Global mental health
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Death with dignity: the National Consumer Memorial
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Egyptian royalty were buried with jewelry, combs, food, clothes, wigs, and perhaps a puppy. Mayan burials included food and jewels to ease the journey into the next world. Muslims wash and shroud the deceased, and Jewish law requires a tombstone with a name. Tens of thousands of patients who died at state psychiatric hospitals had only an iron stick to mark where they were buried. . . []
Recovery works, says Clifford W. Beers honoree
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Sharon Jenkins Tucker received the 2009 Mental Health America Clifford W. Beers Award. When getting up every day was hampered by depression, she slept in the back seat of her car rather than be hospitalized. Since 2004,. . . []
Personal narratives of recovery and activism
Three engaging, powerful, personal narratives about managing with a mental illness are available. In the May-June issue of Health Affairs, television news personality Jane Pauley discusses her bipolar disorder, diagnosed when she was 50. And Fred Frese, former president of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and a psychologist who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1966, calls for mental health professionals to come out of the closet. His remarks are also available in a webcam of the Health Affairs conference.... []
My Son's Name Was Fred, by Gwill Linderme York Newman
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"Gwill Newman was born into privilege," says Vi Orr, in a review of My Son's Name Was Fred. Yet wealth and advantage did not protect her son, Fred, from schizophrenia. In this memorial to Fred, Newman describes her passionate advocacy for brain research as the first president of NARSAD. []
SAMHSA site invites opinions on health reform
SAMHSA, (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), an agency within the department of Health and Human Services, set up a website inviting contributions "to gain insight into the options that would help ensure these services are met in local community environments through health system reform." Most of the statements posted to date have come from nonprofit advocacy, service or professional organizations with a sprinkling of comments from individuals. Links for those wishing to participate are apparent.... []
Mental health clinics stay open in Chicago
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NAMI under Grassley microscope
Bloomberg News reported yesterday that Sen. Charles Grassley expanded his inquiry about drug company influence and asked the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) about its funding. The Beltway nonprofit representing families with a mental illness has been the subject of previous articles about ties to pharmaceutical companies. The annual reports prominently list companies (not amounts). Disclosure is not the biggest issue it faces as much as the influence of these companies on its policies.... []
Lobby lawmakers, Patrick Kennedy tells advocates
. . . ask for mental health reform []
NAMI scores states
The nation's adult mental health system is a mess, according to a report released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (NAMI) which released its scorecard.Each of the 50 states were examined on 82 targets such as evidence-based practices or the promotion of consumer-run programs. These were among the benchmarks established by the 2003 New Freedom Commission. No state received the highest grade of "A" for its overall work and the advocacy organization also assessed the strengths and "urgent needs"... []
Mental health advocate attends health summit
Friends: It was my privilege to be at the White House this afternoon for the President's Health Summit. The President opened the Summit by talking about the Report on Health Care Community Discussions that was distributed to participants and then introducing a firefighter/EMT from Indiana who talked about his experiences dealing with so many people with inadequate or no health coverage. Following the opening session with the President, the Summit moved to five breakout sessions. I can only speak to... []
Clifford W. Beers founded Mental Health America 100 years ago.
Read more about the origins of the nation's oldest mental health advocacy organization (originally called National Committee for Mental Hygiene).... []
New York trial on adult homes
Do adult homes for New York's residents with a mental illness needlessly segregate residents? Or simply because they are not a hospital, are they integrated in the community? This is part of the question that will be answered in U.S District Court. The lawsuit charges many of the privately operated adult homes lack supportive services. In 2003 New York Times reporter Clifford J. Levy called them "psychiatric flophouses." A lawsuit was brought that year by advocates including the Bazelon Center... []
Celebrities, stigma, and re-runs
. . .an update []
Q & A with Ron Manderscheid: agenda for reform
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Dr. Ron Manderscheid, a national leader in policy and research about mental health and substance use care, discusses goal of the Whole Health Campaign with MIWatch. []
Activisits push beds through London
Dressed as patients and orderlies, British activists campaigned for mental health reform while pushing beds through the streets of London on Oct. 10th, World Mental Health Day. They pointed to a 20-fold increase in prescribing antipsychotic medication between 2002 and 2007, and want expanded access to psychological therapies. ... []
Helping college students: PADs on campus
When college students need help because of a mental illness, schools often don't know where to turn. Helping college students: PADs on campus could offer an answer. Dean Anna Scheyett and Adrienne Rooks (School of Social Work, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) explain how psychiatric advance directives can enlist students, faculty and administrators. []
Helping college students: PADs on campus
When college students need help because of a mental illness, schools often don't know where to turn. Helping college students: PADs on campus could offer an answer. Dean Anna Scheyett and Adrienne Rooks (School of Social Work, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) explain how psychiatric advance directives can enlist students, faculty and administrators. []
Helping college students: PADs on campus
When college students need help because of a mental illness, schools often don't know where to turn. Helping college students: PADs on campus could offer an answer. Dean Anna Scheyett and Adrienne Rooks (School of Social Work, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) explain how psychiatric advance directives can enlist students, faculty and administrators. []
Helping college students: PADs on campus
When college students need help because of a mental illness, schools often don't know where to turn. Helping college students: PADs on campus could offer an answer. Dean Anna Scheyett and Adrienne Rooks (School of Social Work, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) explain how psychiatric advance directives can enlist students, faculty and administrators. []
Rally planned for parity
With the air going out of this year's Congress, and the fate of parity insurance less certain despite bipartisan and bicameral support, 250 groups are planning a morning rally on Sept. 17.Reps. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN) are scheduled to speak. Sponsors hope the 10-year battle to end insurance discrimination for many will be achieved before the retirement of Sen. Pete Dominici (R-NM) who has been long associated with insurance reform.... []
Hats off to Dems
. . .for opening the closet door []
Wellness caucus in Denver a political first
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Diversion programs in San Francisco
Informed police intervention and specialty courts for people with a psychiatric diagnosis are now shaping programs in forty California jurisdictions. KQED radio host Michael Krasny dedicated an hour-long program introducing how these innovations aimed to promote treatment and safety work in San Francisco. His four guests included an advocate, a judge, a police officer, and a consumer who teaches them all about his life including his experience with schizophrenia. Police Officer Greg Sancire, a trained psychologist, described training programs where... []
Forum addresses police training in New York
New Yorkers want to know why their city does not have an adequate training program for police to respond to a psychiatric emergency. An open forum took place in which family, experts and authors discussed changes they would like to see. []

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