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.
Law enforcement agencies across the country have been critical drivers of that movement. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
What do frat parties, philly cheese steaks and paper cuts have in common? This is neither a joke nor a rhetorical question
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Co-authored by Ann Fisher Raney, AM, LCSW, chief executive officer at Turning Point, Skokie, IL and Mona Shattell, PhD, RN
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?
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?
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.
When someone suffers from mental illness, they face another challenge: The stereotypes and prejudice that result from misconceptions about mental illness.
This past January, I wrote 2015 must be the year America addresses its mental health crisis. The circumstances surrounding