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For all the wrong reasons, local mental health practitioners are seeing a substantial uptick in the number of people seeking help for anxiety, depression and other issues burdening them. The major reason, not surprisingly, is the COVID-19 pandemic that is responsible for what President Joe Biden calls a "very dark winter."
Prince William County, Virginia, has started a co-responder program involving police and mental health medics that aims to "de-escalate situations involving persons in crisis." The program first launched in November. A county statement said that county officials decided on an "embedded model" of a co-responder program, after speaking with other programs and the local National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter.
Many children are facing heightened mental health struggles during the pandemic due to school closures and increased stress on families. Alabama's schools have a role to play in helping struggling students, and some are already doing just that. Florence City Schools, which first piloted a partnership with the Riverbend Center for Mental Health in 2002, offers a model for helping students, teachers, parents and counselors work through a child's mental health issues in a safe and understanding environment.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's budget recommendations increase funding for mental health and addiction treatment services that have been vital throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposals have garnered the support of organizations addressing the challenges created by the pandemic. But do they go far enough to address the potential mental-health fallout of the crisis, which experts say could last even longer than the pandemic itself?
When Lisa Gonzalez saw an encampment of homeless people growing in her Waikiki neighborhood last year, she wanted to direct some assistance their way but wasn't sure who to call. They exhibited troubling behavior, she said, like defecating out in the open. But she didn't want to dial 911 and have the police respond. She didn't have much faith they would help.
Despite a lifelong struggle with panic attacks, Divya Singh made a brave move across the world last fall from her home in Mumbai, India. She enrolled at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, to study physics and explore an interest in stand-up comedy in Manhattan. Arriving in the midst of the pandemic and isolated in her dorm room, Singh's anxiety ballooned when her family had trouble coming up with the money for a $16,000 tuition installment.
Twenty-three-year-old Londoner Max Selwood has a popular TikTok account, but not the kind you might expect. Unlike the dance trends and cooking how-tos that blew up on the platform in 2020, Selwood's videos focus on a less fun — but also popular – subject: Mental health.
Aggression is an important negative outcome, and its prediction and prevention are among the top priorities in psychosis care. In their contribution in this issue of the Journal, Krakowski et al. compare the effects of antipsychotics on violent schizophrenia patients with and without comorbid conduct disorder. As expected, patients with a history of comorbid conduct disorders had more frequent and severe physical assaults compared with patients without conduct disorders.
Most of the global population live in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), which have historically received a small fraction of global resources for mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly in many of these countries. This Review examines the mental health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in LMICs in four parts. First, we review the emerging literature on the impact of the pandemic on mental health, which shows high rates of psychological distress and early warning signs of an increase in mental health disorders.
California leads the nation in COVID deaths, now nearing 52,000. And while hospitalizations and infections are down, some health workers on the frontlines of the COVID crisis are now confronting a mental health crisis. As vaccinations ramp up and COVID cases plummet, there's reason for optimism in America's COVID-19 disaster, but still, not all is well.
Congress wants to make it easier for state and local governments to defund the police by instead funding mental health services and empowering them to respond to emergency calls instead of armed officers. "We should be connecting people in crisis to care, not tossing them in jail," Rep. Katie Porter, who reintroduced the bill on Thursday, said in a statement.
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Somewhere near his fifty-sixth straight hour of chasing flames, CalFire Captain Matt Newberry and his crew were hitting a wall. They'd been dispatched to the wildfire days earlier in the middle of the night. By the next morning, the fire had already ripped across 11,000 acres of Napa County, tearing even through the night the way fires do now. Despite everything they'd done, hundreds of homes were in smolders.
Around one-third or 30 percent of severe Covid-19 patients experience posttraumatic stress disorder, according to a research letter published in JAMA Psychiatry. A study of 381 patients who were admitted to the emergency department with the coronavirus and recovered were referred for a post-recovery health check at the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS in Rome, Italy.