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NAMI on "Insight on Disability"
August 17, 2104

Image   NAMI staff talks with Insight on Disability (WCBM 680) about depression, suicide, and upcoming programs.

 

"In [Robin] Williams' death, suicide prevention advocates see opportunity to raise awareness."

Physicians, public health officials and mental health advocates hope the death of Robin Williams will bring new attention to suicide, the little-discussed and less-understood phenomenon that now ranks among the top 10 causes of death in the United States.

The public might consider it a concern chiefly for teens and the elderly. But adults ages 45 to 64 — the Academy Award-winning actor was 63 — now account for the largest number of suicides and have the fastest-growing suicide rate....

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-suicide-older-adults-20140812,0,3908112.story#ixzz3AJ36Ofnp

Learn more about mental illness.  If you or a loved one are facing mental health challenges, contact the NAMI Helpline (410-435-2600) for support, resources, and hope.

Campus Police Get Mental Illness Training: Program Aims to Stem Violence

The Baltimore Sun, August 19, 2013 - The voices are constant. They fight each other for space in your brain, and while you try to process what they're saying — "You're worthless, we hate you" — you can't believe what you're seeing: the TV weatherman talking directly to you.

"You just gonna sit around with your stupid mouth open?" he says.

The abuse goes on for six uncomfortable minutes before Candice Tyrell, a seven-year veteran of the Washington College campus police force, pulls away from the Mindstorm "psychosis simulator" and pronounces the whole thing "weird."

"I couldn't imagine living that way," she said.

The experience, which mimics a schizophrenic psychotic episode through video and voices, was part of a daylong training session held at Towson University on Monday for campus police and security personnel from nine Maryland schools. It was led by the Maryland chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to help college law enforcement recognize — and appropriately respond to — mental illness in the aftermath of several high-profile incidents.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bs-md-safe-campus-20130819,0,4466890.story#ixzz2dI5D3O41







 


 

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