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Mia McDermott is no stranger to isolation. Abandoned as an infant in China, she lived in an orphanage until a family in California adopted her as a toddler. She spent her adolescence in boarding schools and early adult years in and out of psychiatric hospitals, where she underwent treatment for bipolar disorder, anxiety and anorexia.
Residents of the Taube Pavilion in Mountain View, California, wake up in private rooms with views of the wooded Santa Cruz Mountains, have breakfast in airy communal spaces and can hang out in landscaped courtyards throughout the day. It may sound like a resort, but the Taube Pavilion is a $98 million mental health facility that opened in June as part of El Camino Hospital.
NYC Health + Hospitals is looking to hire new psychiatrists to meet the pandemic induced demand for mental health services. While the campaign is currently open-ended, its focus is on enhancing existing services and making them more accessible to a wider range of people.
While a vaccine may someday offer promise of easing the impact of COVID-19 across the North Bay, questions remain about whether the damage done to the mental health of its residents can fully recover after nearly a year in which demand for services spiked and government and nonprofits struggled to respond. To begin to find solutions to this growing concern, Sonoma County voters last November approved Measure O, a quarter cent sales tax increase expected to raise $25 million over a decade to address mental health and homeless issues.
Waco, Texas, mental health advocate Meg Wallace believes an untapped community resource for people struggling with anxiety, isolation, depression and other mental health issues lies within the mini-communities of church congregations. Members there can provide a human touch that can help heal: A sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry on, emotional support and encouragement to seek professional help from others.
Under a new bill, Utah schools would begin recognizing mental health days as a valid reason for missing class. The proposed legislation adds "mental or behavioral health" as an accepted reason for a student's absence. In practice, the bill would treat mental health days the same as sick days. Under current law, it's acceptable for students to miss school for mental health reasons if it's classified as a mental illness.
As Tracy Allen crushed crisp leaves on Karen's lawn, she was thinking of what questions she would ask, how she would phrase them, what updates she could give. She last spoke to Karen just days ago, when she was working to get her 31-year-old son, Kevin, help for his methamphetamine addiction. Karen opens the door and they talk openly, nothing held back, like they've known each other for years.
A statewide coalition of community-based behavioral-health providers is urging the state to move their front-line employees and people living with severe mental illness higher on the priority list for COVID-19 vaccination. Leaders of the organizations assert that both groups are at significant risk of contracting coronavirus disease.
Three Central New York nonprofits that provide substance abuse, mental health and housing services have merged to form an organization that serves more than 12,000 people a year. Syracuse-based Helio Health and Central New York Services and Utica-based Insight House merged into one organization under the Helio Health name on Jan. 1.
Krissy Williams, 15, had attempted suicide before, but never with pills. The teen was diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was 9. People with this chronic mental health condition perceive reality differently and often experience hallucinations and delusions. She learned to manage these symptoms with a variety of services offered at home and at school.
Since 2018, I've been administering an economic pilot to help marginalized groups find high-tech careers. Soon after I began, it became clear that mental health challenges were a critical factor for the participants. For instance, we had two single mothers in the program who were aspiring computer programmers in Silicon Valley.