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The streets' sickest, costliest: the mentally ill
Posted on Jun 29 2016
San Francisco Chronicle
The Chronicle led more than 70 news organizations to focus intensively on San Francisco’s seemingly intractable problem of homelessness. This particular story. Nsationwide, approximately a third of homeless persons live with mental illness--and 80% of those who are chronically homeless.
Pediatricians urged to screen for suicide risks among teens
Posted on Jun 27 2016
American Academy of Pediatrics advises family doctors to screen teens for suicide risks after new information shows that suicide s the second leading cause of death among them, The benefits of antidepressants as a treatment option also signficantly outweigh risks.
Why I decided to speak out about mental illness in front of over 6,000 people
Posted on Jun 16 2016
The Wasshington Post's Pultizer Prize-winning health reporter Amy Ellis Nutt sat down with NAMI for a live chat on NAMI's Facebook page--the first time the news organization conducted one on the social media page of an outside organization. The story includes video.
Untangling Gun Violence from Mental Illness
Posted on Jun 07 2016
Anyone who kills someone is not what we would consider mentally healthy. But that does not mean they have a clinical diagnosis and therefore a treatable mental illness. There could be emotional regulation issues related to anger wich are a separate phenomenon.. I think we have a long way to go in terms of brain science to really understand those distinctions" said NAMI's senior policy advisor, Ron Honberg. "People [may] feel like, 'If I get identified as having a psychiatric diagnosis, people are going to draw certain conclusions.' It’s hard enough to get people to seek help when they need it.”
12 Things Girls With Depression Wish Our Friends Knew
Posted on Jun 07 2016
Honest adviced from those who know. #1 is don't say that a person's life isn't really bad; it only trivializes a medical illness. #7 is also important: don't romanticize the illness by claiming it's cool because so many creative actors, artists and writers have it.
On California's Death Row, Too Insane to Execute
Posted on Jun 05 2016
Los Angeles Times
A legal theory of “permanent incompetence” may make California the first to address a growing problem of aging and gravely mentally ill inmates awaiting ever-delayed execution.
Report: Police Departments Need Mental Health Programs
Posted on May 26 2016
U.S. News & World Report
A new federal report produced by NAMI and the US Department of Justice says police chiefs and sheriffs across the country should put mental health programs in place for their officers to help them cope with the aftermath of mass shootings and other traumatic events