Monthly Archives: November 2013

How a small California town curbed a teen suicide epidemic—by talking about it

How a small California town curbed a teen suicide epidemic—by talking about it Ethan Elzea, 15, believes talking about suicide will help him and others cope with the dark thoughts that often trouble teenagers, including his friends and classmates in … Continue reading

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Mental health advocates: Shortage of beds could mean more violence

Mental health advocates: Shortage of beds could mean more violence – Even as authorities sort out the events that ended with a Virginia state senator stabbed and his son dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, mental health advocates warned Wednesday … Continue reading

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The Truth About Mental Illness and Guns

The Truth About Mental Illness and Guns “To the extent that society continues to vilify the mentally ill and scapegoat them as the primary cause of gun violence, is a major step backward,” says Hoge

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Outgunned: Stigma Over Mental Illness Linked to Gun Violence

Outgunned: Stigma Over Mental Illness Linked to Gun Violence Clearly, African Americans are not immune to mental illness. We, too, face mental-health issues that lead to and stem from gun violence. According to NAMI, or the National Alliance for Mental … Continue reading

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Creating an oasis in a Southern ‘food desert’

Creating an oasis in a Southern ‘food desert’ For more than a decade, Robin Emmons felt helpless as her older brother lived on the streets, eating out of garbage cans. She tried repeatedly to get him help for his mental … Continue reading

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Warning signs parents can’t ignore

Warning signs parents can’t ignore The vast majority of young adults with mental health issues do not become violent, although young adulthood is typically when symptoms of mental illness, including schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, surface, experts say. Warning signs from … Continue reading

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‘Kangaroo care’ key for premature babies

‘Kangaroo care’ key for premature babies “The perception is you need intensive care for pre-term babies, “But 85% of babies born premature are six weeks early or less. They need help feeding, with temperature control and they are more prone … Continue reading

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Mental Health Patients Now Able to Seek Full Treatment Under Obamacare

Mental Health Patients Now Able to Seek Full Treatment Under Obamacare After years of waiting, the Obama administration has finally solidified the rules for the 1996 and 2008 health laws in relation to the Mental Health Parity Law. Mental health … Continue reading

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Feds boosting mental health access, treatment

Feds boosting mental health access, treatment Insurance companies often cover mental illness in a more limited fashion than physical illness. Now the rule will require insurers to charge similar co-payments regardless if the treatment is for physical or mental health. … Continue reading

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Black People Are Not Immune From Mental Illness

Black People Are Not Immune From Mental Illness  Though some Black health experts have long been warning the public about the mental health crisis that afflicts a number of Black Americans, too many people have dismissed the disease, asserting that … Continue reading

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