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A few years ago, if you were to tell most people suffering from a serious mental health problem that their ills could be cured with a spot of Class A drugs, they might think you've, well, taken something. Aided by a slew of recent scientific studies, however, the perception of many of many illegal substances – from LSD to ecstasy – as having no medicinal benefit is beginning to change.
The opioid epidemic and recent media attention on suicide have put teen mental health under a spotlight, which raises concerns and questions among parents. The percent of high school students who considered and attempted suicide increased slightly between 2013 and 2015, federal data show, while the percent of high school students reporting symptoms of depression remained the same.
You've heard it a thousand times: work really hard and good things will happen. Parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors all use this cliché as a means of motivation. However, taking this innocent advice to the extreme, like most things, ends poorly for those working beyond their limits. And if you still think valuing work over everything else is a good character trait, you need to know that science isn't on your side.
Service animals help owners navigate daily tasks and often have years of training to help them serve disability-related functions. However, little consensus exists when it comes to the certification of "emotional support animals" (ESAs). These animals usually have little or no specific training, which poses a challenge for mental health professionals who are asked to certify them. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have conducted a survey to examine what techniques and instruments mental health professionals are using to aid in their determinations of whether certification of an ESA is appropriate.
U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Todd Young (R-IN) spoke on the Senate floor honoring National Police Week and calling for enactment of the bipartisan Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act. The Donnelly-Young legislation, which would help law enforcement agencies establish or enhance mental health services for their officers, passed the Senate Tuesday.
My name is Haley Olson. I am a junior at Adams-Friendship High School. I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a granddaughter, a niece. But most of all, I am a survivor. I was as a young child by a member of my family as a young child, and I witnessed the abuse of my mother and brothers. As an adolescent, I was abused by my stepfather. In December 2011, I finally built up enough courage to report my stepfather's abuse to me.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Unfortunately mental health isn't talked about much in the Black community. It's almost considered to be taboo, and that really needs to change. We've always been told to "just pray about it." Now, I'm a true believer in prayer, but sometimes we need a little outside help along with prayer.
Rapid City Regional plans to expand its emergency room to improve care for people who are suffering a mental health crisis. Paulette Davidson, Regional's chief operating officer, made the announcement during a news conference Wednesday after the second meeting of the West River Behavioral Health Alliance. The group was formed in March to address the lack of mental health services in the Black Hills region.
Achieving mental health care reform in Texas isn't easy. The state's antiquated mental health care system makes it almost impossible to get reasonable mental health care. Reforming it will take stamina and careful consideration of all parts of the complicated issue. The Legislature is currently attempting reform but seems to be missing a big point of effective mental health care.
It always makes the headlines when a police officer shoots someone who is undergoing a mental health crisis. But when the police defuse a potentially violent situation, the news doesn't travel as far. Law enforcement officials and mental health advocates say the state could do a better job tracking how police departments are using the mental health crisis training they have received.
Advocates for people with mental illnesses are fighting to save regional mental health offices from state budget cuts they say jeopardize plans for better community care. Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, the regional office that covers Wake, Durham, Johnston and Cumberland counties, would lose about $40 million over the next two years under the state Senate's proposed budget.
Alphabet's Verily division has hired former FDA chief Dr. Robert Califf as an adviser, the company announced in a blog post. CNBC on May 16 exclusively reported that the company was talking to Califf. Califf will help oversee Project Baseline, a well-funded effort headed by fellow cardiologist Dr. Jessica Mega to study human health by tracking 10,000 people over at least four years.
A 40-year-old man was at home, empty pill bottles at his side, when he was delivered yet another "no." On the phone with his insurance company, he was told his prescription to treat his schizoaffective disorder – a condition with symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, mania and depression – would no longer be covered.
The effects of chronic illness in children can have a significant impact on their mental health when they become adults, according to a new study. A study at the University of Sussex and University College London analyzed 37 medical studies to find a link between eight chronic childhood physical illnesses, including asthma, cancer, chronic renal failure, congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, type 1 diabetes, epilepsy and arthritis, and emotional problems later in life.