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Doctors Often Fail to Treat Depression Like a Chronic Illness
Posted on Mar 07 2016
National Public Radio
*NAMI

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.

Are mass shootings contagious? Some scientists who study how viruses spread say yes.
Posted on Mar 07 2016
Washington Post
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 Mass shootings may be another form of suicide contagion. Perpetrators may be susceptible for a number of reasons, including social isolation, depression or paranoia.

More than a third of people shot by L.A. police last year were mentally ill, LAPD report finds
Posted on Mar 02 2016

*NAMI Los Angeles Council

The 300-page report also shows that 25% of  less-serious uses of force involved a person whom a police officer believed had a mental illness.

Mental Illness: Families Cut Out of Care
Posted on Mar 02 2016
USA Today
*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.

Survey: Half of Community College Students Report Mental Health Problems
Posted on Mar 02 2016
Inside Higher Ed
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Almost 50 percent of community college students have reported having current or recent mental health problems. 4,000 students at 10 community colleges in seven states were surveyed.

How America's criminal justice system became the country's mental health system
Posted on Mar 01 2016
Vox
*NAMI

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.

An Insurance Penalty From Postpartum Depression
Posted on Feb 26 2016
New York Times
*NAMI

Life and disability insurance sometimes penalize women, charging them more money, excluding mental illness from coverage or declining to cover them at all.

Ensuring a Safe Hospital Environment
Posted on Feb 23 2016
New York Times
*NAMI

Letter to the editor by NAMI's president responds to "When the Hospital Fires a Bullet" (linked). We should not tolerate Tasers and bullets aimed at people experiencing mental health emergencies in hospitals. 

‘Nut job,’ ‘wacko,’ ‘basket case’: How Donald Trump’s put-downs may impact mental health stigma
Posted on Feb 22 2016
Washington Post
*NAMI

Stigmatizing words, stereotypes and portrayals end up helping to shape society’s attitudes around mental illness. You can’t say it’s harmless, because it isn’t.

 
 
People Abuse the Word Schizophrenic on Twitter—and That’s Terrible
Posted on Feb 18 2016
Future Tense (AU New America Slate)
*NAMI

Co-authored bty NAMI's medical director, the study is the first to examine the stigma of mental illness on social media. weets were compared with those for diabetes. Thirty-three percent were negativer; twice the rate for diabetes.

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