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Mental Health Issues

Yoga: Incarcerated Veterans Taking Healing Into Their Own Hands

Rob Schware | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

"A period of decompression and re-socialization before returning to society after active duty is needed. The program we've created will provide that by offering yoga to address healing the trauma related to combat."

Colleges Can Do More to Help Students With Mental Health

Kim Siarkowski Amer | Posted 04.30.2013 | College
Kim Siarkowski Amer

How can we better assist students facing mental health problems in colleges the United States?

Mental Health Care Needs an 'Anytime, Anywhere' Model

Alan Kazdin, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Alan Kazdin, Ph.D.

Many routine but important medical services today are far more convenient to obtain than they were a generation ago. So how could these types of conveniences transfer to mental health services?

Locking Mental-Health Patients Away in Prisons: Is There a Way Forward?

Nora Demleitner | Posted 04.22.2013 | College
Nora Demleitner

Gov. Jerry Brown's demands that a federal court relax the judicially mandated prison-population cap not only highlight California's outlier status in prison policy, but also underscore the need for President Barack Obama's initiative to increase mental-health services.

Eating Disorders Are Tough, But We're Tougher

Alison Malmon | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Alison Malmon

Thirty million Americans will struggle with some type of eating disorder during their lifetime, and a large percentage of them will begin to experience these complex mental and physical illnesses during young adulthood. Yet, we rarely talk about them in a serious way.

Yoga Service: The Key to Sobriety

Rob Schware | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Kyczy Hawk, who started teaching yoga at treatment centers in the Bay area of San Francisco in 2008.

Yoga: How We Serve Veterans and the Homeless While Homeless

Rob Schware | Posted 04.08.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

As defense spending cuts limit vital benefits for veterans and our country increasingly faces the issue of veteran homelessness, we offer this interview with Mark Francis-Mullen, who became a certified yoga teacher and taught yoga at the Denver VA Regional Medical Center while homeless.

In Psychiatric Emergencies, Emergency Rooms Not Always Safe

Mona Shattell | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

Communities need specially-designed psychiatric emergency departments. Private insurance companies should provide more and better community care for persons with psychiatric problems, and more community alternative programs for persons in emotional distress should be developed.

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.

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.

What Good Can It (Psychotherapy) Do?

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Within most adult folks there is an inner wisdom that would offer great assistance in resolving the impasses of our life. Therapy is about accessing our inner, innate wisdom, not replacing it with someone else's.

Yoga: How We Serve People With Mental Illnesses

Rob Schware | Posted 03.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"It's time to offer yoga electives in social work and other helping professional degree programs (for nurses, therapists, special educators, first responders, etc.). These professionals and their clients will benefit from an education in the foundational principles of yoga healing."

Notes From the Couch: 'Twas the Week After Newtown'

Toni Raiten-D’Antonio | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Toni Raiten-D’Antonio

Given the fact that we'll never know the motivations and emotions of the killer, the only way to find our balance after such an event is to consider honestly how it has affected each of us as individuals.

Addressing the Needs of America's Mentally Ill Youth

Rosalie Greenberg | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Rosalie Greenberg

Our poor handling of mentally ill youth as they enter adulthood is a sad comment on our society. People with mental disorders are not a voting block or disenfranchised group who hold special appeal to our politicians.

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.

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.

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.

Hickenlooper Asks For Mental Health Care Expansion

Posted 12.18.2012 | Denver

Colorado's Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper announced an $18.5 million plan Tuesday to expand the state's mental health services in response to r...

The New DSM Reaches the Finish Line

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.

You may have already heard our big news in psychiatry: The first major revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) since the mid-1990s has just been approved by American Psychiatric Association's Board of Trustees. And the new DSM-5 will be published in May.

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.

Yoga: How We Serve in Correctional Facilities

Rob Schware | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"Whether I like it or not, I'm more inspired when I teach to inmates because I can feel their sincere appreciation for the opportunity to have a yoga class. They always offer me a helpful reminder to be grateful for every opportunity to learn, every opportunity to practice."

Recognizing Mental Health as Public Health

Neal L. Cohen, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Neal L. Cohen, M.D.

While 21st century approaches to public health have increasingly focused on healthy living with diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and access to preventive health care, there is a growing evidence base to incorporate mental health into our nation's public health agenda.

Implications from Aurora

Larry_Cohen | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics

In a sense, we suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder on a national scale, but do nothing to heal as a society or to prevent these killings from happening again. We have become a traumatized country, paralyzed by norms and values that result in condoning violence.