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House and Senate Budget Resolutions Potentially Harmful

Author: Andrew Sperling – 3/24/2015 Last week the House and Senate Budget Committees reported their proposed 2016 budget resolutions. These proposals call on Congress to change the Medicaid program into a block grant to the states, repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and balance the budget within 10 years without adding tax increases. Both the…
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Trying to Stay Positive

03.19.15 I have been diagnosed with several mental illnesses: bipolar II disorder, anxiety and panic disorder, binge eating disorder and most recently obsessive compulsive disorder. They affect me on a daily basis, especially the OCD. I have to count almost everything I do when I am not distracted. I count my footsteps, number of sips…
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A Family Struggles with Mental Illness Linked to History

By Bob Carolla | Mar. 20, 2015 The Girl from Human Street By Roger Cohen Knopf (2015) Purchase What does world history have to do with a mother’s depression? The answer can be found in The Girl from Human Street  by Roger Cohen, columnist and former foreign editor of The New York Times, who was…
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The Benefits of Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care

By Simone McKitterick | Mar. 06, 2015 From the 2015 Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Summit. Adults in the U.S. living with serious mental health conditions die on average 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions. It’s clear that mental and physical health are intertwined, and care for both should be linked…
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How Do We Fix America’s Mental Health Care System?

By Shaye McCualey | Mar. 12, 2015 Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream At the end of February at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the Hill hosted a event on the economic and human consequences of policies that limit access to treatment to mental health services. The event, entitled Fixing America’s Mental Healthcare System, featured…
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I Heard Myself In His Mother’s Screams

By Dawn Brown | Mar. 20, 2015 It all happens so suddenly. Jason Harrison’s mother walks out of her front door past the police officers who knocked calmly and ask how she’s doing. She had called for help to take her son who lives with schizophrenia to a local hospital. Her son follows behind her,…
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Say It Out Loud: Tools for Talking With Teens

One in five teens lives with a mental health condition and yet more than half are not getting the help they need. Stigma remains a huge barrier to teens seeking help. Many cite fear of negative perceptions as a major factor in choosing not to speak up. Raising awareness by sharing information and starting conversations…
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When Mental Illness Enters the Family

By Bob Carolla | Feb. 23, 2015 Ask anyone who has a family member who lives with mental illness, and they’ll tell you it isn’t always what someone would consider smooth sailing.When a family is presented with this category of illness, they may feel like they’ve entered an alien world. With a physical illness, it’s…
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USA Today: The Cost of Not Caring

View this important USA Today series of videos on the state of care for those with mental health conditions.

USA Today Blazes a Trail for Mental Health Care Reform

By Bob Carolla | Feb. 05, 2015 Thank you USA Today. It’s rare that a national publication devotes a series about mental illness over the course of a year. But that’s exactly what USA Today did.  In 11 installments, the newspaper published the series The Cost of Not Caring: The Financial and Human Toll for Neglecting the Mentally Ill. The…
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