health.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=0

By Nicola Clark 
March 13, 2016

LE BOURGET, France - French aviation officials on Sunday called for stricter international monitoring of the mental health of pilots and for guidelines that could require doctors to report pilots whose psychological condition might imperil public safety.

The recommendations were part of a report by French accident investigators into the deliberate crash last year of a Germanwings jetliner by its co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz. The inquiry found that doctors had prescribed Mr. Lubitz powerful antidepressants and sleeping pills in the month leading up to the disaster and that at least one had urged that he be hospitalized for a possible psychotic disorder.

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Link: https://morningconsult.com/2016/03/lawmakers-confront-an-80-billion-problem-for-fixing-mental-health/

By Caitlin Owens 
March 16, 2016

Congress has plenty of big-ticket battles to fight in the coming months. When it comes to a bipartisan mental health bill that eventually will be on the Senate floor, finding the money to get rid of a policy that most agree is flawed that could be the biggest problem.

The Senate Health, Energy, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Wednesday unanimously passed a mental health and substance abuse package that didn't address the issue. Several senators said they wanted to get rid of an old Medicaid regulation that prohibits federal funds for clinics with more than 16 beds treating mental health and substance abuse patients. Originally created to deinstitutionalize mental health care, members argue now that it creates a barrier to providing Medicaid services for behavioral treatment outside of hospitals.

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/272712-week-ahead-senate-turns-to-mental-health-bill

By Peter Sullivan and Sarah Ferris
March 14, 2016

After the near-unanimous passage of last week's drug abuse bill, the Senate Health Committee is now beginning work on a mental health bill that it also hopes will pass this year.

The committee will hold its markup on Wednesday, just a week after introducing the bipartisan measure. The bill diverges sharply from a years-old House mental health reform bill from Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), raising questions about how lawmakers will bridge the divide.

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Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-mystery-of-when-to-stop-antidepressants-1457377316

By Andrea Petersen

March 7, 2016

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to commission a report by county law enforcement, public defenders and mental health workers on the dramatic, unexplained increas...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/03/03/its-not-just-sadness-happiness-can-break-your-heart-too/

By Elahe Izadi
March 3, 2016

Sadness can weigh on you quite dearly, and sometimes a particularly sad or stressful event can trigger what's known as "broken heart syndro...

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Link: http://pix11.com/2016/03/08/how-nyc-is-tackling-the-mental-health-crisis/

By PIX11 Report 
March 8, 2015

The city's mental health crisis is making headlines again.
 
Police say 23-year-old James Dillon went on a deadly one man crime spree in Astoria, Queens, killing a beloved businessm...

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Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/03/psychologys-replication-crisis-cant-be-wished-away/472272/

By Ed Yong
March 4, 2016

Last August, I wrote about a large initiative called the Reproducibility Project, led by Brian Nosek from the University of Virginia. The project members col...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/272212-house-mental-health-bill-author-slams-senate-bill

By Peter Sullivan
March 8, 2016

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), the author of mental health legislation in the House, is sharply criticizing a new bipartisan measure in the Senate.  

Murphy accused the s...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/272173-senate-panel-releases-bipartisan-mental-health-bill

By Peter Sullivan
March 8, 2016

Leaders of the Senate Health Committee released a bipartisan mental health bill late Monday evening that, while narrower than House legislation, seeks to jump start...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lapd-shot-mentally-ill_us_56d617b5e4b0871f60ed1e3b

By Sharon Berstein

March 1, 2016

More than a third of people hit by Los Angeles police officers' gunfire last year had indications of mental illness, double the prior year, according to a report on the u...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/emily-grossman/peering-in-a-look-at-mental-health-peer-providers-and-how-they-help-people-recover_b_9350182.html

By Emily Grossman

March 1, 2016

Kids seem to have a sixth sense. At least that was my experience of them while teaching middle school about a decad...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/countygovernment/la-me-foster-care-last-resort-20160301-story.html

By Garrett Therolf
March 1, 2016

The waiting rooms for foster youths with nowhere else to go opened with great fanfare several years ago.

Known as Youth Welcome Centers, they were hailed by Los A...

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Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/270753-centers-of-excellence-for-veterans-far-from-an-excellent-idea

By Garry J. Augustine
February 26, 2016

 
Unquestionably, the system for providing healthcare to more than 6 million of America’s 22 million veterans needs to be refor...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-mental-health-court-20160229-story.html

By Abby Sewell
February 28, 2016

The morning calendar in Department 95 was busy, as usual.
 
Housed in a nondescript brick building on an industrial stretch of San Fernando Road in Cypress Park, the co...

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Link: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/25/more-overdose-deaths-from-anxiety-drugs/?_r=1

By Roni Caryn Rabin
February 25, 2016

Fatal prescription-drug overdoses in the United States have increased sharply in recent years. But while most of the deaths have involved opioid painkillers like oxyco...

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Link: http://californiahealthline.org/news/latino-youth-in-california-see-significant-rise-in-psychiatric-hospitalizations/

By Jocelyn Wiener
February 19, 2016

 

Psychiatric hospitalizations of Latino children and young adults in California are rising dramatically — at a much faster pace than ...

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Link: http://nymag.com/following/2016/02/

By Julia Carpenter
February 22, 2016

 

Getting into therapy is a big deal. You have to confront your own internal turmoil. You have to research therapists and counselors and group sessions. You have to budget the money to pay for it. You figure out if yo...

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Link: http://californiahealthline.org/news/bridging-the-gap-between-medical-and-mental-health-care/

By Anna Gorman
February 23, 2016

Even on her worst days, Tracy Young goes to her appointments at the San Fernando Mental Health Center. The counseling and medication, she says, keep her depression a...

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Link: http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/where-2016-candidates-stand-mental-health-issues-n524826

By Rachel Witkin
February 24, 2016

 

Nearly one in five Americans experience mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. But in an election cycle often do...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/20/us/veterans-seek-greater-emphasis-on-ptsd-in-bids-to-upgrade-discharges.html 

By Dave Philipps
February 19, 2016

 

WASHINGTON — Kristofer Goldsmith was discharged from the Army at the height of the Iraq war because he was not on a plane to Baghdad for...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/17/study-smoking-pot-doesnt-make-you-anxious-or-depressed/

 

By Christopher Ingraham

February 17, 2016

New research published today in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found that using marijuana as an adult is not associated with a variety o...

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Link: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2016/02/15/calls-veterans-suicide-hotline-went-voice-mail-report-says/80409966/

By Patricia Kime

February 15, 2016

 

At least 23 veterans, troops or family members who called the Veterans Crisis Line in fiscal 2014 were transferred to a voicema...

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Link:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/02/18/rand-study-military-ptsd-depression/80339552/

By Gregg Zoroya

February 18, 2016

The U.S. military is struggling to provide adequate therapy sessions for thousands of active-duty troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depr...

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Link: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160211/NEWS/160219973

By Shannon Muchmore

February 11, 2016

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's leadership is working with the White House to draft a mental-health reform bill.

Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rankin...

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Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/02/mental-health-first-aid/462414/

By Meagan Morris

February 12, 2016

Here’s a thought experiment: You’re walking down the street with a friend when your companion falls and gashes her leg on the concrete. It’s bleeding; she’s in pain....

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Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/adderall-misuse-rising-among-young-adults/

By Amy Kraft

February 16, 2016

The stimulant Adderall, widely prescribed for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is the drug of choice misused by students and young professionals who believe they need it to...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/michelle-obama/lets-change-the-conversation-around-mental-health_b_9245816.html

By Michelle Obama

February 17, 2016

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been a passionate voice on so many important issues, and I'm grateful that she is using her da...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mona-shattell/with-no-state-budget-comm_b_9190914.html

By Mona Shattell

February 9, 2016

No one disputes the danger of texting while driving. In a very short time, we've grasped the undeniable truth of this claim. 

Here's another claim, equally true and equa...

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Link: http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/02/10/57380/city-of-industry-sheriff-s-deputies-take-mental-he/

February 10, 2016

Sheriff's deputies in the City of Industry are taking part in a mental health training program that provides hands-on training with autistic teens. 

Wednesday was the fifth of s...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/11/health/education-may-cut-dementia-risk-study-finds.html?ref=health&_r=0

By Pam Belluck
February 10, 2016

The risk of developing dementia is decreasing for people with at least a high school education, according to an important new study that suggests that ch...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-depression-screening-teens-20160208-story.html

By Melissa Healy
February 8, 2016

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians ro...

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Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/concussion-linked-to-higher-risk-of-suicide/

By Dennis Thompson
February 8, 2016

Average people who suffer a concussion may be three times more likely to commit suicide years after their brain injury, a new Canadian study suggests.
 
Further, the long-term ri...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-house-veteran-suicide-education-story.html

By Sarah D. Wire
February 10, 2016

Under a House bill passed Tuesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs would have to look closely at whether its mental health and suicide prevention programs meet the needs...

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Link: http://www.behavioral.net/blogs/ron-manderscheid/taking-action-federal-behavioral-healthcare-legislation

February 4, 2016
By Ron Manderscheid, PhD

When we returned from this past holiday season, which now seems very long ago, we were quite pleasantly surprised to learn that Senator Lamar Ale...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/268946-gun-politics-flares-up-in-mental-health-push

By Peter Sullivan
February 10, 2016

 
Partisan tensions over gun control popped up during a Senate hearing on mental healthcare reform Wednesday, threatening the effort to find a bipartisan path forw...

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Link: http://www.voanews.com/content/global-mental-illness-widespread-undercounted-study/3179028.html

By Jessica Berman
February 5, 2016

The number of people living with mental illness worldwide is underestimated by more than a third, according to researchers at Harvard University and King's Colle...

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Link: http://californiahealthline.org/news/are-californias-mental-health-dollars-helping-kids/ 

By David Gorn
February 3, 2016

California schools get hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the state to identify and assist disabled children who have mental health problems.

But we don’t kno...

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Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/02/03/feds-study-funding-social-services-despite-data/78651738/ 

By Jayne O’Donnell
February 3, 2015

BALTIMORE — The Obama administration is working to build evidence supporting increased federal and state spending on anti-violence, social ...

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Link:https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2016/02/03/erasing-stigma-mental-health-issues-work/EZTTWbygpaqLshnP0JfehL/story.html 

By Wendy Killeen
February 3, 2016

Heightened stress on the job, a dip in productivity, absenteeism — all can indicate an employee is dealing with emotion...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/267868-dems-introduce-alternative-to-gop-led-mental-health-bill

By Peter Sullivan
February 2, 2016

 

A group of House Democrats on Tuesday introduced their own mental health reform bill as they call for changes to a Republican-led measure working its wa...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/01/health/new-plan-to-treat-schizophrenia-is-worth-added-cost-study-says.html?partner=bloomberg 

By Benedict Carey
February 1, 2016

A new approach to treating early schizophrenia, which includes family counseling, results in improvements in quality of life tha...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/01/27/464324938/would-you-tell-the-world-you-have-schizophrenia-on-youtube 

By Angus Chen
January 28, 2016

When she was 22, Rachel Star Withers uploaded a video to YouTube called "Normal: Living With Schizophrenia." It starts with her striding a...

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Link: http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2016-01-25/mentally-ill-mans-deadly-shooting-fits-troubling-pattern  

By Michael Kunzelman and Janet McConnaughey
January 25, 2016

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) — On the day her son was killed, Barbara Noel saw familiar signs that the 32-year-old needed ...

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Link: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/25/health/gun-violence-mental-health-issue/ 

By Emanuella Grinberg
January 25, 2016

If there's anything both sides of America's heated and polarizing gun debate may agree on, it's the need to keep firearms out of the hands of people with serious mental illness.

T...

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Link: http://www.statnews.com/2016/01/27/schizophrenia-gene-discovery/ 

By Sharon Begley
January 27, 2016

Schizophrenia may be caused by a gene that sends the immune system into overdrive, according to a surprising finding reported Wednesday that outside scientists hailed as “remarkable,” “...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/01/27/scientists-open-the-black-box-of-schizophrenia-with-dramatic-genetic-finding/ 

By Amy Ellis Nutt
January 27, 2016

For the first time, scientists have pinned down a molecular process in the brain that helps to trigger schi...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-screen-adults-pregnant-postpartum-depression-20160126-story.html 

By Melissa Healy
January 28, 2016

In a sign that the treatment of depression is shifting to the mainstream of American medical care, a federal panel has recommended that gen...

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Link: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/01/19/stigma-damaged-veteran-barrier-to-treatment-as-suicides-claim-more-us-troops.html

By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
January 19, 2016

While other families were looking forward to the holidays, Rachel Clinger was awaiting news of her husband, who had disappear...

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Link:http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-guidelines-california-assisted-suicide-law-20160120-story.html

By Patrick McGreevy
January 19, 2016

With  the state’s assisted death law taking effect in months, the California Medical Assn. on Tuesday issued guidelines to physicians on writing pre...

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Link: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160120/NEWS/160129996

By Shannon Muchmore
January 20, 2016

 

Lawmakers and mental health advocates agreed during a Senate hearing Wednesday that Medicaid should pay for short-term stays at residential mental health facilities as part of the broader...

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Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/brain-training-for-anxiety-depression-and-other-mental-conditions-1453144315

By Andrea Petersen
January 18, 2016

A new treatment for psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety uses real-time scans to show patients how their brains go awry—and how to fix t...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-crisis-center-20160119-story.html

By Abby Sewell
January 19, 2016

At the psychiatric urgent care center in Boyle Heights, a young woman wearing a nightgown knelt in a corner, praying in Spanish.

A repeat visitor, the woman had been picked up by ...

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Link: http://scvnews.com/2016/01/08/antonovich-says-homeless-strategy-must-emphasize-mental-health-services/

By Associated Press
January 8, 2016

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has again declared that any strategy to address the homelessness problem must emphasize mental health services.

“Ment...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/virginias-mental-health-system-is-wasting-away/2016/01/07/d143e3ee-b4cc-11e5-a842-0feb51d1d124_story.html

 

By Editorial Board
January 7, 2016

THERE WAS scant attention paid last month when, in unveiling his $100 billion two-year budget for Virginia,...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/13/opinion/where-police-violence-encounters-mental-illness.html?partner=bloomberg%20&_r=2

 

By Matthew Epperson
January 13, 2016

 

NEARLY 20 years ago, I was a social worker in a county jail where I first began to understand just how frequently the police d...

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Link: http://www.registercitizen.com/opinion/20160109/us-sen-chris-murphy-our-broken-mental-health-system-hits-home

By Senator Chris Murphy
January 9, 2016

 

Thirteen years ago, things started unraveling for Betsy and her then-15-year-old son, John. He was in and out of the hospital, often for w...

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Link: https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2016/01/11/ebehavioral/9uB5INNuYVA8HIq2q37WCK/story.html

By Joseph P. Kennedy III
January 11, 2016

GLOBAL PAYMENT systems are the way of the future in health care reimbursement. They compensate doctors and hospitals based on how well their patie...

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Link: http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-america/education/schools-poor-areas-have-more-students-with-mental-health-needs

By Leah Askarinam
January 13, 2016

 

Nearly forty per­cent of youth who needed men­tal health care between 2011-12 didn’t re­ceive the ne­ces­sary treat­ment, ac­co...

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Link: http://www.healthcaredive.com/news/why-mental-health-advocates-are-concerned-over-obamas-gun-control-actions/411840/

By Nina Flanagan
January 11, 2016

After President Obama announced his executive orders on gun control last week, the majority of mental health advocates applauded the propos...

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Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/264842-for-the-mental-and-physical-health-of-students 

By Bernadette Melnyk
January 6, 2016

American high schools are witnessing an increasing population of young people who are unhappy, in poor physical health and unable to visualize a future that is particularly bright. This may sound like a particularly ominous outlook; however, it’s a reality we must face if we are going to improve the prospects of advancement for our nation’s youth.

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/01/04/459990844/were-thinking-about-adhd-all-wrong-says-a-top-pediatrician 

By Anya Kamenetz
January 4, 2016

Diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are up around 30 percent compared with 20 years ago. These days, if a 2-year-old won't sit still for circle time in preschool, she's liable to be referred for evaluation, which can put her on track for early intervention and potentially a lifetime of medication.

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/01/04/trying-to-make-mental-health-first-aid-as-familiar-as-cpr/ 

By Lenny Bernstein
January 4, 2015

If someone suddenly collapsed and appeared to be having a heart attack, you wouldn't just walk on by, right? You'd at least call 911. You'd likely stay with the person while the ambulance was coming. And if you were trained, you might even start CPR. Chances are that human decency would motivate you to do something.

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Link: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/12/31/study-warns-of-looming-mental-health-crisis-for-black-college-students  

By Lauren Camera
December 31, 2015

As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs an affirmative action case that's sparked controversial debate over whether African-American students can succeed at elite universities, a new study shows that those who do may be doing so at the risk of their own health.

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/12/30/461400692/patient-privacy-isn-t-safeguarded-at-veterans-medical-facilities

By Annie Waldman
December 30, 2015

When Anthony McCann opened a thick manila envelope from the Department of Veterans Affairs last year, he expected to find his own medical records inside.

Instead, he found over 250 pages of deeply revealing personal information on another veteran's mental health.

"It had everything about him, and I could have done anything with it," McCann said in an interview.

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Link: http://blogs.rollcall.com/news/gop-sidesteps-obama-mental-health-proposal/?dcz 

By Bridget Bowman
January 5, 2015

Bypassing Congress on new rules for gun purchases, President Barack Obama Tuesday offered GOP lawmakers exactly what they have been asking for: expanded access to mental health services. But Republicans, angered by his unilateral actions, didn’t bite.

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/264712-obama-administration-tackles-privacy-concerns-with-gun-background-checks

By Sarah Ferris
January 4, 2016

The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for people to pass along mental health records for people legally banned from owning a firearm. 

Some health providers, courts and state officials have been hesitant to share records because of strict privacy laws. As a result, the federal background check system, known as the NCIS, has significant gaps on people disqualified from owning guns because of mental illnesses. 

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Link:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/01/06/mental-health-legislation-complicated-by-gun-control-debate/ 

By Karoun Demirjian
January 6, 2016

For a long time, the Republican response to more gun control was to double down on calls for better mental-health services to catch disturbed shooters who shouldn’t have access to guns.

But the renewed focus on gun control in the wake of President Obama’s proposals may just exacerbate existing tensions on mental-health efforts that advocates hoped would gain momentum in 2016.

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Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/12/ptsd-secondary-trauma/420282/

By Aaron Reuben
December 14, 2015

Michael was not in New York on September 11, 2001. But for years afterwards, when an elevator opened at work, he would imagine people on fire rushing out, their screams filling t...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/16/opinion/dont-blame-mental-illness-for-gun-violence.html?_r=1

By Editorial Board
December 15, 2015

Those who oppose expanded gun-control legislation frequently argue that instead of limiting access to guns, the country should focus on mental health problems.

...

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Link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/antidepressants-in-pregnancy-tied-to-autism/?WT.mc_id=SA_WR_20151216

By Lisa Rapaport
December 14, 2015

(Reuters Health) - Women who take antidepressants during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with autism, a Canadian study suggests.

Th...

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Link: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29256187/california-courts-propose-stepped-up-oversight-psychotropics-prescribed

 

By Karen de Sa
December 16, 2015

Driven by new legislation and a motivation to create more meaningful oversight, California's courts are calling for far more justi...

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Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2015/12/10/health-care/mental-heath-services-are-paying-california

 

by Tony Wagner
December 10, 2015 

As college campuses nationwide try and cope with increased demand for mental heath services, one study found the investment is paying off for California.

The ...

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Link: http://blogs.rollcall.com/news/why-mental-health-bill-isnt-moving-in-congress/?dcz=

 

By Bridget Bowman
December 16, 2015

 

“We have to do it now,” Rep. Tim Murphy said on the House floor, urging Congress to act on his mental health system overhaul legislation in the wake of another ...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-boxing-wbc-cares-leo-santa-cruz-sulaiman-20151215-story.html

By Lance Pugmire
December 16, 2015

 

Leo Santa Cruz used to live in his family’s living room along with his three brothers, had little to eat, and had to trudge 10 miles to pract...

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Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/12/10/people-mental-illness-16-times-more-likely-killed-police/77059710/

By Liz Szabo
December 10, 2015

At a time of heightened concern over police shootings, a new report estimates that people with mental illness are 16 times more likely than others t...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/04/458458063/army-says-it-will-review-cases-of-dismissed-soldiers-with-mental-health-problems

By Daniel Zwerdling 
December 4, 2015

 

The acting secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning, promises to conduct a "thorough, multidisciplinary review" t...

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Link: http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/08/depression-doctors-training/

By Megan Thielking
December 8, 2015

Newly minted doctors embarking on the intense clinical training known as residency are at unusually high risk for depression.
 
Nearly 29 percent of residents worldwide will experience de...

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Link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/brain-study-seeks-roots-of-suicide/?WT.mc_id=SA_WR_2015120

By Sara Reardon
December 4, 2015

Suicide is a puzzle. Fewer than 10% of people with depression attempt suicide, and about 10% of those who kill themselves were never diagnosed with any ment...

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Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/262340-use-a-treatment-for-ptsd-that-actually-works

By Col. Brian Rees (ret.), MD, MPH, David O'Connell, PhD, and David Leffler, PhD
December 8, 2015 

Primary treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as Prolonged Exposure ...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/262192-after-shootings-gop-pivots-to-mental-health

By Peter Sullivan
December 6, 2015

Republican leaders are turning to mental health reform in response to a pair of mass shootings in recent days, putting new focus on getting a bill passed despite concern...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/262350-survey-8-in-10-us-doctors-feel-unprepared-to-treat-severely-mentally-ill

By Sarah Ferris
December 7, 2015

More than eight in 10 family doctors in the U.S. say they are not adequately prepared to care for severely mentally ill patients, according to...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/12/08/three-years-after-sandy-hook-more-states-cut-mental-health-funding/

By Lena H. Sun
December 8, 2015

Three years after the Sandy Hook mass shooting prompted public demands for mental health care reform, an increasing number of s...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-problem-with-obamacares-mental-health-parity-measure/2015/11/27/f2c5fcfc-952b-11e5-a2d6-f57908580b1f_story.html 

By Dana Milbank 
November 27, 2015

Obamacare expanded health insurance to millions of Americans. But what good is insurance if there a...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/26/opinion/treating-mental-illness-in-new-york-from-all-angles.html?_r=0 

By The Editorial Board
November 25, 2015

As too many people know only too well, mental health is a world of unmet needs and untold suffering. Society’s ability to identify and treat e...

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Link: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/policy-dose/2015/11/30/treating-psychosis-early-is-a-mental-health-game-changer 

By Mary Giliberti
November 30, 2015

What if we could dramatically change the trajectory of a young person's life by identifying psychosis early? It turns out we can, but o...

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Link: http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/dec/01/for-mentally-ill-children-emergency-room-visits-ar/

By Jackie Valley
December 1, 2015

As Dr. Jay Fisher enters Patient Room 12, a 14-year-old boy with curly, brown hair smiles sheepishly from the bed. Dressed in a green hospital gown, he’s quiet — c...

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ink: http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20151123/la-countys-mentally-ill-inmates-need-more-support-at-release-attorneys-charge 

By City News Service
November 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Attorneys for mentally ill and transient former county jail prisoners are expected to argue before a judge tod...

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Link: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/mental-health-gun-control-nra-216221

By Brianna Ehley
November 27, 2015

A sweeping mental health overhaul cast as a congressional response to gun violence is running afoul of ... gun control.

Even before word came of the latest mass shooting in San Ber...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-paul-tonko/why-equating-mental-illness-with-violence-harms-us-all_b_8699594.html 

By Rep. Paul Tonko
December 3, 2015

We too often forget that those struggling with mental illness are constantly forced to fight a battle on two fronts. Not only do they have...

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Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-new-york-initiative-to-promote-mental-health-1447813779?alg=y&cb=logged0.11785705516394024 

By Thomas MacMillan
November 17, 2015

Doctors in New York City will soon be asking new mothers some extra questions during medical visits. Along with “How’s your bab...

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Link: https://www.yahoo.com/health/are-mental-health-apps-using-sketchy-science-to-203927160.html 

By Sabrina Rojas Weiss
November 18, 2015

They promise to make you less anxious. They promise to make you focus on the positive. They promise to help you meditate and make you happier. The claims fro...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/260280-ryan-points-to-mental-health-bill-as-response-to-gun-violence 

By Peter Sullivan
November 16, 2015

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says he is pushing a mental health bill from Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) as a response to gun violence. Ryan was asked in an ...

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Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/11/a-newspaper-and-a-new-kind-of-mental-health-treatment/415710/ 

By Cari Romm
November 13, 2015

On a 17-acre plot adjacent to the University of Alabama were a farm, a corn crib, a stable, and a building to house the people who kept all of thos...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-1119-county-lawsuit-20151119-story.html

By Hailey Branson-Potts
November 18, 2015

A federal lawsuit filed by civil rights attorneys Wednesday accuses Los Angeles County of illegally denying mentally ill homeless people access to general relief, t...

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Link: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Kaiser-mental-health-workers-plan-to-strike-Monday-6634367.php?t=58bac0daf800af33be&cmpid=twitter-premium

By Kevin Schultz and Emily Green
November 15, 2015

Nearly 1,400 Kaiser mental health workers in Northern California in a dispute with the giant...

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Link: http://www.stripes.com/news/new-private-hospital-network-to-help-va-with-mental-health-care-for-veterans-1.377450

By Dianna Cahn
November 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — With too many wounded servicemembers struggling to get timely and consistent mental health care at the Department of Veterans Affai...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/11/11/the-va-treated-my-ptsd-all-wrong/ 

By David J. Morris
November 11, 2015

The first time I saw war up close was in May 2004, on a reporting trip to Iraq where I watched the first battle of Fallujah winding down. I had resigned my com...

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Link: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Kaiser-mental-health-workers-set-to-strike-Nov-16-6613986.php

By Kevin Schultz
November 5, 2015

Nearly 1,400 Kaiser mental health workers in Northern California will walk off their jobs Nov. 16 to protest what union officials say are too few mental healt...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-higher-learning-mental-health-20151110-story.html

By Carla Rivera
November 10, 2015

It's early in the semester of your English literature course and one of your students has already missed four classes. The student seems fatigued and out of sorts, ...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/11/02/452658644/what-happens-if-you-try-to-prevent-every-single-suicide 

By Joanne Silberner
November 2, 2015

Each year, nearly three times as many Americans die from suicide as from homicide. More Americans kill themselves than die from breast ...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/03/health/small-towns-face-rising-suicide-rates.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=1 

By Laura Beil
November 3, 2015

LARAMIE, WYO. — After her family moved from suburban New Hampshire to the wind-whipped plains of southeastern Wyoming, Monica Morin embraced small-tow...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/10/30/mental-health-advocates-request-scrutiny-of/

By Carolyn Y. Johnson
October 30, 2015 

Advocates are asking regulators to carefully scrutinize two massive health insurance mergers to make sure they won't harm some of the most vulnerab...

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Link: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article42716511.html 

By Rep. Doris Matsui
November 3, 2015

Last month, we read the heartbreaking story of Genny, a homeless Sacramento woman who tragically passed away on the streets. Genny’s story and the many stories like hers stir emotions a...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/259214-mental-health-reform-bill-advances-after-clash 

By Peter Sullivan
November 4, 2015

A House panel on Wednesday advanced a sweeping mental health reform bill after a fiery debate where Democrats objected that they had been cut out of the process.

T...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/259029-gop-changes-mental-health-bill-seeking-dem-support

By Peter Sullivan
November 3, 2015

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) on Tuesday introduced an updated version of his sweeping mental health reform legislation that seeks to allay some of Democrats’ concern...

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Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/28/us-usa-syrians-refugees-idUSKCN0SM18L20151028 

By Megan Cassella and Serena Maria Daniels
October 28, 2015

More than 20 years after Saddam Hussein's soldiers in Iraq killed his brother in front of him, Ali Alghazally still suffers from night terrors...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/2015/10/28/451146230/missed-treatment-soldiers-with-mental-health-issues-dismissed-for-misconduct

By Daniel Zwerdling
October 28, 2015

Staff Sgt. Eric James, an Army sniper who served two tours in Iraq, paused before he walked into a psychiatrist's office at Fort Carson, C...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/10/25/451169292/could-depression-be-caused-by-an-infection 

By Bret Stetka
October 25, 2015

Sometime around 1907, well before the modern randomized clinical trial was routine, American psychiatrist Henry Cotton began removing decaying teeth from...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-1022-homeless-discharge-20151023-story.html 

By Gale Holland
October 22, 2015

Thousands of people stream out of Los Angeles county jails, foster homes, hospitals and state prisons with no place to go, overwhelming efforts to stem the rise in hom...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/10/21/450553208/what-to-do-with-californias-mentally-ill-defendants?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=healthcare 

By Scott Shafer
October 21, 2015

In 2010, Rodney Bock was arrested for carrying a loaded gun into a restaurant in Yuba City, Calif., nort...

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Link: http://theweek.com/articles/573675/mental-health-treatment-digital-age 

By Julie Kliegman
October 29, 2015

One hallmark of depression is the extent to which it can prevent sufferers from seeking out the help they need. Many people don't even know depression is the right term for what stops ...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/10/22/why-its-so-hard-to-find-a-mental-health-professional/ 

By Lena H. Sum
October 22, 2015

The demand for mental health services is growing nationally, and comprehensive mental health legislation is gaining momentum in Congress fo...

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/20/health/talk-therapy-found-to-ease-schizophrenia.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0 

By Benedict Carey
October 20, 2015

More than two million people in the United States have a diagnosis ofschizophrenia, and the treatment for most of the...

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Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/257397-every-family-should-have-access-to-mental-healthcare 

By Harold S. Koplewicz, MD
October 20, 2015

The most disturbing response to the mass shooting last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon has been the powerless shrug. The one ...

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Link:http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2015/10/15/assisted-living-elder-care-nursing-home-long-term-health-insurance-medicaid/73202940/ 

By Jayne O’Donnell & Laura Ungar
October 16, 2015

People with dementia — especially those withAlzheimer's disease — often live for years...

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Link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/257144-senators-urge-enforcement-to-protect-mental-health-coverage

By Peter Sullivan
October 16, 2015

A bipartisan group of 22 senators is calling on the Obama administration to step up its enforcement of a law governing how insurers cover mental health...

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Link: http://news.yahoo.com/scientists-identify-protein-key-alzheimers-treatment-204609143.html?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_daily202 

October 14, 2015

Washington (AFP) - A protein that appears to be key in the development of Alzheimer's disease has been identified by scientists who say the discovery could p...

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Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2015/10/14/one-in-three-children-with-mental-illness-cared-for-by-primary-care-physicians-study-finds/ 

By Robert Glatter, MD
October 14, 2015

According to results of a new study, primary care physicians and pediatricians–as opposed to psychiatrist...

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Link: http://theweek.com/articles/580547/what-successful-university-mental-health-program-looks-like 

By Kimberly Alters
October 15, 2015

 May 20, Karen Arkin was standing in the common room of her son's dormitory at Northwestern University. The day before, in the early morning hours, Jason Arki...

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Link: http://www.scpr.org/news/2015/10/13/54995/los-angeles-clinic-to-provide-medical-mental-healt/

By KPCC Staff
October 13, 2015

For four days starting Thursday, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that brings resources to medically underserved populations will provide medical, dental and vision care ...

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Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/attempted-suicide-rises-after-weight-loss-surgery-study-finds-1444230034 

By Melinda Beck
October 7, 2015

People who undergo surgery for weight loss are 50% more likely to attempt suicide after the operation than before it, according to a large Canadian study pub...

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Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/10/07/obamacare-mandated-better-mental-health-care-coverage-it-hasnt-happened/ 

By Janell Ross
October 7, 2015

A trio of Washington Post stories this week detail the horrible toll of rising heroin addiction, along with the very much related...

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Link: http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/06/politics/special-operations-forces-ptsd-mental-health/index.html 

By Laura Koran
October 6, 2015

The head of the U.S. military's most elite forces doesn't just talk the talk of ending the stigma of seeking mental health help. He has walked the walk -- into the ...

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Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2015/10/05/how-news-coverage-of-violent-rampages-stigmatizes-people-with-mental-illness/

By Denver Mcneney and Stephanie Parent
October 5, 2015 

 

After the recent mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, many people, includin...

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Link: http://www.presstelegram.com/health/20151004/long-beach-photo-exhibit-to-address-stigma-of-mental-illness-being-lgbtq

By Phillip Zonkel
October 4, 2015

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Rhonda Schultz hopes awareness, understanding and pride will be used to describe the images in a new...

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Link: http://www.newsweek.com/maybe-oregon-shooting-and-others-arent-about-mental-illness-378875

By Matthew Cooper
October 2, 2015

Regardless of whether you believe in gun control, there is a widespread belief that mental illness is behind mass shootings. After all, who but a crazy person would st...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-kaiser-mental-health-20150926-story.html 

By Stuart Pfeifer
September 26, 2015

As Barbara Ragan stood atop a Kaiser Permanente parking garage in Northern California this summer, traces of Xanax, Prozac and a generic antidepressant were in her blood.

Ye...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/09/25/443444964/parents-can-learn-how-to-prevent-anxiety-in-their-children 

By Lynne Shallcross
September 25, 2015

Children of anxious parents are more at risk of developing an anxiety disorder. But there's welcome news for those anxious parents...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-higher-learning-college-20150930-story.html

By Carla Rivera
September 30, 2015

Ye Seong Kim's freshman year at UCLA was so stressful that she considered dropping out and attending a community college until she was better prepared.

"After struggli...

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Link: http://www.sgvtribune.com/government-and-politics/20150929/la-county-board-of-supervisors-approves-plan-for-unified-health-agency

By Elizabeth Marcellino
September 29, 2015 

LOS ANGELES >> The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to create a unified county health agency, integrati...

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Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/255164-with-proposed-mergers-insurers-must-comply-with-mental-health

By Patrick J. Kennedy
September 29, 2015

Today, the House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on the proposed merger of Anthem and Cigna and the proposal for Aetna to j...

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/09/23/jails-are-no-place-for-the-mentally-ill-i-was-lucky-to-get-out/ 

By Justin Volpe
September 23, 2015

Twelve years ago, after a long struggle with drug addiction and mental illness, I packed my bags and left my home in New Jersey, bo...

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Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/more-help-for-college-men-with-depression-and-anxiety-1442852705 

By Andrea Petersen
September 21, 2015

Concerned that they aren’t reaching enough young men, college counseling centers are making extra efforts to draw them in.

The centers, which usually offer ...

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Link: http://www.htrnews.com/story/opinion/2015/09/21/suicide-drugs-addiction-manitowoc/72486240/ 

By Associated Press
September 21, 2015

For those caught in the permanent night of drug abuse, the constant craving for the perceived light of the next high is coupled with the darkness of the downwa...

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Link: http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/20/health/mental-health-parity-law/

By Jenny Gold
September 20, 2015

When Michael Kamins opened the letter from his insurer, he was enraged.

His 20-year old son recently had been hospitalized twice with bipolar disorder and rescued from the brink of suicide, he sa...

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Link: http://psychcentral.com/news/2015/09/18/healthy-diet-may-provide-mental-health-benefits/92389.html

By Rick Nauert
September 18, 2015

While most are aware of the cardiovascular benefits of eating a Mediterranean or comparable healthy diet, new research suggests a healthy diet can also prevent...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0910-goldenberg-guns-mental-health-20150910-story.html 

By Matthew Goldenberg
September 10, 2015

There is a moment following every mass killing when the media turn their attention to the shooter's mental health. After Aurora, Sandy Hook, Isla Vista...

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Link: http://www.wired.com/2015/09/head-uss-mental-health-agency-leaving-alphabet/ 

By Sarah Zhang
September 15, 2015

THOMAS INSEL IS the longest-serving director of the National Institute of Mental Health since the agency’s founder, which is especially remarkable given how much Insel likes to ...

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Link:http://www.rollcall.com/news/patients_rights_questions_hang_over_mental_health_debate-243621-1.html?pg=2&dczone=policy 

By Melissa Attias
September 14, 2015 

Congressional efforts to overhaul the mental health system have more momentum than at any time since the 2012 shooting at a Newtown, ...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/09/12/422870122/for-students-with-mental-health-issues-the-transition-to-college-is-complicated

By Jasmine Garsd
September 12, 2015

All over the country, high school graduates are making the jump to college. They're getting to know their roommates, buying ...

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Link: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/09/10/coming-out-as-a-suicide-survivor?page=2 

By Lisa Esposito
September 10, 2015

Taryn Aiken, 39, stands before a hushed audience in the Cannon House Office Building, one of three suicide attempt survivors taking part in a ...

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Link: http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/09/health/suicide-prevention-college-campus/index.html

By Kelly Wallace
September 9, 2015

 

Just a handful of days into the new semester at Penn State this fall, a student came to the counseling center in the throes of a panic attack, crying and upset, said Ben Lo...

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Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2015/09/06/what-does-your-2016-presidential-candidate-say-about-mental-health/

By Emily Willingham
September 6, 2015

Interested in mental health? According to a recent poll, you probably are—just like the 90% of us in the U.S. who view mental hea...

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Link: http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/02/health/gun-laws-lead-to-suicide-drop/index.html 

By Carina Storrs
September 2, 2015

(CNN)State laws that restrict access to guns could reduce the rate of firearm-related suicide, according to new research.

Researchers examined suicide rates in Connecticut and ...

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Link: http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/01/health/mental-health-stigmas-shift-poor-access/index.html 

By Azadeh Ansari
September 2, 2015

Atlanta (CNN)Mental health has a long-standing public perception problem, but the stigma appears to be shifting, at least in the United States, a new survey reveals.â...

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Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/08/30/slain-journalists-memorial-service/71430414/ 

By Greg Toppo
August 30, 2015

The manager of two television journalists slain during a live broadcast last week urged Americans to "speak directly to anger" and help those whose mental illness...

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/08/31/436264866/is-gun-violence-due-to-dangerous-people-or-dangerous-guns

By Tania Lombrozo
August 31, 2015

The killings of two journalists in Virginia last week have reignited a national conversation on mass shootings and gun control.

No one wants dang...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eduardo-vega/on-the-way-to-a-national-_b_8051618.html

By Eduardo Vega
August 28, 2015

On Monday August 24, 2015, a historic moment happened in Washington when people living with mental health conditions from all over the nation, along with dozens of diverse orga...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/merritt-juliano/de-stigmatizing-mental-health_b_8030962.html

By Merritt Juliano
August 26, 2015

Why are we so uncomfortable when it comes to mental health and illness? We're so uncomfortable, we like to isolate ourselves from the subject. We go so far as to siph...

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Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/report-va-falls-short-on-mental-health-care-despite-hiring-push-1440537211

By Ben Kesling
August 25, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs lacks enough full-time psychiatrists to meet demand for services and those on staff aren’t being used efficiently, despit...

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-county-mental-health-director-20150824-story.html

By Abby Sewell
August 24, 2015

The director of Los Angeles County's mental health department -- the largest public mental health system in the nation -- announced Monday that he plans to retire effec...

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-aves-challenger/caring-for-alzheimers-patient_b_7980486.html

By Amy Aves Challenger
August 21, 2015

My dad's voice drifted gently through the cell phone, quieting the zip-zapping of my mind, "He was my only friend with Alzheimer's -- sort of my best friend. ...

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By Timothy Williams
August 15, 2015

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/us/citing-safety-adult-jails-put-youths-in-solitary-despite-risks.html?partner=bloomberg&_r=1 

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The prisoner spent a fitful August night trying to tune out the howls and moans of inmates in adjoining...

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By Kathleen M. Pike,
Ph.D August 18, 2015

Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/251312-want-a-safer-more-prosperous-world-invest-in-mental-health

In the Pixar blockbuster Inside Out, 11-year-old Riley’s animated emotions—Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, and Sadness—battle it out ...

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By Alexander Barreira
August 17, 2015

Link: http://www.dailycal.org/2015/08/17/uc-student-association-launches-letstalk-mental-health-campaign/ 

At its annual congressional meeting last weekend, the UC Student Association launched a new campaign, #LetsTalk, aimed at improving mental health resour...

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By Janice Neumann
August 12, 2015

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/12/us-health-mentalhealth-adolescent-detain-idUSKCN0QH20B20150812

Many youth caught up in the juvenile justice system are hospitalized for mental illness because they aren’t getting psychiatric help before they’re a...

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By Mark La Pointe
August 11, 2015

Link: http://www.burbankleader.com/opinion/tn-blr-op-ed-busd-takes-the-lead-on-mental-health-20150811,0,756107.story 

For too many children, the interrelationship between mental health problems and poor academic outcomes is a very real struggle. Their struggle is reflected in limited educational progress from their entry into school through their secondary school years.

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By Sarah Favot
August 11, 2015

Described as a “seismic shift” in the county’s approach to incarceration, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to divert at least 1,000 low-level mentally ill inmates from the jails.

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-county-health-agency-20150811-story.html

By Abby Sewell
August 11, 2015

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to consolidate three sprawling health agencies under a single director.

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By Lloyd Sederer
August 11, 2015

There has been little sign of life since the 1960s when it comes to legislation aimed at improving the mental health and addiction services in this country. 

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By Abby Sewell
August 10, 2015

Los Angeles County supervisors are poised to decide whether to go forward with a proposed overhaul of three health agencies, the latest in a series of moves to restructure county government since last year's election ushered in a new board majority.

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/08/10/430149726/will-doctors-soon-be-prescribing-video-games-for-mental-health 

By Amber Dembosky
August 10, 2015

 

Developers of a new video game for your brain say theirs is more than just another get-smarter-quick scheme.

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By Jenny Gold
August 3, 2015

Link: http://www.vox.com/2015/8/3/9069643/mental-health-parity-lawsuits 

When it passed in 2008, the federal mental health parity law was supposed to be a major achievement for Americans with mental illnesses.

Historically, people seeking mental health care often fac...

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By Melinda Beck
August 3, 2015

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/an-advocacy-group-for-discussing-mental-health-at-work-1438623525 

Katherine Switz thought she could walk on the Charles River when she was at Harvard Business School.

Robert Boorstin believed his hotel was the Starship Enterprise....

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By Sarah Favot
August 4, 2015

Link: http://www.sgvtribune.com/government-and-politics/20150804/la-county-supervisors-discuss-treatment-of-mentally-ill-inmates-in-county-jails

Thousands of mentally ill inmates will require hundreds more beds in the county’s jail system unless strong diversion act...

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By Abby Sewell
July 29, 2015

Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-incompetent-inmates-lawsuit-20150729-story.html

Several family members of accused criminals who were held in jail after being ruled incompetent to stand trial are suing the state of California over lengthy delays in pla...

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By Caitlin Owens
August 4, 2015

Link: http://www.nationaljournal.com/health-care/mental-health-reform-gaining-momentum-in-congress-20150804 

 

Momentum around mental-health reform is building in Congress and gathering bipartisan support as a response to mass violence and the reality that gun co...

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July 30, 2015

 

Link: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-07-seniors-mental-health-drugs-adults.html 

 

Older Americans receive prescriptions for mental health medications at more than twice the rate that younger adults do, a new study finds.

But they're much less likely to be getting their m...

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By Dana Wechsler Linden
July 27, 2015

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/schools-face-the-teen-cutting-problem-1438018567 

 

Schools around the country have begun offering new classes and mental-health programs to help stem a sharp rise in the number of adolescents found to be engaging in self i...

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By Stephanie O’Neill
July 23, 2015

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department plans to dramatically beef up its mental health policing capabilities, according to a newly-released report that provides a county-wide roadmap for county law enforcement's handling of suspects experiencing a mental he...

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By David Carry
July 27, 2015

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/mental-health-experts-respond-carefully-mass-killings-155727114.html

One psychiatry professor calls it "the conversation we're stuck with," a teachable moment growing out of horror.

Each time mental illness is cited as a possible factor in ...

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By Andrew J. Yawn
July 25, 2015

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/07/25/louisiana-theater-shooting-gunman-john-houser/30664279/

Almost 20 hours after John Russell Houser shot and killed three people, including himself, and injured nine others at  a Lafayette, La., movie the...

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By Editorial Board
July 25, 2015

Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-better-option-for-the-mentally-ill/2015/07/25/d59af458-3238-11e5-8f36-18d1d501920d_story.html 

THE INCARCERATION of mentally ill inmates is a national epidemic, with local jails in Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhere ...

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By Stephen and Joyce Singular
July 22, 2015

 

Link: http://time.com/3968112/mass-shooters-violence-emotions/ 

 

On the day that Aurora theater shooter James Holmes was convicted on two dozen counts of first-degree murder, a 24-year-old man opened fire at few states to the east in Chattanooga,...

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By Mandy Oaklander
July 22, 2015

 

Link: http://time.com/3967590/vietnam-veterans-ptsd/ 

 

Many veterans who served in the Vietnam War still have war-zone-related post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

The researchers, led by Dr. Charles R. Mar...

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By Riley Griffin
July 21, 2015

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/social-media-college-mental-health_55ae6649e4b08f57d5d28845 

 

When she began her freshman year in 2011, Sydney embarked on a tumultuous transformation. She had been accepted to her “reach school," Duke University, where...

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By Jon Hamilton
July 19, 2015

Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/19/423891071/alzheimers-drugs-in-the-works-might-help-other-diseases-too 

 

Efforts to find a treatment for Alzheimer's disease have been disappointing so far. But there's a new generation of drugs in the works...

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July 22, 2015
By Fawn Johnson

Link: http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/the-next-bipartisan-frontier-a-mental-health-bill-20150722 

 

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and ranking member Frank Pallone independently dreamed up what they think will be their last major he...

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By Abby Sewell and Marisa Gerber
July 23, 2015

Link: http://www.latimes.com/local/countygovernment/la-me-mental-health-draft-20150723-story.html 

Cutting the number of mentally ill inmates in Los Angeles County's jail system would require spending tens of millions of dollars on new treatment faci...

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By Bret Stetka
July 21, 2015

Link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/important-link-between-the-brain-and-immune-system-found/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20150721

When the ancient Egyptians prepared a mummy they would scoop out the brain through the nostrils and throw it away. While other organs were ...

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By Anna Medaris Miller
July 21, 2015

Link: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/best-hospitals/articles/2015/07/21/what-to-do-during-a-mental-health-crisis

All American youngsters know the rules: Don't take candy from strangers, play nice in the sandbox and call 911 during an emergency.

But what ...

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By Kimberly Leonard
July 14, 2015

Link: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/07/14/report-mental-health-resources-inadequate-across-the-world 

Reports in recent months have pointed out a lack of services and insufficient insurance provisions for Americans who have a mental illness, but...

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By Amy Dockser Marcus
July 12, 2015

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/can-an-infection-trigger-ocd-1436734446?cb=logged0.28071951288525554&cb=logged0.5481731025502086 

MENLO PARK, Calif.—At the age of 7, Garrett Pohlman came home from the first day of second grade and was “a totally different...

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By Shirley Wang
July 13, 2015

 

Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-frontier-for-deep-brain-stimulation-therapy-is-recovery-from-stroke-1436811387

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic are testing whether electrical stimulation of the brain helps improve the effectiveness of physical rehabilitat...

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By Matthew Melmed
July 13, 2015

 

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-melmed/effective-mental-health-treatment-for-young-children-and-their-families_b_7662278.html

 

Three-and-a-half year old Danisha had been expelled from her preschool program. Her older brother, Damon, had also endur...

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By Lecia Bushak July 8, 2015

Link: http://www.medicaldaily.com/project-semicolon-how-punctuation-symbol-came-represent-mental-health-341916 

Since the days of traditional sailor and prison tattoos, tattooing has truly become an art — and many people search for a specific print that holds a spec...

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By Rebecca Zimmerman
July 6, 2015

Link: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0706-zimmerman-ptsd-20150706-story.html 

Driving on the New York State Thruway one morning in early 2013, my breathing slowed almost to a halt and I saw stars. As the needle inched up toward 65 miles per hour, I rea...

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By Andrew M. Seaman
July 8, 2015

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/08/us-health-suicide-army-idUSKCN0PI2L420150708 

A new study identifies distinct profiles for U.S. army officers and enlisted soldiers at highest risk of attempting suicide.

Researchers say the results particularly hig...

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By CNN Wire July 7, 2015

 

Link: http://wtkr.com/2015/07/07/crisis-intervention-training-aims-to-change-the-way-police-respond-to-mental-illness/

At 18, Keith Vidal was a normal teenager, his mom said — a good kid and funny guy who liked basketball, played the drums and enjoyed the beach.

But...

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By Stephanie O’Neil
July 4, 2015

Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/04/419443253/la-police-unit-intervenes-to-get-mentally-ill-treatment-instead-of-jail

The Los Angeles Police Department's mental evaluation unit is the largest mental health policing program of its kind in the...

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By Tina Rosenberg
June 19, 2015

Link: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/depressed-try-therapy-without-the-therapist/?_r=0 

 

Elle is a mess. She’s actually talented, attractive and good at her job, but she feels like a fraud — convinced that today’s the day she’ll flunk a ...

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By Karen Kaplan
April 28, 2015

Link: http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-sn-bullying-worse-than-child-abuse-20150428-story.html

The long-term effects of being bullied by other kids are worse than being abused by an adult, new research shows.

Among a large group of children in England, those who ...

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By David McNamee
June 29, 2015

Link: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/296000.php

Research conducted by the University of California-Los Angeles Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities investigates the extent to which African-American, Latino and Hispanic citizens in the US...

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By Wesley Lowery, Kimberly Kindy, Keith L. Alexander
June 30, 2015

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/2015/06/30/distraught-people-deadly-results/?hpid=z1 

It was not yet 9 a.m., and Gary Page was drunk. The disabled handyman had a long history of schizophrenia and depression and...

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By Patricia Kime
June 29, 2015

Link: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/benefits/health-care/2015/06/29/military-health-care-access-mental-health-in-defense-bills/29229503/

House and Senate lawmakers hashing out a compromise on their respective defense policy bills will mull over several ...

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By Will Hall
June 5, 2015

Link: http://www.madinamerica.com/2015/06/thinking-upstream-winning-real-mental-health-reform-by-joining-the-anti-corruption-movement/

At the end of my talk at the American Psychiatric Association Institute on Psychiatric Services, a psychiatrist in the crowded lecture room put his hand up and posed a surprising challenge: Why was I so concerned about reforming psychiatry and ending iatrogenic harm from medications, diagnosis, and forced treatment when there are so many other issues in society to worry about?

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By Jennifer Gonnerman
June 7, 2015

Link: http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/kalief-browder-1993-2015 

Last fall, I wrote about a young man named Kalief Browder, who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. He had been arrested in the spring of 2010, at age sixteen, for a robbery he insisted he had not committed.

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By Rachel Rettner and LiveScience
June 4, 2015

Link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/beautiful-mind-john-nash-s-schizophrenia-disappeared-as-he-aged/?WT.mc_id=SA_WR_20150610 

Mathematician John Nash, who died May 23 in a car accident, was known for his decades-long battle with schizophrenia—a struggle famously depicted in the 2001 Oscar-winning film "A Beautiful Mind." 

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By Matt Ford
June 8, 2015

Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/americas-largest-mental-hospital-is-a-jail/395012/ 

It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their turn before a judge, you wouldn't be able to tell. Pre-bail processing here takes place entirely underground. 

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By Lloyd I. Serderer
June 9, 2015

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lloyd-i-sederer-md/7-things-to-know-about-mental-health-after-disaster_b_7547224.html

Are disasters becoming part of the new normal? Or have disasters become our new (ab)normal?

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By Carrie Myers
June 8, 2015

Link: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/06/08/gun-violence-takes-toll-on-kids-mental-health-study-finds

MONDAY, June 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than one in four children in the United States is exposed to weapon-related violence -- as a victim or witness -- which ups their risk for mental health problems, a new study says.

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By: Terri Tanielian and Rajeev Ramchand
June 4, 2015

Link: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/policy-dose/2015/06/04/veterans-battle-mental-health-issues-after-iraq-and-afghanistan

Since U.S. military operations began in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 2.7 million men and women have served or continue to serve there. Some have been deployed two, three, four or more times.

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By Lisa Esposito
June 5, 2015

Link: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2015/06/05/strides-in-suicide-prevention?int=ab7309&int=ab7309 

Americans are paying more attention to suicide prevention. Lawmakers are passing bills to improve mental health care for U.S. military veterans and service members. Hospitals and medical centers where vulnerable patients may seek care, whether in a therapist's office or the emergency room, are working to identify them sooner and keep them from falling through the cracks.

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By Melissa Attias

A revamped version of broad mental health legislation that stalled in the last Congress hasn’t won the support of some Democrats who backed a competing measure last year, with the holdouts poised to introduce targeted legislation on specific issues beginning Tuesday.

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By Matthew Melmed
June 3, 2015

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-melmed/how-to-prevent-mental-health-problems-begin-at-the-beginning-with-infants-and-toddlers_b_7472540.html 

A new report recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows a downward trajectory in severe mental health issues for children between the ages of 6 and 17. On the surface, this is good news.

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By Abby Jackson
June 2, 2015

Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/anxiety-is-the-biggest-mental-health-problem-facing-college-students-2015-6 

While depression was once the most common mental health problem on college campuses, The New York Times reports that's not the case anymore.

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By Kimberly Kindy with Julie Tate, Jennifer Jenkins, Steven Rich, Keith L. Alexander and Wesley Lowery 
May 30, 2015


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/fatal-police-shootings-in-2015-approaching-400-nationwide/2015/05/30/d322256a-058e-11e5-a428-c984eb077d4e_story.html 

In an alley in Denver, police gunned down a 17-year-old girl joyriding in a stolen car. In the backwoods of North Carolina, police opened fire on a gun-wielding moonshiner. And in a high-rise apartment in Birmingham, Ala., police shot an elderly man after his son asked them to make sure he was okay. Douglas Harris, 77, answered the door with a gun.

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By Susan Blumenthal, M.D.
June 1, 2015

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-blumenthal/brain-vitals_b_7481758.html 

What if doctors could check a patient's brain vitals just as easily as taking their pulse or blood pressure? 

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By Andre F. Puglie
June 1, 2015

Link: http://www.latinpost.com/articles/56940/20150601/clinton-campaign-to-focus-on-substance-abuse-mental-health.htm

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton plans to turn substance abuse and mental health into key issues of her 2016 White House campaign, the Washington Post reported.

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By Meghan Hoyer, Laura Ungar and Jayne O’Donnell
June 2, 2015

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/06/01/cms-releases-new-data--doctor-payments/28303865/ 

Medicare providers got more for mental health and specialty care including sports and sleep medicine in 2013, according to new payment data released Monday that shows which healthcare providers received the most money.

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By Charles Anderson
May 20, 2015
Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/05/20/ask-the-lawyers-college-mental-health-after-the-va-tech-shooting-is-costing-lives/ 

Eight years ago, with the tragedy at Virginia Tech, the nation had an opportunity to turn its full attention to th...

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By Amy Norton
May 21, 2015
Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/more-kids-getting-mental-health-treatment/ 

The number of U.S. children and teens being treated for mental health issues has risen by about 50 percent in the past 20 years -- with most of those kids having relatively mild symptoms, a new...

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By Aamer Madhani
May 19, 2015
Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/05/19/cook-county-taps-clinical-psychologist-to-lead-jail/27592769/ 

CHICAGO — With prisons across the country struggling to deal with inmates with mental illness, officials here have turned to a clinical psychologist to...

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By Sabrina Tavernise
May 18, 2015
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/health/suicide-rate-for-black-children-surged-in-2-decades-study-says.html?smid=tw-share&_r=2 

 

The suicide rate among black children has nearly doubled since the early 1990s, while the rate for white children has decline...

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By Gabriel Arana
May 18, 2015
Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/18/mental-health-journalism-trauma_n_7305460.html 

 

When Hurricane Katrina swirled onto the Louisiana shore and residents of New Orleans clogged highways to flee, John McCusker stayed behind.

A photographer for The Times-...

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By Clement Papazian
May 15, 2015
Link: http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/kaiser-permanente-is-retaliating-against-mental-health-whistleblowers/Content?oid=2930133

 

Kaiser Permanente is retaliating against the whistleblowers who brought much-needed scrutiny to the HMO’s severely understaffe...

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By Rina Palta
May 7, 2015

State and local officials gathered in Sacramento Thursday to signal growing political support for addressing the high number of mentally ill inmates in county jails across the state, introducing legislation seeking a tiny increase in funds for programs - and vowing to convene a summit to search for solutions.

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By Sari Horwitz
May 12, 2015

In jails and prisons throughout the United States, correctional staff have sprayed mentally disabled prisoners with painful chemicals, shocked them with electric stun weapons, and strapped them for days in restraining chairs and beds, according to a report that will be released Tuesday.

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By Lloyd I. Sederer 
May 13, 2015

The future for the next 10 years of mental health in America will not derive from sudden breakthroughs in decoding our DNA or fashioning designer drugs that are categorically different from what we have now -- though either or both would of course be welcome. A sanguine future is possible if we do what we know now a lot better (quality) and deliver what we know now to a lot more people (access).

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By Marie Wilson
May 11, 2015

What do Brandon Marshall, mental health and Harley-Davidsons have in common? Trick question.

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By Robert Preidt
May 11, 2015

Researchers looked at sleep patterns and the mental health of 1,000 children starting when they were toddlers. They found that those with sleep disorders at age 4 were at increased risk for mental health problems -- such as anxiety and depression -- at age 6. They also discovered that children with mental health problems at age 4 were at increased risk for sleep disorders at age 6.

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By Samantha Costa
April 28, 2015

Tracy and Terry Greenberg wake up each day, unsure how it will unfold. At age 12, their oldest son Bryce has a slew of mental health diagnoses, including ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety and autism spectrum disorder.

“My son looks like everyone else. He’s loving,...

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By Sarah Boseley
April 28, 2015

Children who are bullied are at greater risk of mental health problems in later life than those who are maltreated by adults, according to research.

The authors of the study say it is time that bullying is taken more seriously. They found children who were bullied we...

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By Robert Preidt
April 24, 2015

Many people who attempt suicide have a health care visit in the weeks or months beforehand, which suggests health visits may provide opportunities for suicide prevention, researchers report.

Suicide prevention efforts usually focus on emergency and mental health sett...

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Posted by Heidi Buech on May 04, 2015

By Melissa Korn and Angela Chen
April 28, 2015

Universities are hiring more social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists as demand for campus mental-health services rises. But persistent budget gaps mean that students in some cases foot much of the cost of the positions.

Students at George Washi...

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By Jean Guerrero
April 28, 2015

Cuauhtemoc Martinez tried to kill himself six months after he was deported from the U.S., where he had lived as long as he could remember. He threw himself in front of a speeding car in Ensenada. He woke up in the hospital with gashes and bruises all over his body. He...

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By Rick Nauert PhD
April 24, 2015

While most of the nation views California as an open-minded state, residents with mental health issues perceive a significantly different environment.

This belief was uncovered in a new RAND Corporation study that found a large proportion of individuals with mental...

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By Doris A. Fuller
April 20, 2015

I lost my darling daughter Natalie to mental illness last month. She killed herself a few weeks short of her 29th birthday by stepping in front of a train in Baltimore.

Natalie and I wrote a book together when she was 16: “Promise You Won’t Freak Out: A Teenage...

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By Ruby Cramer
April 21, 2015

KEENE, New Hampshire — In the last week, Hillary Clinton has outlined her presidential campaign the same way at just about every event. She lists her “four big fights”: rebuilding the economy, strengthening families, stripping dysfunction from government, and prot...

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By Joyce Tsai
April 20, 2015

It’s not very often that someone can say he talked a person out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Gary Scheppke can.

Scheppke, a Marin County Board of Health board member, credits completing a certified course that trains a broad spectrum of people to identify a...

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By Joe Palazzolo
April 19, 2015

Marilyn Roberts’s son was arrested last year on assault charges after he allegedly flicked a cigarette at a police officer in Olympia, Wash., hitting the rim of his hat. He spent 97 days in a county jail, most of them alone in a cell 23 hours a day.

He quickly dete...

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By Josh Hicks
April 23, 2015

A Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in West Virginia put patients at risk by substituting prescribed mental-health medications with older drugs to cut costs, according to a federal investigation.

The practice, exposed by an agency whistleblower, violated VA ...

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By Abby Sewell
April 13, 2015

Cynthia Hernandez was thinking about the missing dog when she awoke early that September morning in her family's two-story tract home, tucked away in a residential enclave north of a busy commercial corridor in Chino.

The 10-year-old cocker spaniel, Sandy, hadn't been ...

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By Rina Palta
April 10, 2015

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to hire 77 employees to improve conditions for the mentally ill in jails to avoid a court battle with the U.S. Department of Justice.

McDonnell sent a letter to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last week, saying ...

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By Andrea Petersen
April 13, 2015

When Eliza Lanzillo went off to college, she was excited to leave behind her old school, her old routines—and her old mental health challenges.

“I thought of it as a clean slate. Nobody knows my history. I could be a new person,” says the now 21-year-old juni...

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April 11, 2015

CHICAGO — For Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer, Josh Lifrak is just like the hitting coach John Mallee or the pitching coach Chris Bosio.

Lifrak is the director of the team’s mental-skills program, while Mallee and Bosio are two vital members of Manager Joe Maddon’s coaching sta...

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Posted by Heidi Buech on Apr 22, 2015

By Wray Herbert
April 9, 2015

Ricardo Muñoz thinks that MOOCs get a bad rap. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses, Internet-based higher education available to anyone in the world, regardless of age or qualifications, and usually for free. MOOCs have become very popular in recent years, and ...

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By Hal Bernton, Adam Ashton
April 11, 2015 

The Army is overhauling mental health services after years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, aiming to end an era of experimentation in which nearly 200 programs were tried on different bases.

At Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and elsewhere, the Army has ...

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Posted by Heidi Buech on Apr 22, 2015

By Olga Khazan
April 7, 2015

Occasionally policymakers and activists will talk about how the justice system needs to keep mentally ill people out of prisons. If it did that, prisons would be very empty indeed. A new Urban Institute report points out that more than half of all inmates in jails and st...

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By Patricia Kime
April 1, 2015

A large study of nearly 4 million U.S. service members and veterans found that deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan is not associated with an increased risk of suicide.

Appearing in JAMA Psychiatry online on Wednesday, the study by researchers at the Defense Department...

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By Kirstin Fawcett
April 2, 2015

When Tara Reilly was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 22, she didn’t think anyone else could relate. But last year, an online search brought Reilly, now 25, to a local chapter of a peer support group sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, ...

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By Kevin McSpadden
March 31, 2015

An experimental social networking platform intent on helping userscalm anxiety and reverse symptoms of depression has received positive feedback.

Panoply is a peer-to-peer platform jointly administered by MIT and Northwestern universities that encourages users to ...

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By Maanvi Singh
March 27, 2015

The majority of teenagers with mental health issues don't get help. But maybe if help were just a text message away — they wouldn't be so hesitant to reach out.

That's the thinking behind NYC Teen Text, a pilot program at 10 New York public high schools that allows...

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By Arthur Caplan
March 30, 2015

The entirely predictable media obsession with the tragedy of the Germanwings jetliner that crashed into the French Alps on March 25 is moving forward full force. The media, especially cable television, love airline disasters. Once German prosecutors revealed that And...

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March 31, 2015

In addition to their physical injuries, women who are victims of domestic violence are also at a greater risk of mental health problems such as depression and psychotic symptoms. These are the findings of a study that was just published by a team of researchers at the Institute of ...

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By John Tozzi
March 27, 2015

How do you stop a mentally ill person from sitting down at the controls of a jetliner or a nuclear power plant, or from holstering a gun for a night on the beat?

The news that the pilot of the Germanwings jet that crashed on Tuesday had been judged unfit for work by a ...

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By Brad Reid
March 23, 2015

We are all touched directly or indirectly by mental illness. Many commentators note unresolved issues and debatable policies within our mental health system. It is time as a society to rethink our approach to mental illness. This comment begins with an explanation of "pub...

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By Kelly E. Blake
March 23, 2015

Homeless people with mental health conditions have a better primary care experience in clinics tailored to their unique needs, according to a study co-authored by University of Maryland School of Public Health researcher Dr. Cheryl Holt. Published by PLOS ONE, an int...

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By Max Cherney
March 18, 2015

As I'm standing with three cops in the kitchen of Julian's cramped San Francisco apartment, one of the officers knocks on his bedroom door. In youth custody for most of his life and now in his 30s, Julian (whose name has been changed) has a rap sheet several pages long ...

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By Perry N. Halkitis
March 25, 2015

Emerging adulthood is a complex time for anyone. It ranges from late adolescence to one’s mid-20s—ages when we are seeking to establish our identities in social contexts and transition from childhood to the expectations and responsibilities of adulthood.

For ...

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By Nicole Akoukou Thompson
March 23, 2015

Exactitude isn't guaranteed when it comes to assessing the mental health of disadvantaged patients. If fact, disadvantaged patients are two times more likely to be misdiagnosed by mental health professionals.
 
Due to therapists knowingly or unknowingly...

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By Cristian Farlas

For the first time since Ferguson ignited a national conversation about police use of deadly force, the Supreme Court considered a major police shooting case—perhaps its most important since Graham v. Connor set a standard for the “reasonableness” of shooting a civilian.

T...

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By Lauren Carson
March 13, 2015

It seems that with increasing frequency since Travyon Martin's death three years ago, the big beautiful eyes of a young African American boy have flashed across the television or internet screen, "unarmed African American" at the top and "shot dead by police" at the ...

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Posted by Heidi Buech on Mar 20, 2015

By David R. Wheeler
March 18, 2015

If there was any question about whether the mental-health profession would be safe from technological disruption, the answer is now clear—and it’s a resounding “no.” BetterHelp, Talkspace, and other online counseling services can now connect clients with l...

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March 16, 2015

The shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, MO, has ignited a global discussion about implicit racial bias. One group of people you might think would be immune from this hidden bias is clinical therapists, people trained to understand the human mind. But a new field study finds ...

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By Scott Bronstein, Drew Griffin, Nelli Black and Curt Devine
March 14, 2015

Los Angeles (CNN) Thousands of veterans who are patients at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System have been waiting months just for an appointment, CNN has learned.

This revelation means that the scandal over delay...

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Melanie Mason
March 11, 2015

Seeking to quell criticism that his signature mental health initiative lacks accountability, former state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg pushed back Wednesday with a study he commissioned showing declines in homelessness, arrests and incarcerations for people receiving...

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By Lisa Gillespie
March 8, 2015

John Duggan, a mental-health counselor in Silver Spring, Md., pays for an electronic health-record system to keep track of his patients. He started using the cloud-based system five years ago to eliminate paper and make his practice more efficient.

But unlike some ot...

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By Laura Ungar and Jayne O’Donnell
March 9, 2015

Insurance coverage for mental and physical illness remains unequal despite promises that Obamacare would help level the playing field, mental health advocates and researchers say.
 
A new study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public He...

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By Jordan Melograna
March 10, 2015

On March 10, 2015, police responded to an Atlanta apartment complex after receiving a call that a man was "acting deranged, knocking on doors and crawling around naked." According to CNN, the police said that the man charged them and after warning him to stop, they...

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By Mike Liguori
March 6, 2015

My heart was racing. I felt the sweat starting to make its way down my face as I attempted to disguise my anxiety about reading the first time I encountered an IED from my tours in Iraq. I stood at the podium, with the eyes of the class and a professor locked in on my p...

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By Jason Millman
February 27, 2015

The financial crisis may have taken a larger toll on middle-age Americans than previously thought.
The economic tumult may have been behind a sharp increase in suicides among adults between 40 and 64, according to new research published in the American Journal o...

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By Justin Caba
March 3, 2015

Family history tends to be an important predictor for mental health, but considering not all offspring of a parent with a mental illness end up developing a similar condition, early detection strategies remain instrumental to treatment and prevention. A recent study publ...

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March 2, 2015
By Patricia Kime

The Army, Navy and Marine Corps do not know how many enlisted troops they have separated for mental conditions that don't merit disability pay — a failing that prevents Pentagon officials from knowing whether troops with combat-related disorders were wrongly discharg...

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By Jessica Hamzelou
February 27, 2015

Earlier this week, eight US professional organisations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Public Health Association collectively took a stand against a law that on the face of it, seems l...

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By Nicholas Turner
February 26, 2015

One reason annual jail admissions nearly doubled between 1983 and 2013 to 11.7 million, while crime dropped, is that jails have become the provider of last resort for people with mental health issues.

Nationally, about 14.5 percent of men and 31 percent of women...

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By Carolyn Gregoire
February 24, 2015

We know that food affects the body -- but could it just as powerfully impact the mind?

While the role of diet and nutrition in our physical health is undeniable, the influence of dietary factors on mental health has been less considered. That may be starting t...

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By Mary Elizabeth Williams
February 23, 2015

What kind of person would want to kill himself? A teen who feels “weird and different.” A traumatized veteran. A grieving, depressed senior citizen. That’s what we can learn from Sunday night’s Oscar broadcast. That’s what, in their own unique,...

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By Journal of Health and Social Behavior
February 26, 2015

Children of undocumented Mexican immigrants have a significantly higher risk of behavior problems than their co-ethnic counterparts with documented or naturalized citizen mothers, according to a new study.

 The difficulties come in two fo...

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By Rebecca Parr
February 25, 2015 

Kaiser Permanente has made it easier for patients seeking mental health care to get appointments, but it still is not meeting all their needs, a new state report finds in a follow-up to a highly critical 2013 report that resulted in a multimillion-dollar fine.

S...

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By Mirna Alfonso
February 23, 2015

An alcohol and drug counselor in Los Angeles has joined two therapists in a suit to bar prosecutors in Los Angeles County and in the state from enforcing a law requiring that psychotherapists reveal if patients have downloaded or viewed child pornography, saying i...

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By Karen de Sa February 21, 2015

Over the course of a decade, California lawmakers have considered a dozen bills to regulate the use of psychiatric drugs in the nation's largest foster care system. Yet, despite the alarm over children medicated as young as 4 and teens so doped they drooled and beca...

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By Bob Egelko
February 19, 2015

In a victory for public access to government information, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that California health officials must release complete records of violations of patients’ rights at institutions for the mentally ill and developmentally di...

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By Robert Preidt
February 19, 2014

THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One-quarter of homeless children in the United States require mental health services -- far more than kids in the general population, a new study shows.

North Carolina State University researchers examined data on 328 ...

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By Carolyn Gregoire
February 19, 2015

It's nearly impossible to turn on the TV, open up a web browser, or scroll through Twitter without being assaulted with notifications of a new world disaster (or two, or three...). Thanks to the 24-hour news cycle, alerts of shootings, plane crashes, ISIS behe...

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By Louise Radnovsky
February 16, 2015

Millions of Americans with mental illness are hearing a loud and clear message: Get help. There’s still one question: Who is going to treat them?

The shortage of mental-health providers in the U.S. has long been considered a significant problem. But it is be...

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By Pamela S. Hyde
February 12, 2015

President Obama's recently proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Budget provides the nation with an unprecedented opportunity to address America's urgent behavioral health needs. About 1 in 5 Americans experiences a mental illness every year, yet many struggle to access...

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By E. Fuller Torrey and Doris A. Fuller
February 6, 2015

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office this week released a scathing report on the lack of leadership in the Department of Health and Human Services for coordinating federal efforts related to serious mental illness. It described 11...

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By Liz Szabo
February 12, 2015

Federal health officials need to do a better job coordinating help for people with serious mental illness, according to a new report by a government watchdog agency.

At least 112 federal programs run by eight government agencies -- including the departments of Labor,...

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By Megan Raposa
February 10, 2015

The Senate unanimously passed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, also known as the Clay Hunt SAV Act, Feb. 3. It is now slated to go before President Obama.

The act, named after Clay Hunt, a former Marine who killed himself in 2011, calls f...

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By Ginger Lerner-Wren
February 9, 2015

This was a good week in the United States for mental health, addictions and social justice. On Feb. 3, 2015, The Kennedy Forum issued its groundbreaking announcement of the launch of a new research center. A center dedicated to a new corps of public health lea...

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By Patrick Healy
February 8, 2015

The availability of VA housing assistance has changed dramatically for the better over the past two years--but not without snags, as can be seen in the experiences of two veterans who teetered on the brink of homelessness.
 
Decades after his tour of duty in the...

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By Julie S.
February 6, 2015

A new study showed that people suffering from different mental disorders have the same gray matter loss in their brains.

Researchers at Stanford University Medical Center reviewed 193 studies that included more than 16,000 brain images. They looked at the brain scans o...

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By Lynn O’ Shaughnessy
February 6, 2015

Every year for half a century UCLA has surveyed freshman classes at schools across the country to get a reading on their mental health. The latest findings aren't encouraging: The emotional health of 2014's crop of college freshmen is at an all-time low.

 

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By David M. Perry
February 3, 2015

In late January, Kristiana Coignard, a seventeen-year-old woman with bipolar disorder and depression, walked into the police department in Longwood, Texas, with "I have a gun" written on her hand. She also had a knife in her waistband. Officer Glenn Derr approached...

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By Stephanie Castillo
February 4, 2015

A new survey found 71 percent of Americans believe the country’s policy regarding mental health is in need of significant, radical change.

The results of the survey were in tandem with the announcement of the formation of the Kennedy Center for Mental Health...

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By David Satcher and  Patrick J. Kennedy
February 4, 2015

What if we told you there was an issue that virtually everyone — Democrat, Republican and Independents — agreed on? Would it further surprise you that it's a subject on which we've been silent for generations?

But now, an overwhelming m...

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By David Gorn
February 2, 2015

Researchers at UCLA last week released a report examining five California community clinics that have taken initial steps to incorporate mental health care into the primary care setting.

"We wanted to show some examples of clinics that were integrating mental and phys...

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By Morgan Baskin
January 30, 2015

When tragedy strikes, communities converge.

This is true for Appalachian State University (ASU), where five students have died this academic year — one of whom committed suicide in her dorm room Jan. 19 — and Yale University, which lost sophomore Luchang Wang o...

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By Richard A. Oppel Jr.
January 29, 2015

Even as Los Angeles became home to the country’s largest population of homeless military veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs for years has used much of its 387-acre tract near the city’s exclusive Brentwood neighborhood for other purposes, includ...

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Posted by Heidi Buech on Jan 30, 2015

By Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.)
January 26, 2015

I first met Timothy O’ Clair at a little league game in 2001. Timothy was a bright and energetic youngster with the whole world ahead of him. Unfortunately, Timothy also suffered from a debilitating mental illness. When Timothy’s insurance would no l...

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By Gale Holland
January 27, 2015

The federal government has agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing the Department of Veterans Affairs of misusing its sprawling West Los Angeles health campus while veterans with brain injuries and mental impairment slept in the streets, people familiar with the agreeme...

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By the Editorial Board
January 29, 2015

California voters don’t readily raise taxes. But because the cause was just, they made an exception in 2004 by authorizing a $1 billion-plus a year tax to help poor souls who struggle with mental illness.

“Our prisons and jails are full of thousands of p...

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By Kimberly Leonard
January 27, 2015

 Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., said Tuesday that he has not stepped onto the House floor without a member of Congress asking him what will happen to mental health legislation – raising the hopes of many that 2015 might be the year for substantial change in the fiel...

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By Michelle Chen
January 26, 2015

More than thirty years have passed since the first “revolution in mental health”—the deinstitutionalization movement that moved patients out of segregated mental health hospitals and, in theory, back into their neighborhoods to be with their families. But a g...

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By Ruth Graham
January 23, 2015

If you are one of the millions of Americans who have been trained in first aid, you know what to do if you are walking down the street and see a stranger suddenly clutch his chest and collapse. But if that same man instead is shouting to himself, or having a panic att...

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By Abby Sewell
January 22, 2015

Los Angeles County officials Thursday released a previously withheld "confidential" memo that outlined a proposal by the director of Health Services to consolidate two other health-related agencies under his department.

County supervisors voted unanimously last week...

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By Grace Hood
January 19, 2015

It's been two and a half years since the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting in which James Holmes allegedly killed 12 people at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

Jury selection for the 2012 incident is scheduled to start Tuesday. One of the reasons why it took so long...

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By Michael Winerip & Michael Schwirtz
July 14, 2014

After being arrested on a misdemeanor charge following a family dispute last year, Jose Bautista was unable to post $250 bail and ended up in a jail cell on Rikers Island.

A few days later, he tore his underwear, looped it around his neck and tri...

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Women & Infants Hospital
January 20, 2015

In a new study published online in Biological Psychiatry on January 16, 2015, researchers from Butler Hospital identify an association between biological changes on the cellular level and both childhood adversity and psychiatric disorders. These changes in t...

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By NPR Staff
January 18, 2015

This past week, more than 2,000 mental health workers for the HMO health care giant Kaiser Permanente in California went on strike.

The strike was organized by the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The union says Kaiser Permanente patients have been the victims of...

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By Kristine Crane
January 15, 2015

When Hind Benjelloun, a District of Columbia-based crisis psychiatrist with InSight Telepsychiatry, works an overnight shift, there’s never a dull moment. Even when the emergency room empties out, Benjelloun still has patients waiting for her on her computer scre...

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By Jason Millman
January 14, 2015

Gun suicides are becoming far more common than gun-related homicides, accounting for 64 percent of all gun deaths in 2012, according to new statistics. And the suicides have become especially common among older white men.

There were 32,288 deaths from firearm viole...

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By Chase Scheinbaum
January 14, 2015

Two decades ago, the federal Department of Justice concluded that Los Angeles County provides inadequate suicide prevention and mental health services to mentally ill prisoners -- and the problem may not be much better today.

L.A. County May Create Jail Unit to ...

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By Lisa Gillespie
January 5, 2015

Even though more Americans than before have access to health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, getting mental health services can still be challenging.

A report released in November concludes that despite a 2008 mental health parity law, some state exch...

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By Andrea Gardner
January 13, 2015

Los Angeles County supervisors took a first step Tuesday toward merging the departments of Public Health, Mental Health and Health Services into one county health agency, angering hundreds of mental health advocates, who attended the public meeting to oppose the mo...

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By Ann Amato
January 12, 2015

Kaiser Permanente is failing its mental health patients.

I see it firsthand every day. I have worked for Kaiser for nearly 22 years, 11 years as a front-line adult psychiatry therapist and the last eight years as a behavioral health education provider, providing therap...

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By Barbara Anderson
January 9, 2015

Kaiser Permanente-Fresno mental health workers plan to go on a weeklong strike Monday, joining hundreds of their colleagues statewide to protest what they say is the health system’s inadequate staffing to provide mental health services.

Kaiser-Fresno mental hea...

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By Rebecca Parr
December 31, 2014

Kaiser Permanente's 2,600 California mental health clinicians will launch a weeklong, statewide strike Jan. 12 to protest what they say is its failure to give timely, quality mental health care.

Kaiser strike: Mental health workers to walk out Jan. 12 [Contra Costa...

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By Natasha Singer
December 26, 2014

The Samaritans, a well-known suicide-prevention group in Britain, recently introduced a free web app that would alert users whenever someone they followed on Twitter posted worrisome phrases like “tired of being alone” or “hate myself.”

Risks in Using Soc...

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By Seattle Times Editorial Board
December 27, 2014

IN early October, a 56-year-old man was arrested at the Burien Transit Center for threatening bus passengers. He had no criminal record, but did have a history of mental illness.

Editorial: Defending the “indefensible” in the mental-health syst...

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By Kimberly Yonkers
December 26, 2014

The shooting deaths of two New York police officers in Brooklyn on Dec. 20 has again brought gun violence into the national conversation.

Stop blaming mental health for gun violence. The problem is guns. [Washington Post]

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By Jennifer Brown
January 1, 2015

Electric shock therapy, no longer the fearsome, convulsing drama of the movies, has remained for decades the "gold standard" in treatment for people with severe depression.

Mental health treatment remains complex [Denver Post]

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By Luciana Berger
December 23, 2014

One in five women experience a mental health condition during pregnancy, or in the year after giving birth. It can affect any woman.

Delusions, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts — this is the reality of pregnancy for many women, but it doesn't have to be [Th...

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By Liz Szabo
December 31, 2014

Chapter 1: Hearing Voices

Tiffany Martinez was in a freshman history class at the University of Southern Maine when she was startled by a female voice.

She whipped around to see who it was.

No one was there.

Early intervention could change nature of schizophrenia [...

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By Carol Smaldino
December 17, 2014

Dick Cheney can wag his finger at the anchor or at the public that is protesting the use of torture, but it's not quite as appropriate for members of the mental health professions, who have actively committed to doing "no harm". In addition to the brutality of the...

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By Krystal Reddick
December 16, 2014

What's in a mental health label? Schizophrenia. Bipolar. Anxiety. Depression. OCD. And so on.

Does a mental health label define you?

To Accept or Reject Mental Health Labels, That Is the Question [Huffington Post]

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By Kristen Jones
December 17, 2014

Do police officers have an obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate people with mental illnesses when making arrests?

Police Shooting Case Involving Mental Health Crisis Goes to Supreme Court [Rocky Mountain PBS News]

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By Josh Hicks
December 15, 2014

Military personnel facing less-than-honorable discharge would have their cases reviewed by at least one mental-health professional under the defense-spending bill that Congress sent to President Obama late last week.

Defense spending bill would put mental-health expe...

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By Andrew Pollack
December 09, 2014

It is either the most exciting new treatment for depression in years or it is a hallucinogenic club drug that is wrongly being dispensed to desperate patients in a growing number of clinics around the country.

Special K, A Hallucinogen, Raises Hopes and Concerns ...

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By Wayne Drash
December 13, 2014

Tim Murphy was fascinated with trains at the age of 9. Every morning and evening, he went outside to watch an iron horse roar by on the railroad line that cut through Northfield, Ohio.

'I ask members of Congress to look those Newtown families in the eye' [CNN]

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By Robert David Jaffee 
December 10, 2014

"Rest, rest, perturbed spirit," says Hamlet to the ghost of his father.

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By Amanda Bloom 
December 9, 2014

Paul Gilmartin can spot his listeners well before they introduce themselves to him. They look like they want to cry, and their first words are usually something along the lines of "I just want to say ..." Gilmartin immediately hugs them, and the conversation that follows is far from anything two people who just met would ordinarily hold.

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By Liz Szabo
December 9, 2014

Two years after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., prompted calls to rebuild the country's frayed mental health system, the drive for change has slowed at the state level and ground almost to a halt in Washington.

 

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By Lenny Bernstein
December 4, 2014

You'd expect the socially progressive states of the Northeast and Midwest to score well in a new state-by-state ranking of mental health services, and indeed, by some measures they do. When the advocacy group Mental Health America released the first-ever such rankings Wednesday, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, North Dakota, and Delaware received the highest overall scores when prevalence of mental illness is compared to access to care. Arizona, Mississippi, Nevada, Washington, and Louisiana received the lowest marks.

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By Laura Tedesco
December 4, 2014

When soldiers come home from war, there’s a week, maybe two, of total euphoria as they reconnect with family and friends, making up for lost time. But, “then real life sets in,” says Sarah Brunskill, who researches social transitions among soldiers.

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By Katherine Hobson & Hallie Levine 
December 9, 2014

Affordable mental-health care has been easier to come by in recent years. Insurance coverage, once riddled with onerous caps and restrictions, is now more widely available. “Things have gotten better for many,” says Andrew Sperling, director of federal advocacy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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By Aliyah Frumin
December 2, 2014

In an effort to reform the way New York City handles mentally ill inmates, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new, $130 million program on Tuesday that’s aimed at reducing unnecessary arrests and incarceration while addressing behavioral health needs of prisoners.

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By Sharon Terlep
December 1, 2014

The apparent suicide last week of Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge underscores Brian Hainline ’s argument that college athletes need better mental-health services.

The Mental Health of the College Athlete [The Wall Street Journal]

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By Jan Hoffman
November 28, 2014

The pastor’s phone rang in the midnight darkness. A man’s voice rasped: “My wife left me and I’ve got a shotgun in my mouth. Give me one reason why I shouldn’t pull the trigger.”

More Pastors Embrace Talk of Mental Ills [The New York Times]

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By Rebecca Plevin
November 30, 2014

It's a myth that the suicide rate increases during the holidays, but therapists at one of Southern California's largest mental health services agencies say they do observe a spike in depression among children and teenagers this time of year.

Mental Health Agency ...

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By Kathryn Doyle
November 24, 2014
 
For the many veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who don’t have access to a trained mental health care team, connecting with such a team remotely by phone and video chats may help, a new study suggests.
 

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By Jennifer Brown
November 25, 2014

At dawn, the shelters send them back to the streets. Or they wake up beside the river, another day to wander downtown among the workers and tourists.

Two-thirds of them, the chronically homeless of Denver, have this in common: mental illness.

Homeless Mental Ill...

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By Rebecca Parr
November 21, 2014

EMERYVILLE -- Psychologists and therapists on Thursday demanded that Kaiser fix what they say is inadequate mental health care, with patients sometimes having to wait more than a month for follow-up appointments.

Kaiser Mental Health Workers Say System Broken [San ...

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By Clyde Haberman
November 23, 2014

The notion that a person might embody several personalities, each of them distinct, is hardly new. The ancient Romans had a sense of this and came up with Janus, a two-faced god. In the 1880s, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde...

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By Maria Konnikova
November 19, 2014

On Friday, October 24th, during the busy lunch hour in the school cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, in Marysville, Washington, Jaylen Fryberg opened fire on his classmates, killing one student and wounding four others, three of whom later died from t...

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By Jenny Gold
November 19, 2014

When it comes to expanding health coverage to its poorest residents, California could be taking two steps forward and one step back.

Even as the state celebrates its enrollment of more than 2.7 million low-income Californians in Medi-Cal in 2014, it may drop an unus...

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By Peter Kinderman
November 17, 2014

The idea that our more distressing emotions such as grief and anger can best be understood as symptoms of physical illnesses is pervasive and seductive. But in my view it is also a myth, and a harmful one. Our present approach to helping vulnerable people in acu...

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By Alina Tugend
November 14, 2014  

About six months ago, Patrick Ross knew things had reached a breaking point at work. An angry email he had sent to a superior — combined with occasional temper flare-ups and brusque interactions with colleagues — was endangering his job of two years as deput...

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By Jon Ortiz
November 12, 2014

Joe Farrow had it right Wednesday morning when he said, “Everybody in this room knows we have an issue to work on. A big issue.”

The CHP commissioner uttered those words before kicking off a five-hour meeting to talk about mental-health training for police. More ...

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By Arian Campo-Flores
November 11, 2014

MIAMI—One quarter of Hispanics in the U.S. lack health insurance, the highest rate for any racial or ethnic group, according to census data. Reducing that number will be one of the Obama administration’s biggest challenges when it reopens health-insurance...

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By Evan Bick
November 11, 2014

The movies have it wrong. Combat, at least in my experience, was not non-stop or action-packed. Those who have experienced it know that modern warfare usually involves a lot of starting and stopping. Long stretches of quiet, even boredom, can be broken in an instant.

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By Rebecca Plevin
November 6, 2014

The number of California kids hospitalized with a mental illness has been steadily climbing since 2007. In fact, for California kids ages 5 to 19, the rate of hospitalization due to mental illness increased about 43 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to figur...

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By Ross Szabo November 10, 2014

Imagine a world where men are openly embracing, laughing, crying and expressing all of their emotions. Weird, right? Nope. This is what men do at nearly every sporting event or sports bar in the world. Unfortunately, that openness and comfort to express their feeling...

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By Lisa Esposito
November 5, 2014

Baghdad in 2007: Ryan Rigdon, then 24, held his life in his hands, but it was all in a day’s work. As a Navy senior explosive ordnance disposalman, his job was using robotic technology to disarm roadside bombs. He had volunteered, received extensive training and w...

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By Associated Press
November 4, 2014

Many mental health disorders first surface during adolescence, and college and youth pastors are in a good position to offer help or steer youths elsewhere to find it. But many of those pastors feel ill-prepared to recognize and treat mental illness, according to...

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By Patricia Lamiell
November 5, 2014

A fatal high school shooting in October near Seattle reignited a long-running national debate about gun safety, mental illness and minors. An important major study, to be published on Nov. 5 by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and Teachers College, Colum...

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By Ginger Lerner-Wren
November 3, 2014

I recently visited California. There, I was bombarded with ads for Proposition 47 -- The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund. I must admit being from Florida these ads were extremely thought provoking. According to the Los Angeles Times, "this statewide initiat...

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By Kimberly Leonard
October 29, 2014

A flood of patients who have become newly insured under the Affordable Care Act are visiting doctor's offices and hospitals, causing some health workers to worry about how they can provide care to everyone in need. One group, however, isn't lining up for care: Pe...

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By Jean Mikle
October 28, 2014

Nearly two years after superstorm Sandy, one in five storm victims continue to suffer from severe psychological stress, according to a new Monmouth University survey.

Mental Health Issues Persist for Sandy Survivors [USA Today]

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By: Bernard J. Wolfson
October 27, 2014

A scarcity of psychiatric beds. Mental patients languishing in overstretched emergency rooms. Assaults on ER doctors and nurses. Longer waits for everyone. 

You would be hard-pressed to find a hospital executive, ER worker, police officer, ambulance driver, ...

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October 27, 2014

People facing mental health challenges are significantly more likely to have heart disease or stroke, according to a study presented today at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.

People with Mental Health Disorders Twice as Likely to Have Heart Disease or Stroke [Medical Xpress]

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By Jeet Heer
October 25, 2014

When Corporal Nathan Cirillo stood guard on Wednesday morning at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, which stands kitty-corner from Canada’s Parliament, he carried a rifle that was unloaded. Although the sentries at the monument are real soldiers, their presence is m...

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By David Cameron
October 23, 2014

Two new studies suggest that while individuals enrolling in the armed forces do not share the exact psychological profile as socio-demographically comparable civilians, they are more similar than previously thought.

Pre-Enlistment Mental Disorders and Suicidality A...

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By D.S. Woodfill
October 22, 2014

The Phoenix Police Department announced reforms Wednesday that it hopes will decrease police involvement with people in a mental-health crisis and lessen the odds of violent confrontations.

Phoenix Police Introduce Mental-Health-Crisis Reforms [AZ Central]

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By Philip Chard
October 20, 2014

When held hostage by psychological issues, most of us try to think our way out.

In other words, we use the mind to try fixing the mind. The most recognized method in this regard is talk therapy, but reading self-help books, writing journals, life coaching and person...

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By Anemona Hartocollis
October 19, 2014

A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms has grown to roughly 34,500 names, a previously undisclosed figure that has raised concerns among some mental health advocates that too many people have been categorized as ...

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By Hemal Jhaveri
October 20, 2014

Ben Scrivens has earned a reputation as one of the NHL’s most introspective and eclectic players.

An Ivy league grad, Scrivens is the kind of guy who listens to Ted Talks on team flights, and reads books with titles like The Elegant Universe. He will now also tak...

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By Lydia O’Connor
October 16, 2014

In January 2011, wheelchair-bound Randal Dunklin, 55, was denied services at a mental health clinic in San Francisco. Outside the clinic, he grew upset and began vandalizing cars. He pulled out a knife, prompting police to arrive at the scene. When he wouldn't dr...

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By Sue Baker
October 10, 2014

(CNN) -- On World Mental Health Day, around the globe many of us, perhaps hundreds of thousands or even millions, will be raising awareness of mental health issues to challenge outdated views, and to put an end to life-limiting, and sometimes life-threatening, stigma an...

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By Katie Deshesky
October 14, 2014

By the time he was 4 years old, my son had already been through seven child care programs. We left a couple voluntarily – one because the facilities weren’t kept clean and another because my son went missing and was found wandering down the street. But in most ...

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By Gregg Zoroya
October 9, 2014

The Suicide Crisis

Standing high above the San Francisco Bay, perched on an I-beam outside the Golden Gate Bridge railing, the man dressed neatly in khakis and a button-down shirt hesitated.

400,000 Suicides Annually, Yet America Simply Shrugs [USA Today]

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Nearly $9 Billion per Year is Spent Locking Up People Struggling with Mental Illness.

By Kara Dansky
October 9, 2014

Michelle Mata wants to be treated the way you would want your mom to be treated. She’s an aunt, and a neighbor. She likes line dancing. And she suffers from major depressive disord...

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By Michelle Miller
October 6, 2014

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - The 4 a.m. wake-up call was none like these teenagers had ever heard.

"Get up! Move it!" the instructors shouted as they rushed in. "You better hurry up! Toe the line!"

National Guard Program Puts Dropouts on a New Track [CBS News]

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By Alexandra Sifferlin
October 7th, 2014

Two new reports argue for in-school mental health screenings.

Schools should be a first line of defense for catching young people at risk for mental health issues from depression to ADHD, a pair of new reports says.

Why Schools Should Screen Their Students..

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By Dennis Thompson
October 6, 2014

One out of three people diagnosed with cancer also wind up struggling with a mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression, a new study from Germany reports.

Cancer Diagnosis Can Take Toll on Mental Health, Study Finds [WebMD]

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By Erik Eckholm
October 5, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty years ago, amid a national panic over crime, California voters adopted the country’s most stringent three-strikes law, sentencing repeat felons to 25 years to life, even if the third offense was a minor theft.

The law epitomized the tough-o...

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October 2, 2014

The Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to set aside $20 million for diversion programs designed to treat, rather than jail, mentally ill offenders. The allocation was one of several made as the board finalized changes to its 2014-15 budget.

L.A. County Funds Diversion for Mentally...

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By Tyler Kingkade
October 1, 2014

Fifty-five colleges and universities have signed on to participate in a program run by two prominent nonprofits to examine how well the schools are handling student mental health on campus, the organizations plan to announce Wednesday.

55 Colleges Sign Up For Campu...

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By Patrick Healy
October 1, 2014

One in five veterans in Los Angeles was homeless for a part of last year, according to a newly-published survey that breaks new ground in detailing the challenges of transitioning from military duty to civilian life.

Landmark USC Study on Veterans Finds Need for Mor...

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By David Gorn
September 25, 2014

This week, the Little Hoover Commission convened to take a close look at the mental health system in California -- in particular, how successful the 2004 Mental Health Services Act has been, and where it has been lacking.

Data, Oversight Cited as Central Needs To Im...

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By Alice G. Walton
September 28, 2014

New research in The Lancet Psychiatry suggests that for people with social anxiety, talk therapy may be a better option than medication. The study is one of a growing number that suggests that talk therapy may rival medication for certain mental health disorders...

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By Matt Farwell
September 24, 2014

It seems obvious that Omar J. Gonzalez, the 42-year-old veteran who hopped the White House fence on Friday evening and actually made it into the building with a small folding knife, is lucky to be alive and in custody. But let’s review a few of the many ways he c...

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By Rick Nauert
September 19, 2014

Researchers have developed a smartphone application that passively monitors a student’s mental health and compares their mental status to academic performance and recent behavior.

New App Monitors Students’ Mental Health [PsychCentral]

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By Jacque Wilson
September 17, 2014

(CNN) -- What we know -- and psychiatrists have diagnosed for decades -- as schizophrenia may really be eight separate diseases, research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggests.

Study: Schizophrenia is 8 diseases [CNN]

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By Jim Miller
September 17, 2014

Less than 40 percent of Californians realize that health insurance plans generally cover mental health treatment as well as other types of medical care, according to a new Field Poll that found a lack of knowledge about mental health assistance and varying levels of ...

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Daniel O. Jamison
September 15, 2014

California law wrongly favors the liberty of the mentally ill over public safety.

The law has two main components. First, under Welfare & Institutions Code section 5150, authorities may arrest and hold for up to 72 hours a mentally disordered person whom they pe...

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By Dan Romer
September 12, 2014

Ever since the release of A Nation at Risk in 1983, schools have become a battleground for opposing views about how best to educate our children. Battle lines have formed around such contentious issues as whether parents should have the option of choosing charter scho...

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By Avery Stone
September 5, 2014

In our culture, being masculine often means not being vulnerable; this is especially true in the NFL, where it seems players must act like stone-faced warriors to survive unscathed. But Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has weaknesses, and he isn't afraid ...

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By John Richter
September 10, 2014

For more than a half century suicide hotlines have been cornerstones in our efforts to prevent the tragedy of suicide, and they have saved countless lives. These services are staffed by trained responders who attempt to convince distraught callers from harming them...

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By Warren Rojas
September 8, 2014

Call us crazy, but the “Please Like Me” screening and subsequent discussion on the current state of mental health affairs co-hosted by actor/show creator Josh Thomas and Rep. Grace F. Napolitano on Tuesday sounds like it could actually be interesting.

Grace Nap...

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By Cynthia H. Craft
September 9, 2014

Health care giant Kaiser Permanente has agreed to pay a $4 million fine to California’s overseer of managed health care following an 18-month battle with state officials over whether Kaiser blocked patients from timely access to mental health services.

Kaiser...

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By Steve Lopez
September 6, 2014

I first got to know state Sen. Darrell Steinberg almost 10 years ago, through his crusade to lend a hand to the mentally ill, many of whom suffer on skid rows and in jail cells because of decades of shameful public policy failures.

Behind a Senator’s Mental Health...

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By Liz Szabo
September 4, 2014

A Virginia lawmaker, who said his world "changed forever" when his son stabbed him before committing suicide in November, called on Congress Thursday to repair the nation's crumbling mental health system to prevent more tragedies.

Va. Lawmaker Stabbed by Son Urges Men...

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By Alana Horowitz
September 9, 2014

By all accounts, Linnea Lomax entered college a strong, athletic, ambitious young woman -- which is why it was so shocking to her parents as they watched her grow anxious, obsessive and suffer a breakdown toward the end of her freshman year. During finals, the Lom...

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By Rebecca Plevin
September 3, 2014

A growing chain of specialized Los Angeles County clinics is keeping people experiencing mental health crises from ending up in jail or an emergency room, according to statistics compiled by the county and an agency that runs two of the clinics.

Special Clinics H...

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By Abby Goodnough

August 28, 2014 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Terri Hall’s anxiety was back, making her hands shake as she tried to light a cigarette on the stoop of her faded apartment building. She had no appetite, and her mind galloped as she grasped for an answer to her latest setback.

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By Peter Cooney

August 26, 2014

President Barack Obama, weeks after signing legislation to fix delays in veterans' healthcare, will unveil a series of executive actions on Tuesday aimed at improving access to mental health treatment for former service members.

Link: http://www.reuters.com/articl...

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By Dennis Wagner

August 25, 2014

Seven years ago, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs rejected allegations by media outlets and watchdog organizations that America faced a suicide epidemic among former military personnel.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/25/vets-suic...

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By Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska)
August 25, 2014

Mental illness is a disease that knows no race, gender, socio-economic background or political party.  It impacts Americans from all walks of life.  Improving the way this country addresses mental illness should be a priorit...

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By Ben Casselman

August 26, 2014

The number of homeless veterans in the United States has fallen 33 percent since 2010, to just under 50,000 as of January. The number of homeless veterans sleeping in the street, as opposed to in shelters, fell even faster, down nearly 40 percent over the past four...

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By Bahar Gholipour

August 28, 2014

About 70 percent of U.S. teens who have serious emotional or behavioral difficulties receive mental health services that don't involve taking medications, such as counseling, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Link: h...

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By Jesse Singal
August 22, 2014

On Tuesday, 25-year-old Kajieme Powell was shot by St. Louis police responding to a call that he had stolen two canned energy drinks and a packet of pastries from a local convenience store. As a video of the incident reveals, Powell had been stalking the sidewalk in...

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By Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

August 20, 2014

Allen Frances (The Huffington Post August 7, 2014) claims that the American mental health system is worse now than ever before. He and other critics who share this view are wrong. Today's system is undoubtedly inadequate in many ways -- but it is bette...

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By Julie Small
August 19, 2014

Segregating prison inmates who repeatedly break the rules or turn violent against other inmates or guards is not new in California. For years the state has placed these inmates in special housing sections with multiple barriers between them and others. But the practice...

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