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Behavioral Health

Congress: Pass Mental Health First Aid Funding

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 09.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Rosenberg

We heavily invest in prevention, early intervention and awareness for every conceivable disease from the neck down. Like my colleague and millions of others, we train adults and children in CPR and First Aid because choking and bad car accidents happen, often without warning.

How to De-Escalate a Mental Health Crisis in Prison

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 09.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Rosenberg

The yard at the State Correctional Institution at Benner Township is much like any other prison - an outdoor space where general population inmates ex...

Better Mental Health

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

When policy-makers say that someone has fallen through the cracks, we attempt to explain a situation as something that we cannot control. As an elected representative, it is my responsibility to identify those cracks, and propose responsible solutions to repair those cracks and ensure that they do not splinter again.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: Changing Health Care, Especially At Home

Marki Flannery | Posted 07.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

These programs, which are affiliated with VNSNY's Community Mental Health Services division, demonstrate that when it comes to building healthy communities and supporting the well-being of patients like Jean, physical and mental health can't be separated.

How She Does It

Kevin Hines | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Kevin Hines

How She Does It I don't know how she does it. There are so many times when I am irritable, moody, and just plain all over the place. I swing up, an...

The Greenhouse Effect -- The Future of Behavioral Health

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 04.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Brooke M. Feldman

If we are truly to see any significant changes in positive behavioral health, our systems need to serve as greenhouses in which good health is promoted and sustained, early warning signs of becoming unwell are detected and addressed, and the environment is made rich with the nutrients of resources and supports needed to maintain good behavioral health.

In the Sleep Revolution, Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

Dr. Johnson, Arianna Huffington, and Sharon Gannon all make compelling arguments as to the benefits of getting a good night's sleep. All of them came to mind while I laid in my bed, thinking of the caffeine I had earlier in the day and looking at the phone and Kindle on my nightstand.

The Intersection of Reform: Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

Robert D. Ashford | Posted 04.11.2016 | Impact
Robert D. Ashford

To continue to advocate for behavioral health treatment and recovery, but to ignore criminal justice reform is to continue to reinforce the silos of our communities, to continue to ignore that 100's of people are dying each day. Substance use disorders, mental health concerns and the criminal justice system are inexorably connected.

The Vitality of Collegiate Recovery

Tim Rabolt | Posted 04.02.2016 | Education
Tim Rabolt

There has never been a more critical time to support the widespread establishment of collegiate recovery programs (CRPs)

Why White-Men Killing Addictions Matter

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 02.15.2017 | Healthy Living
Linda Rosenberg

As advocates for mental health and addiction treatment, we can't fix the unfairness in our economy and the loss of connection to family and friends that create social problems like addiction and crime. But we can understand better how -- and whom -- these trends affect most.

With No State Budget, Community Mental Health in Crisis

Mona Shattell | Posted 02.08.2017 | Chicago
Mona Shattell

Co-authored by Ann Fisher Raney, AM, LCSW, chief executive officer at Turning Point, Skokie, IL and Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN, member of the Board ...

Time in With Dr. Tim

Dr. Tim Goldsmith | Posted 01.29.2017 | Parents
Dr. Tim Goldsmith

I recently had to visit the principal's office at my 12-year-old daughter's middle school because she has been bullying other girls at school. How do ...

It Always Seems Impossible Until it's Done (and Why Zero Suicide is Possible, Dammit)

Josh Rivedal | Posted 10.02.2016 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

Whatever difficulty you're dealing with on a personal level or within a larger system--it always seems impossible until it's done. Alone we are vulnerable but together we can achieve much. Suicide prevention is everyone's business. What will you commit to doing?

Our Call to the UN Solutions Summit

Eve Sullivan | Posted 10.01.2016 | Impact
Eve Sullivan

Because our instinct to put children first is strong, we often ignore our own needs as parents. Even the Sustainable Development Goals, several of which* relate to family, do not mention parents or parenting. When will policymakers, practitioners -- when will we all -- recognize parenting and family life education as our collective blind spot?

How Come, Outcomes Don't Really Exist?

Matthew Holland | Posted 09.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Matthew Holland

In order to understand a problem we must see the whole picture. If we are unable to see what happens in the middle or what makes individuals reengage the system then we are missing one of the most vital parts of the picture.

Why Dignity Is Our Destination

Eduardo Vega | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics
Eduardo Vega

Dignity is every human's birthright, one value that can cut across all cultures and situations. All too often, those of us with mental health challenges have experienced their dignity being taken , though, by stigma and discrimination, forceful, demeaning and negative treatment, by silencing and shame.

Sticks and Stones May Break My bones, But Stigmas Will Forever Wound Me

Matthew Holland | Posted 07.31.2016 | Impact
Matthew Holland

When someone suffers from mental illness, they face another challenge: The stereotypes and prejudice that result from misconceptions about mental illness.

When Will Mental Health Services Become A Priority?

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.24.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

This past January, I wrote 2015 must be the year America addresses its mental health crisis. The circumstances surrounding yesterday's tragic shooting...

Why I Chose Summer Camp

Caroline Catlin | Posted 07.23.2016 | College
Caroline Catlin

They've taught me about choosing joy over hardship, about embracing my own silliness, about how to work on things I needed to work on to in order to become the person I want to be. And most of all, perhaps, they've taught me to treasure the magic of small moments.

Grants Help Communities Replicate Successful FUSE Model

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.22.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Generous support from the Open Society Foundations and Capital One are behind recent grants designed to help communities plan and implement the eviden...

Love Between a Mother and Son is Stronger than Mental Illness

NationSwell | Posted 05.08.2016 | Impact

Orlando Montes knows mental illness in an intimate way. His mother was a diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was a child. Growing up was hard for M...

Mental Health for the Masses

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.09.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

MOOIs (Massive Open Online Interventions) are mental health and substance abuse interventions, scientifically validated and available online to unlimited numbers of consumers. As with MOOCs, most of these consumers can be expected to drop out, but some will stay -- and get well.

King v. Burwell: Is the Pen Mightier Than Common Sense?

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

If the ACA gets overturned, the impact will be immediate. Loss of the federal subsidy would put up to 9.6 million people at risk of losing their health insurance; it would also trigger up to 35-percent increases in premiums for participants in the non-group market. But as bad as that is, the long-term implications are worse.

Proof! Happier and Healthier Heart Patients Generate Savings

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael B. Laskoff

It's quite a thing to start a company like AbilTo and to be lucky enough to to see it grow and prosper. This is particularly the case because we are i...

Let's Address America's Mental Health Crisis in 2015

Deborah De Santis | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Not every homeless person is mentally ill, but a large percentage within the chronically homeless population face mental-behavioral health recovery and so we need quality, community-based care in tandem with affordable housing to help them.