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The cure for mental health is not ignorance

Comments made by Steve Bannon, newly appointed chief strategist to President-elect Donald Trump, were recently released from his December 2015 email exchange with Breitbart editor, Matt Boyle. Boyle had suggested posting a story supporting Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to reform the … Continue reading

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A Thin Drawn Line: The Gender Gap in Mental Health

Mental illness is not perceived as an actual “illness”, and because of the stigma attached to it, families try to manage it at home. A 2008 ethnographic study in Sierra Leone found that families might take patients to traditional healers … Continue reading

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House Passes Most Significant Mental Health Reform Bill in Decades

Last week, the House of Representatives almost unanimously passed one of the most significant bills targeting mental health reform since 1963, but mental health advocates say this notable victory is only the tip of the iceberg. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/house-passes-most-significant-mental-health-reform-bill-decades-n611106

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Dear Bernie: Our Mental Health Isn’t a Punch Line for Your Jokes

There is a huge stigma around mental illness and it directly affects whether people seek treatment. Whites are the most likely to get treatment for mental illness, with Blacks and Latinos getting help at half the rate of Whites. According … Continue reading

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What causes someone to do a mass shooting? – Mental Health Matters

People tend to believe violence that is not state-sanctioned stems from mental illness, that only a “crazy” person would severely injury or kill another human being. In one 2013 study, nearly half of the survey sample said that people with … Continue reading

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Mental health prescription?

Start by expanding Medicaid coverage, a benefit that is 90 percent paid for by the federal government but which certain GOP-led states have refused, chiefly because the expansion was part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and therefore must … Continue reading

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Mentally ill get lost in health system ‘wasteland’

Mentally ill get lost in health system ‘wasteland’ Pastor Rick Warren, a best-selling author, struggled to find long-term care for his son, Matthew, who suffered from depression for many years. “At one point, we were counseled that Matthew needed extended, … Continue reading

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Experts make the case for more services during Mental Health Awareness Month

Experts make the case for more services during Mental Health Awareness Month Here is some unsettling news: One out of two Americans will become mentally ill at some point in their lives. And roughly one in four suffer now from … Continue reading

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Coalition says police need better training when confronting mentally ill

Coalition says police need better training when confronting mentally ill “Recent high-profile tragedies demonstrate the need for law enforcement officers to receive additional training to safely address crisis situations involving persons with mental health conditions,” Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, managing director of … Continue reading

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Effort To Force Treatment On Severely Mentally Ill Meets Resistance

Effort To Force Treatment On Severely Mentally Ill Meets Resistance The vast majority of people with mental illness are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. Statistically they’re actually more likely to be victims of violence. But a … Continue reading

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