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Mentally Ill

Donald Trump Is NOT Mentally Ill

Brett Gleason | Posted 08.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Brett Gleason

Or at least we, nor the media, are in a position to diagnose him. Because that’s what mental illness is -– a serious diagnosis to be given by a pr...

Why Mental Illness Saddens Me

Matt Hartman | Posted 08.03.2016 | Impact
Matt Hartman

These people suffering from mental illness, especially severe mental illness, are like the rest of us. They have dreams, hopes and feelings. Many, like the homeless man I regularly see, are full of intelligence, love, passion and resilience, yet we're blind to all of those qualities.

House Should Pass Helping Families In Mental Health Crisis Act

DJ Jaffe | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

The following by DJ Jaffe originally appeared in a blog by Pete Earley. I have been asked whether people should support the Helping Families in Menta...

Forced Confinements Grow In Russia

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 05.23.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Tens of thousands of people languished in psychiatric hospitals in the Soviet Union for years, not because they were insane but because they held views that contradicted the system.

Severing The Ties That Bind

Patrice Bendig | Posted 04.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Patrice Bendig

A few days later on my birthday, I will not be left wondering if my mother will offer to make me a cake this year or get me a present. Nor will there be a birthday dinner made in my honor in which I spend a few hours in baited breathe to see if there will be an outburst.

Mentally Ill Lives Matter

DJ Jaffe | Posted 12.28.2016 | Crime
DJ Jaffe

Police are not the problem. Nor can they be the only solution. To reduce police shootings of people with serious mental illness requires legislators to require existing mental health programs accept those with serious mental illness, not just those without.

Mental Health, Gun Violence and Blame

Stampp Corbin | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Stampp Corbin

Unfortunately, all of the stands taken by each these interest groups seems intractable. That means we will be talking about another mass shooting in about 150 days. Then the conversation about what needs to be done will begin again. And nothing will change.

But They Don't Count, or Do They?

Gerald Landsberg | Posted 06.21.2015 | New York
Gerald Landsberg

That the Justice Department database does not include information on police killings makes it much harder for advocates to fight for change effectively. Those who are not counted should be counted so an accurate number of police killings is available.

New Video Shows Fatal Police Shooting Of Mentally Ill Black Man

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - The family of a mentally ill African-American man who was shot dead by Dallas police last summer has released footage from an officer's bo...

Ezell Ford's Parents Sue Again, This Time Charging Racism

Reuters | Dan Whitcomb | Posted 03.10.2015 | Black Voices

The parents of an unarmed black man shot to death by two Los Angeles police officers have filed a second lawsuit against the police department and cit...

Treat, Don't Traumatize

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

It's not enough to simply stop unjustly and disproportionately imprisoning the mentally ill. We need better care. Mental health providers must acknowledge and work to reduce the risk of traumatization during the treatment process.

Behind the Gates of Gomorrah: A year with the Criminally Insane

DJ Jaffe | Posted 01.31.2015 | Books
DJ Jaffe

Behind the Gates of Gomorrah covers other problems with the care and treatment of the most seriously ill, but is at its best when it describes what happens to the seriously ill when the mental health system protects their right to be psychotic rather than their right to treatment.

Want Inspiration to End the Criminalization of the Mentally Ill? Find a Muse

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

Kudos to Texas. Finally, a state has said enough, and with its bold investment in mental health, help usher in a new era of science based rational mental health care policy in America.

Using Food as a Treatment for Mental Illness

Food Politic | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Food Politic

Most of us are familiar with food banks and soup kitchens, where donated food goes to feed hungry people in the community. Yet we rarely talk about the connection between mental illness and hunger and how access to food can do more than just provide a full stomach.

Is the Nonprofit Mental Health Industry Misleading Congress?

DJ Jaffe | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

If Congress wants to improve care, save money, and reduce violence, it should stop funding groups working to improve people's mental health and use the savings to treat people with serious mental illness. Replace mission creep with mission control.

What Training Looks Like During The NYPD's New Pilot Program

Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.08.2014 | Black Voices

Through the years the New York Police Department has faced a wide range of scrutiny in handling situations as it pertains to mentally ill residents. S...

Affordable Care Act Fails Seriously Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

There is no doubt that ACA was a well-intentioned act meant to improve care and lower costs, but the provisions above could prevent some of the most seriously mentally ill from geting care.

Immigration Puzzle of the Week: Do We Deport People for Being Mentally Ill?

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

Years ago, a particular immigration judge often called our office when the government sought to deport an apparently mentally ill person. Her request was always that we interview the detainee -- not that we represent him. I had the impression was that she wanted to salve her conscience before ordering the impaired person removed.

New Bill Decreases Mental Health Funding, Increases Mental Illness Funding

DJ Jaffe | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

Rep. Murphy proposed the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis" Act to reorient the mental health system away from it's focus on serving the largest numbers of the highest functioning and back towards providing treatment for the most seriously mentally ill.

Justifiable Homicides by Police Resulting From Attacks by Allegedly Mentally Ill Rising

DJ Jaffe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
DJ Jaffe

Fortunately, law enforcement leaders around the country are starting to fight back in an attempt to return care and treatment of the seriously ill to mental health departments.

American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.27.2013 | Books
DJ Jaffe

American Psychosis is Dr. Fuller Torrey's latest and perhaps best effort to explain how the mental illness system went wrong, why we have so many tragedies, and more importantly, how to stop them.

New Report Details Massive Misspending in California's Mental Health Services Act

DJ Jaffe | Posted 10.19.2013 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

In 2004, California voters enacted a 1 percent tax on millionaires to improve care for people with serious mental illness. It is no doubt some were helped. It is no doubt billions were wasted. These are just some of the findings in a new report.

Review: Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

DJ Jaffe | Posted 10.06.2013 | Books
DJ Jaffe

Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience by Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld is an important book on an emerging problem: brain-scan...

SAMHSA Slammed by Congress... And for Good Reason

DJ Jaffe | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

The problems preceded sequestration. Several representatives noted that sequestration makes it more imperative, rather than less to focus SAMHSA resources on the most seriously ill.

Senator Steinberg Stands in Way of Laura's Law

DJ Jaffe | Posted 07.15.2013 | San Francisco
DJ Jaffe

Laura's Law helps the most seriously mentally ill Californians: people who are so ill, they don't know they are ill and therefore won't accept voluntary treatment.