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Nearly 40 years of violent conflict is driving a growing mental health crisis in Afghanistan. While accurate data on mental health issues are not available in Afghanistan, the World Health Organization estimates more than a million Afghans suffer from depressive disorders and over 1.2 million suffer from anxiety disorders. The WHO says the actual numbers are likely much higher.
After decades of starring in major Hollywood movies, actress Goldie Hawn has shifted her career focus to improving children's mental health — and there is a lot of work to be done, she told CNBC at the World Government Summit in Dubai. "We have a serious problem of mental illness today, it's almost an epidemic — we have to really look at it, and not be afraid to look at it, in order to mitigate some of these problems and create a stronger emotional stability," Hawn stressed. "Yes, there's going to be mental illness, but not where it is today."
Police officers in Nebraska decide whether people present a danger to themselves or others and should be placed in emergency protective custody for a mental health evaluation. A bill that would also give that authority to behavioral health professionals generated strong support and opposition Wednesday during a public hearing in the Legislature.
Casey Clements has been sounding the alarm on mental health issues for years. On Feb. 13, he and fellow Mayo Clinic doctor Bruce Sutor got to make their pitch directly to lawmakers. After painting a picture of a community and state in dire needs of more resources, they'll now wait to see what, if anything, will get done about the state's mental health crisis. Clements said that Mayo Clinic has housed hundreds of mental health patients in its emergency room for a total of 1,963 days because medical experts determined the patients weren't of a safe mindset to be discharged.
A new report forecasts a substantial shortage of qualified and diverse behavioral health professionals in California within 10 years, leaving minority patients and those outside major metropolitan areas especially underserved. If nothing is done to fill the void by 2028, many people diagnosed with mental health conditions will struggle to get the medication and counseling they need, especially those who live in the Central Valley and Inland Empire, where the lack of qualified workers is worse, the researchers found.
When it comes to mental health, there's still far too much miseducation and stigma around the issue — and those invisible barriers continue to create very real challenges for people when it comes to getting help. Fortunately, one state is enlightening its citizens by starting with kids. Beginning July 1, New York will become the first state to require mental health education be taught in all its schools.
In the wake of a Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Feb. 15 that the government has "not done a good job" of preventing those with mental health issues from acquiring guns. "It seems to be common for a lot of these shootings, in fact almost all of the shootings, is the mental state of the people, Grassley told reporters. "And we have not done a very good job of making sure that people that have mental reasons for not being able to handle a gun getting their name into the FBI files and we need to concentrate on that."
Like mass shootings in general, school shootings have gone from being a rare tragedy to a tragic reality. Already in 2018 there have been at least 17 instances of gun violence in U.S. schools, including the shooting Feb. 14 at a high school in Parkland, Florida. In one recent attack at a Kentucky middle school, two children were killed and 18 others were wounded when a fellow student opened gunfire.
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New research suggests that feeling highly valued by your racial, ethnic, or sexual minority group can have some negative consequences for your mental health. The new studies, published in the journals Group Processes & Intergroup Relations and European Journal of Social Psychology, suggest that people who view their everyday interactions through the lens of their ethnicity or sexual orientation are more likely to feel like they've suffered from discrimination.