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State sued over involuntary psychiatric boarding
Posted on Nov 13 2018
Associated Press
NAMI mentioned

Discusses the class action lawsuit filed by the New Hampshire chapter of the ACLU on behalf of psychiatric patients being involuntarily held in hospital emergency departments. 

More Leeway for States to Expand Inpatient Mental Health
Posted on Nov 13 2018
Associated Press

The administration on Tuesday allowed states to provide more inpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness by tapping Medicaid, a potentially far-reaching move to address issues from homelessness to violence.

Should Childhood Trauma Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis?
Posted on Nov 09 2018

Reports on a new study published in JAMA that shows how the effects of childhood trauma persist and are linked to mental illness and addiction in adulthood. Researchers suggest that it might be more effective to approach trauma as a public health crisis than to limit treatment to individuals.

Mental health experts declined to commit Thousand Oaks gunman Ian David Long after April disturbance
Posted on Nov 08 2018

NAMI mentioned

Discusses the Thousand Oaks gunman’s history of possible PTSD and the fact that there is not a link between mental illness and mass shootings. 

People with serious mental illness tend to die prematurely. We can fix that
Posted on Nov 08 2018

Looks at the fact that people with serious mental illness die 10 to 25 years earlier than the general population. In low- and middle-income countries, 90 percent of people with serious mental illnesses are outside the formal health care system. There is growing global evidence that shows how to change these disparities including new care guidelines released by the World Health Organization.

What to say to someone experiencing anxiety or a panic attack
Posted on Nov 07 2018
NAMI mentioned

Looks at how everyone experiences anxiety differently, but if you've ever been around someone who is having a panic attack, suggesting "Try not to worry" is not the best idea. 

Using Supportive Housing To Improve Health Outcomes: Evidence From Arizona
Posted on Nov 02 2018
Health Affairs Blog

In January 2017, Aetna commissioned an independent evaluation to determine whether certain social determinant-of-health-related interventions offered by Mercy Care, including its scattered site housing program, reduced cost and improved health outcomes for people with a serious mental illness designation. Approximately 600 individuals enrolled in the scattered site housing program met the study criteria and were included in the analysis. 

Navigating Louisiana’s criminal courts with a mental illness is daunting. These people are trying to help.
Posted on Nov 01 2018

“Everything going OK?” It’s a simple question, one 22nd Judicial District Judge Peter Garcia asks each of the dozen or so people who appear before him at his behavioral health court every week. Advocates say this alternative court, which recognizes how a person with mental illness may struggle to comply with court probation, is what many in Louisiana need but only a few receive.

We Need to Talk More About Mental Health at Work
Posted on Nov 01 2018
Harvard Business Review

Human capital is the most valuable resource in our economy. As we recognize neurological and emotional diversity in all of its forms, workplace cultures need to make room for the wide range of emotions we experience. We need more flexibility, sensitivity, and open-mindedness from employers. The same treatment and attention they’d give to a broken bone or maternity leave. Because when people get the space and the support they need, it can change their careers, and their lives.

What 'This Is Us' gets right about depression
Posted on Oct 31 2018
NAMI mentioned

The show is embracing Toby's struggles, and it's not depicting depression or mental issues as a stereotype.

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