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Report: More Mental Health Services Would Make Schools Safer
Posted on Aug 27 2018
Associated Press

Discusses a new report  looking into safety threats and security concerns in Pennsylvania schools which says there's a widespread need for better access to mental health services. The task force released the report that recommends expanded use of existing mental health programs and better ways to inform parents and students about what is currently available.

The NBA Needs to Stay out of Its Players’ Mental Health Records
Posted on Aug 27 2018
GrandStand Central
NAMI mentioned

Looks at a recent development that some NBA owners have been lobbying to get the mental health histories of players included in their medical records.

Criminal Justice Reform as Public Health Intervention
Posted on Aug 24 2018
St. Louis American

Missouri Foundation for Health has formed a new partnership with the City of St. Louis to address criminal justice reform. With support from the foundation, St. Louis is teaming up with FUSE Corp, a national nonprofit, to reduce the city’s jail population by 40 percent over the next five years and substantially improve behavioral health care at the facilities.

Dear Abby: How do you deal with having a mental disorder?
Posted on Aug 23 2018
Chicago Sun-Times
NAMI mentioned

Discusses the benefit of joining a support group to not feel so isolated and mentions contacting NAMI via website or helpline for more information.

Their dad killed himself on the farm where he was born. They hope his story will save others
Posted on Aug 21 2018
NAMI mentioned

Discusses how a daughter is determined to take her family's anguish and use it for good by advocating on behalf of other farmers who may be in crisis before it’s too late for them. 

Just Because Someone Wants a Cop to Shoot Him Dead Doesn’t Mean We Have to Comply
Posted on Aug 19 2018
Sacramento Bee
NAMI mentioned

Discusses the uses of deadly force by police officers in cases involving individuals with mental illness and alternative non-lethal ways of handling the situation.

Tips for Traveling Safely When You Have a Serious Mental Illness
Posted on Aug 15 2018
NAMI mentioned

Discusses how traveling can create additional risks for people with a serious mental illness and provides tips that may help.

Antianxiety drugs — often more deadly than opioids — are fueling the next drug crisis in U.S.
Posted on Aug 03 2018

Discusses the rise in benzodiazepines prescriptions that overdose deaths involving benzodiazepines have quadrupled between 2002 and 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 

The Insurance Industry’s Secret Fight Against Mental Health Equality
Posted on Aug 03 2018
Morning Consult

Opinoin piece on the issue of parity that points out the discrepancy between physical and behavioral health claims, and underscores the unfair and illegal nature of the insurance industry’s actions.

Three ways to get people the mental-health care they need
Posted on Aug 03 2018
Washington Post

Opinion piece by Kate Farinholt, Executive Director, NAMI Maryland; Jean Harris, Executive Director, NAMI DC and Rhonda Thissen, Executive Director, NAMI Virginia discusses the importance of enforcing mental health parity which requires that health-insurance plans provide the same coverage for treatment of mental illness and addiction as for physical ailments.

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