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Maddie Phaneuf says she'll never forget the first time she felt like an Olympian. It was at the 2018 opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The stadium was packed and the music was blasting. Phaneuf, a biathlete from the small town of Old Forge, New York, had made it to one of the biggest sports stages in the world.
For two decades, drug overdose deaths and suicides have been rising across the United States, exposing tragic gaps in mental and behavioral health care in the years before the coronavirus pandemic, according to new federal research. From 2001 to 2019, intentional overdoses increased most steeply among the nation's youngest generations, oldest generations and Black women, researchers found.
Faced with "skyrocketing" mental health demands and a dramatic rise in opioid overdose deaths, Florida needs to apply for more than $128 million in federal funds that it has so far ignored, according to a nonpartisan advocacy group. In a report released this week, analysts at the nonprofit Florida Policy Institute found that state leaders have yet to apply for behavioral health funds available under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which became law last March.
Members of the Houston Police Department's mental health diversion task force are looking for $7.4 million in extra funding to expand the task force's efforts on Thursday. The combined $7.4 million in funding would go toward expanding four mental health police reform initiatives, including crisis intervention response teams and crisis call diversion.
Ventura County supervisors have ordered an independent assessment of the county's entire mental health system at the urging of patient advocates. The evaluation, approved unanimously on Feb. 8, will examine the adequacy of programs for mental illness and substance use, identify gaps and make recommendations, said Barry Zimmerman, director of the county's Health Care Agency.
There's a growing consensus that the pandemic has taken a big emotional toll on young people. Among other troubling signs, children's hospitals across the country have seen more kids showing up in their emergency rooms for mental health reasons, seeking care for everything from severe anxiety and eating disorders to suicide attempts.
The pandemic is having an especially profound impact on children. In December, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released an advisory on the urgency of the youth mental health crisis, pointing to soaring rates of mental health issues. "I think it was both the disruption of not going to school as well as the disruption in their adults' lives," said Dr. Abigail Schlesinger, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
After three weeks of frustration, Griswold paid for an out-of-pocket appointment. It was a textbook case of a "ghost network": a commonly used term by professionals for a panel of medical providers who for various reasons aren’t providing. Patients and doctors have been complaining about ghost, or "phantom" networks for more than 20 years.
Preventing mental disorders in young people might reduce or delay the burden of dementia in older people, according to a new study. Investing in good mental health care for young people — including evidence-based interventions for mental health problems — could help reduce the burden of neurodegenerative disease, say researchers from the University of Michigan, Duke University and the University of Auckland.
More than 85% of U.S. medical practices had trouble obtaining advice and services for pediatric patients who needed behavioral health care, survey data showed. The national cross-sectional study is the first of its kind to evaluate the accessibility of pediatric behavioral health care, researchers wrote in Annals of Family Medicine.
A new study published in Personality and Individual Differences explains why an obsessive form of passion has come to dominate the workplace, even when it has been proven to have negative and maladaptive outcomes for the individual.