Chicago, Big Ten universities commit to veterans’ mental health

Chicago, Big Ten universities commit to veterans' mental health Medical schools at five Chicago universities and almost all Big Ten institutions committed Wednesday to establish a "new generation" of health care for veterans as part of an initiative spearheaded by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

State convicts arrive in L.A. County with costly mental illnesses

As California begins shifting supervision of thousands of newly released state prisoners to local probation agencies, ex-convicts are arriving with incomplete medical records and more serious mental illnesses than anticipated. And mental health officials are scrambling to provide appropriate — and often costly — treatment.

Lawmaker bemoans lack of progress on mental health one year after Tucson shooting

The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) one year ago in Tucson, Ariz., sparked a "hue and cry about mental health" but little progress on the issue" has been made, the co-chairwoman of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus tells The Hill.

Victims still healing a year after Tucson shooting

Congressional staffer Ron Barber was standing in a receiving line next to Representative Gabrielle Giffords at her first outreach event of the year when the gunman opened fire at point-blank range.

Health experts question army report on psychological training

A top-priority program aimed at enhancing soldiers' psychological resilience and mental health has proven to be effective, the U.S. Army says in a forthcoming report. However, several leading mental health professionals say the findings do not prove the program works.

Dancer takes steps to help stem suicide

 Mark Ballas, a pro on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," is getting involved with local efforts to help stem suicide. The 25-year-old professional ballroom dancer has joined Rep. Grace Napolitano's Mental Health in Schools Act Task Force to reduce the stigma of mental health and encourage youths to seek mental health services.

Writing may help troops with TBI, PTSD heal

Patients at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md., paint, sculpt and create music as part of their medical treatment, examining and confronting the symptoms and emotions of having a traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Pentagon opposes mental health program for Guard

The Pentagon is urging Congress not to create a mental health program for National Guard soldiers that backers argue is necessary at a time when suicides among them are at record levels.

California releases plan for overhaul of mental health programs

California mental health officials on Wednesday detailed plans for a new Department of State Hospitals, a streamlined agency that they said would improve treatment and reduce patient violence at the troubled psychiatric facilities — as well as save money.

Senators ask inspector general to investigate access to mental health care for veterans

Federal lawmakers are calling for an inspector general’s investigation into how long it takes for veterans to get treatment for mental health disorders after they return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Eight percent of Californians need mental-health care

Just under 2 million Californians have mental-health problems or illnesses that require treatment, but only a fraction of them receive care, according to a report released Wednesday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Postpartum mental illness linked to later bipolar disorder

Childbirth can trigger psychiatric illnesses in some women, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and even psychosis. A study published Monday, however, draws the first connection ever between postpartum mental illness and later bipolar disorder.

Childhood disorder prompts study of infection link to mental illness

Brody Kennedy was a typical sixth-grader who loved to hang out with friends in Castaic and play video games. A strep-throat infection in October caused him to miss a couple of days of school, but he was eager to rejoin his classmates, recalls his mother, Tracy.

PTSD in Military Women Can Put Them at Risk For Eating Disorders And Addiction

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often leads to other mental health disorders, namely eating disorders, addiction and even suicide.  Recently, one of the highest ranking officials in the Army, Gen. Peter Chiarelli, suggested the name of the condition should be changed to Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) because too many soldiers are not seeking proper treatment and are discouraged from understanding the condition.

Rise in PTSD cases from two wars strains resources

Ten thousand combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder flooded into VA hospitals every three months this year, pushing the number of patients ill with the disorder above 200,000 and straining resources, Department of Veterans Affairs data to be released today show.

Next Generation Needs Our Help Avoiding Drug Abuse

Of all the pitfalls that can threaten a child during their mental, physical, and emotional development, drug abuse is one of the hardest to recover from.

Study suggests feelings of guilt may be a top factor in PTSD

A leading cause of post-traumatic stress disorder is guilt that troops experience because of moral dilemmas faced in combat, according to preliminary findings of a study of active-duty Marines.

Taking Healthcare to Students

As soon as the school day ended, the rush at the health clinic began. Two high school seniors asked for sports physicals. A group of teenagers lined up for free condoms. A girl told a counselor she needed a pregnancy test.

The Best Medicine Just Might Be a Job

I began my psychiatry residency at a community mental health center. The director liked to put trainees in their place. He’d trade any of us, he said, for a good employment counselor. Medication and psychotherapy were fine, but they worked better if a patient had a job.

Ruling ordering better VA mental health treatment is withdrawn

A federal appeals court Wednesday withdrew its May ruling that ordered sweeping reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs to care for those returning from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological injuries.

New parolees have mental health woes

Mental health officials say parolees from the state prison system released to Los Angeles County under a federal mandate have more unmanageable mental illnesses than expected, and many of them are refusing treatment.

Ozomatli urge mental health counseling in college visit

D-Santa Fe Springs; and the Los Angeles-based band Ozomatli urged Cerritos College students Nov. 10 to seek mental health counseling if needed.

Ozomatli and Congresswoman Stump for Mental Health Funding

Sixteen years of Ozomatli's out-of-the-nightclub conga lines would not have been were it not for group therapy. That's what band co-founders Raul Pacheco and Ulises Bella told a packed auditorium at Cerritos College last week.

Calif. mental patients force to wait past limit

Mental health patients in California are often forced to wait for care beyond the 10-day limit required by state law, which is a troubling sign for the 2010 federal health care law's requirement to treat mental health patients in the same way as those suffering from other ailments, a survey of providers shows.

Lag in mental health care found at a third of VA hospitals

Veterans seeking mental health therapy at nearly a third of the Department of Veterans Affairs' hospitals must wait longer than the VA's goal of seeing patients in 14 days or less, according to a USA TODAY analysis of internal VA data.

Dad's depression may rub off on kids

Doctors and researchers have known for years that children are more likely to develop mental-health problems if their mother has struggled with depression. But what if it's the father who's depressed?

Former Pacer 'Slam Dunks' For Charity

Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, gave thousands of dollars to help children with behavioral health needs.

New ADHD guidelines lower age of diagnosis

New guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics expands the age at which children can be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The recommendations also encourage physicians to partner with parents, teachers and mental health specialists when creating a treatment plan for these patients.

Should Involuntary Treatment for the Mentally Ill Be the Law?

For years, Ron Thomas struggled to convince his son Kelly to stay on medication and off the streets. That was a challenge, Ron says, because Kelly wasn't aware he had schizophrenia, and he would sometimes refuse treatment and wander the streets of Fullerton, Calif.

Probation takeover looms

After three years of federal monitoring, the Los Angeles County Probation Department missed Monday's deadline for overhauling its 14 juvenile camps, raising the possibility of a takeover by the U.S. Justice Department.

Experts Design 'Toolkit' to Help Spot Teens With Mental Health Issues

Because many adolescents with mental health problems are never diagnosed and treated, an expert team has come up with a "toolkit" aimed at identifying those kids and getting them the right help.

Poverty and Mental Health: Can the Two-Way Connection Be Broken?

People who live in poverty are at increased risk of mental illness compared to their economically stable peers. Their lives are stressful. They are both witness to and victims of more violence and trauma than those who are reasonably well off, and they are at high risk of poor general health and malnutrition.

Social Inclusion and Stigma Elimination

The Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) has completed contract negotiations with the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) to fund two 3-year contract projects via the new California Center for Dignity, Social Inclusion and Stigma Elimination (the Center).

While Veterans Wait

The Veterans Affairs Department has devoted much effort and money to improve and expand its mental health care, especially for those coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries.

Mental Health Advocates Face an Uphill Battle

The way America spends its resources sometimes infuriates Jennifer Humbert of Crete, a social worker and suburban mother of two children who have mental health issues.

L.A. CADA serves those seeking sobriety for 40 years

The Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse is celebrating its 40th anniversary serving those battling addictions who are looking to get back on their feet.

Suicide prevention program supports youths, parents

Marisol Gallardo said her life was sad and tragic. She attempted suicide at 11 years old, following the anguish of being emotionally, verbally and physically abused by her stepfather.

Myers Squibb Foundation Awards $2.12 Million in Grants to Help Returning Soldiers Heal Emotional Wounds of War

Soldiers returning home from war carry more than duffle bags and dog tags when their tour of duty ends. Studies show that nearly one in five men and women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004 suffers from severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Veterans Stand Down provides food, hair-cuts, clothing for homeless vets

The clothes, food, entertainment and services offered at the Veterans Stand Down on Thursday were appreciated by many homeless veterans, but to some it provided something even greater: safety.

Time Hidden Wounds, Unhidden Costs

A new report out this week – combined with a new report out last week – suggest there will be hefty costs associated with taking care of the nation's post-9/11 veterans.

Long-Term Unemployment Can Tax Mental Health

Americans who were jobless for longer than 25 weeks in the past year were three times more likely than those who were continuously employed to suffer mental health issues for the first time, a new study finds.

A Schizophrenic, a Slain Worker, Troubling Questions

Last November, Yvette Chappell found herself increasingly anxious that her 27-year-old son, Deshawn James Chappell, was spiraling downward into deep psychosis. He was exhibiting intense paranoia and calling late at night to complain about deafening voices in his head.

Trauma, PTSD rates especially high for Black vets

The flashbacks to Vietnam for Lorenzo “Jamaica” Banks were coming fast. They were mixing with the horrors of the reality of being back home.

Autism's Tangled Genetics Full of Rare and Varied Mutations

The underpinnings of autism are turning out to be even more varied than the disease's diverse manifestations.

Mothers Play Important Role in Recovery From Mental Illness

Negative family attitudes can have an adverse effect on recovery from mental illness, according to a new study.

Those with mental illness dying too early

Did you know that more than 57.7 million Americans - 26 percent of the country - live with a diagnosable mental illness in any given year? Did you know that every 17 minutes, someone in the United States commits suicide, and in Larimer County about every eight days?

Employees reluctant to disclose mental ill-health

Many employees still feel uncomfortable talking to their employer about mental health, according to a national survey which highlights the progress still to be made in addressing stigma in the workplace.

Mental illness leading cause of disability in youth

Mental health problems such as depression account for nearly half of all disability among young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to a new study from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Does cutting mental health care increase the prison population

State-supported mental health care, like many social services, has been especially vulnerable in the recent rounds of budget cuts. Over the past two years, some $1.6 billion has been slashed from non-Medicaid state spending on mental health, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Mental health programs suffering from budget cuts

The woman slouched on the steps of the rundown motel, her hair mussed, her pinkish outfit rumpled, her expression perplexed. Health officials were combing the brick-facade building where she lived for bed bugs as part of a multi-agency raid, while police banged on door after door, hunting for ex-felons.

Knowledge About Mental Illness Increases Likelihood Of Seeking Help

Increased knowledge about mental illness, attitudes of tolerance toward people with mental illness, and support for providing them with care in the community lead to an increased likelihood of individuals seeking help, according to research appearing in the June issue of the American Psychiatric Association's journal Psychiatric Services.

Judge: Arizona shooting suspect mentally incompetent  (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

TUCSON, Ariz. - Federal marshals had to drag the man accused of wounding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a deadly rampage screaming out of a packed federal courtroom on Wednesday. Minutes later, Jared Lee Loughner watched over a closed-circuit TV as U.S. District Judge Larry Burns declared him incompetent to stand trial.


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