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Mental Health Care

New Mental Health Law: Future Sociopaths Required to Predict When They Will Kill People

Spencer Green | Posted 04.01.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a unanimous vote, Congress has passed The Criminal Clarity Act (CCA), a law requiring all U.S. citizens who plan on becoming mass murderers to identify themselves as such and to predict when they will kill people.

Protecting Our Military, Protecting Us: An Earnest Plea to Change Our National Perceptions About Mental Illness

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

These days, we talk incessantly about living well and achieving life balance, yet we wear masks to hide our pain. No matter who you are, true wellness can never be achieved behind these and without facing our pain and stressors.

A Word, a Number... Then What?

Catherine Clinch | Posted 03.24.2013 | Media
Catherine Clinch

Clearly, there is a gap in the mental health care that we are providing for those who serve in the military. Why has media the remained silent on this topic, rather than exposing the underlying root causes of this wide scale tragedy?

Mass Murder: Is There a Mental Health Issue?

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Is there anything that can be done by the field of mental health to reduce the rare incidence of murders by people with serious mental illness?

What We Can Learn From Aaron Swartz

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo

Life is and can be incredibly stressful. If we do not have the tools we need to handle that stress, our emotions can get the best of us. When our distress level becomes elevated, rational thinking (being able to clearly see all of our options) ceases to exist.

Diagnosing and Preventing the Unfathomable

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.

Following a public act of unspeakable horror, like the shootings in Connecticut or Aurora, mental health professionals are asked to explain why or how a person could hurt others so profoundly. And then we are asked how to identify such people and prevent these violent acts.

Guns, Lies, and Suicides

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Michael J. Tansey

Whereas the NRA would have us believe that the solution to our alarming homicide rate is more good-guy guns and greater accessibility, that argument has been refuted beyond dispute when it comes to suicide.

Mental Illness and Criminal Justice: Our Impossible, Contradictory Polices and Their Tragic Impact

Gerald Landsberg | Posted 03.13.2013 | Crime
Gerald Landsberg

With the closing of state hospitals and reductions in mental-health hospital beds, the criminal justice system has come to assume the primary role for responsibility for the mentally ill.

Why Latinos Need Culturally Relevant Mental Health Care

VOXXI | Hope Gillette | Posted 01.09.2013 | Latino Voices

With approximately 39.9 million immigrants in the United States, the American Psychological Association (APA) indicates mental health services are, an...

Letter to New York Delegation: This Is About Mental Health Issues

Carolyn Reinach Wolf | Posted 03.11.2013 | New York
Carolyn Reinach Wolf

Let's keep mental health issues on the front burner. It is our only chance to fuel the fire of change for those who suffer in silence from mental health issues and those who seek to intervene before it is too late.

Of 'Monsters' and Brothers: Three Steps to Fix Our Mental Health System and Prevent Violence

Chantel Garrett | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Chantel Garrett

Although Max expressed fear of being lumped together with violent murderers, he asked me to share our family's story as a means of bringing focus to a long list of potential solutions to events such as the Newtown tragedy.

Dear Son -- A Message for Your At-Risk Teen

Andrea Wachter | Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents
Andrea Wachter

We know that this is an extremely complex issue and by no means think that simple solutions can adequately address such complex problems. If you have a son or daughter who is struggling, isolated and angry, here are some words that you might consider writing or saying.

The Phone Call

Mark Pacitti | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Pacitti

It was a long, slow journey to recovery. But at the end of the road was a light far brighter than I had ever imagined possible. All it took in the end was a phone call.

Newtown and the Nation's Mental Health

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

There have been 29 mass shootings in the United States between the events of April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School and the Dec. 14, 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I propose these shootings were, in part, a health care issue.

Alana Horowitz

America's Mental Health Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Alana Horowitz | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

On Feb. 9, 1844, the governor of Missouri ate breakfast, went to his office and locked the door. Then he shot himself with a rifle. Thomas Reynolds’...

They Didn’t Have Her Chance

Jane Roper | Posted 02.20.2013 | Parents
Jane Roper

You know the world is topsy-turvy when, on a Monday morning, you find it more heart-wrenching to send your child off to kindergarten than to bring her twin sister to a pediatric cancer clinic for chemotherapy.

Moving Forward After Sandy Hook: Why Hugging Our Children Is Not Enough

Christina Pesoli | Posted 02.19.2013 | Crime
Christina Pesoli

Hugging goes in the category of self-soothing. It's what we do to calm ourselves down after our nerves are jarred by something horrific. But after you're done, don't just pick up with your Christmas errands and general merry making. Pick an issue, roll up your sleeves and get to work.

A Message on Sandy Hook and Mental Health Awareness

Glenn Close | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Glenn Close

A tragedy like Sandy Hook can tend to solidify people's fears and prejudices about mental illness. So it is of vital importance that we, as a community, re-dedicate ourselves to eliminating the stigma that affects 1 in 4 people in our country.

The Real Conversation About Mental Health

Alison Malmon | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Alison Malmon

I fear that the conversation about mental illness as it relates to the Connecticut tragedies will cause people who may have been on the verge of reaching out for the support they need to retreat. I fear that people who are struggling on the inside will struggle even more so alone.

I Could Have Been a Killer's Psychiatrist

Suzan Song | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Suzan Song

In the past five years, I've had two severe clients who could have been one of the mass murderers that have disrupted America recently.  Thankfully, the school, police, family, social workers, case managers, and myself all worked together to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?': Thoughts After the Newtown Massacre

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Mesmerized by the coverage of the Newtown massacre, I could not get this tune (from my younger days) out of my head. More carnage. Only this time, even younger children -- not even young men, but innocents who would never come of age.

Speculating About Adam Lanza's Mental State

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

At this point, any comment on the psychiatric profile of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man responsible for these murders, is complete hearsay. By themselves, these traits do not indicate any diagnosis at all, although we have been quick to dissect them in the search for meaning.

Free Mental Health Services Now

Mike Amato | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Mike Amato

If the tragedy in Connecticut spurs the reform of gun laws, that would be a small blessing. But just as important is the change that should happen before a potential killer picks up his gun.

Becoming More Aware of Depression and Bipolar

Tom Wootton | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Wootton

Increased awareness results in deeper understanding, better functionality, more comfort for all involved, and recognition of value in what was once seen only as a disorder. It can literally be the difference between a diminished life and a great one.

Depression in Black

Jeremy Johnson | Posted 02.04.2013 | Black Voices
Jeremy Johnson

Depression doesn't give a f**k what you look like or how intelligent or creative you are. Or even if you're a young athletic black man, poised and well-spoken.