Urgent global mental health needs
global health.jpgInsufficient resources for global mental health impedes economic development and shortens life expectancy. The link between mental health and other non-communicable diseases has led stakeholders to speak out about rededicating energy to making this a central priority in global health. []
Thank you, Steve Jobs
. . .for enlarging my brother's world []
Measuring Recovery -- new tools and new directions
MHA Village, an integrated service program in Long Beach, Cal., created a tool to guide treatment services along a path of the recovery of clients. David Pilon and Mark Ragins explain how they use Measures of Recovery (MORS) to help clients attain self-defined goals on the way to recovery. []
The language of illness
. . .physical and mental []
States' Mental Health Budgets Fall In Recession
The fiscal crisis is falling especially hard on programs such as Medicaid that have become the first line of health care for people with a disabling mental illness or substance use disorder. Kaiser Health News surveys cuts states are making based on new studies by advocacy groups. []
People with mental illness are 11 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population.
Read more from NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel's blog. ... []
KHN Column: Social Security's Disabled Adult Child Program: A Key Program Often Below The Radar
In this Kaiser Health News essay about Medicare and Medicaid benefits for older, disabled adults, Harold Pollack explains how Social Security has become an effective insurance policy that was patched together by Republican and Democratic leadership over the past 75 years. Yet, despite its centrality as a social support for disabled adults, it still falls short of providing security, and individuals are forced to rely on other help, especially family, to plug the holes. []
More needed to realize Americans for Disability Act
On the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act, the full impact of this anti-discrimination law, signed into law by Pres. George H.W. Bush, remains to be realized. . . []
Mood disorders accounted for 43 percent of visits to emergency rooms in 2007.
"In 2007, of the 95 million visits made to the emergency department (ED) by adults in the U.S., 12.0 million (12.5 percent) were related to MHSA," reports the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The summary appears in a press release from the here. Or download the entire report (pdf): Mental Health and Substance Abuse-Related Emergency Department Visits among Adults, 2007.... []
Mental health in health reform
Advocacy organizations are getting behind the House bill for health reform (HR 3962) citing benefits to those with a mental illness or addictive disorder. Organizations such as AARP and the American Medical Association, announced . . . []
Anti-stigma campaign draws millions
Screen and stage star Glenn Close, and an advocate for people with mental illness, is the moving force behind a public awareness campaign to undue stigma. . . []
House packages hate crimes bill with defense spending
The House tucked language for a hate-crime bill (HR 2647) including disabilities into the $680 authorization bill for the Pentagon and Department of Defense spending. . . []
Depression screening during Mental Illness Awareness Week
Depression screening will be a center piece to Mental Illness Awareness Week. Follow-up reports to screening leads organizers to believe it led to treatment that might not have been pursued. The kickoff took place with a symposium on military mental health in Washington. Elsewhere. . . []
Unions sue for mental health services in D.C.
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In Washington, D.C., unions are suing the Department of Mental Health where budget, not quality concerns, have led to outsourcing mental health services despite insufficient staff to absorb the need. . . []

Al Jazeera reports criminalization of mental illness in US
Al Jazeera's investigative English speaking program, Fault Line, has created a two-part video series about how people with a mental illness are treated in the United States. . . []
Thought parity was a done deal?
. . .Think again []

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