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Bernie Sanders' Mental Health Joke About the GOP is No Laughing Matter
Posted on Mar 08 2016
U.S. News & Wordled Report
*NAMI op-ed by Mary Giliberti
No candidate would make a joke during a political debate about people fighting cancer or living with diabetes. The same standard of seriousness, decency and respect should apply to mental health. All candidates – national, state and local – should be talking about mental health during the 2016 election campaigns. That includes speaking out against stigma
Doctors Often Fail to Treat Depression Like a Chronic Illness
Posted on Mar 07 2016
National Public Radio
Eight million doctor appointments are made each year because of depression. More than half are with primary care physicians, but those doctors often fall short in treating depression because of insurance issues, time constraints and other factors.
Mental Illness: Families Cut Out of Care
Posted on Mar 02 2016
*NAMI Ron Honberg
Federal law, HIPAA, forbids health providers from disclosing a patient’s medical information without consent, but people with ental illness often need help in making decisions and taking care of themselves, because their illness impairs judgement. Patients may not even realize they’re sick. Excluding families can lead to tragic results.
How America's criminal justice system became the country's mental health system
Posted on Mar 01 2016
Two scenarios show what happens when police—and the justice system more broadly—deal with people with mental illnesses: In one, the encounter ends in a violent arrest that increases paranoia toward police. In the other, a situation is resolved peacefully in a way that prevents potential violence in the future.