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Should Dallas officers who survived ambush be required to undergo counseling?
Posted on Jul 11 2016
Dallas Morning News

Shootings, natural disasters and terrorist attacks affect first rresponders as surely as civilians. In the wake of the Dallas tragedy that left five police officers dead, the chief of police is responding tomental health concerns. NAMI's report on police mental health, released in April with the Department of Justice, is now being cited as a warning that  too few police agencies have prepared to support personnel who experience psychological fallout from mass casualty events.

Commentary: Minority Mental Health Month highlights urgent need
Posted on Jul 10 2016
Greenville Online (South Carolina)

NAMI and Alpha Kappa Alpha chapters natiowide are working together to increase mental health awareness in the African American community. African Americans comprise 12 percent of the population — the second-largest ethnic minority group in the United States — but they often receive disproportionately less and lower quality care than other communities for both medical and mental health services

Passing a Landmark Mental Health Bill
Posted on Jul 08 2016

NAMI called the bill a major step forward that also creates a framework for the future.

Mental Health Reform Bill Overwhelmingly Clears House of Representatives
Posted on Jul 06 2016

The House passed the bill by a vote of 422-2. Legislators are calling now for the Senate to act. The bill includes  provisions to address the nationwide shortage of psychiatric beds and child psychiatrists,as well as creating the position of assistant secretary for mental health in the Department of Health & Human Services.

Families failed by a broken mental health care system often have no one to call but police.
Posted on Jul 06 2016
Boston Globe

The second in a series, "The Deaparate and the Dead"about the Massachusetts mental health care system, this article focuses on deadly confrontations with police. It is linked to an additional article,"Crisis in the Woods."

The Assault on Antidepressants
Posted on Jul 01 2016
The Atlantic

Almost 25 years after Listening to Prozac, Peter Kramer. M.D., has published Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants to counter what he feels is a destructive level of ignorance and confusion about the  effectiveness of current medications. He makes the case that they work—not all the time, and not for all people, but in lots of ways that can save lives.

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
USA Today

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
Washington Post

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
The Atlantic

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.”

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