The Independent Budget Office reported that mental problems accounted for 13 percent of all admissions to NYC Health + Hospitals facilities in 2014, the last year for which complete data was available. As is often the case, the public hospitals are becoming the main medical provider of first and last resort for mentally ill New Read more
“The more people we can help not come back to jail, then that helps our community because now they’re productive citizens in our community, so they’re out there with jobs, they’re supporting their families, hopefully they’re not on welfare anymore and receiving state funded money, and then that’s gonna help our state, I mean…it just Read more
All 11 are members of the facility’s mental health peer support network, who serve at the front line of the prison system’s mental illness problem. “These individuals self-disclose as having a mental illness and are in recovery,” said Lynn Patrone, a mental health advocate for the state Department of Corrections. “So they have opened themselves Read more
After the ravages of withdrawal, some will rely on willpower and a 12-step program to help them stay away from heroin. Others will move on to a residential or outpatient program where they’ll get counseling and medication to help curb cravings. When there are gaps between any of these stages, patients often relapse.
Recovery coaches and peer mentors have for decades helped people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Now, peer support for people who have serious mental illness is becoming more common, too. Particularly in places like Texas, where mental health professionals are in short supply, paid peer counselors are filling a gap.
Despite its successes, this care movement, which doesn’t go by any catchy name—one doctor gave it the clunky title “high-impact, relationship-based primary care”—is scattered among a handful of states and is advancing only very slowly across the country.
Money troubles and mental health problems are a marriage made in hell. Just a year ago I established the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) to tackle that toxic combination.
Even though I frequently resent bipolar disorder, I know that if I didn’t have it, I wouldn’t be who I am, and I wouldn’t have done the things that I’ve done in my life.
The first pushback I receive is that the word recovery — when it hits most people’s ears — implies that mental illness is gone. If you recover from the flu, for example, it means the virus dies out and you no longer have the flu. But mental illness isn’t like the flu.
As a mental health blogger and a person living with mental illness, I often use the word recovery. In my quest to educate the world, I am very open about my illness, but I’m also quick to let people know that I’m living well. In other words, I tell people that I’m a person in Read more
Recovery-oriented cognitive therapy (CT-R)—a therapeutic approach that emphasizes a patient’s personal treatment goals—can lead to enduring improvements in low-functioning individuals with schizophrenia, reports a study published today in Psychiatric Services in Advance.
We know that trauma can last a lifetime; extreme harm and deprivation can impede a child’s intellectual, social, emotional and academic progress. As a society, we owe all our children safety, support, opportunity and help finding a way forward.
We need to put an end to wellsplaining. Not just because this handy tip completely dismisses the severity of someone’s mental illness (medication can help, therapy is often necessary, and running isn’t always enough to ‘fix’ things), but because I know that, in some small way, the person saying it is right.
People seeking help for mental disorders are more likely to refuse or not complete the recommended treatment if it involves only psychotropic drugs, according to a review of research.
San Francisco: The Power of Alignment and “Commitment to Change Training” in Trauma-Informed Systems Change
The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) recognizes that trauma and toxic stress are critical public health concerns, with detrimental effects on individuals, agencies and across generations. Read more…
After psychosis, many young people are unable to get their life back on track—they never finish school or get another job, they begin cycles of repeated hospitalizations or incarceration.
A new article, published in The Arts in Psychotherapy, describes the ways art therapy and mindfulness have benefitted refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong.
Mentoring a new peer supporter requires living with tensions. According to theories of organizational complexity, tensions exist in any complex adaptive system. There’s the maxim, “On the one hand…on the other hand” going on all the time. It makes for some interesting paradoxes. In this post, I’m going to explore three different tensions that affect Read more
Settlement workers on the front lines say that much more support is needed to deal with the 30,000 Syrian refugees who have entered Canada since last year.
Are you taking care of someone who seems to be against you? This can be the experience of taking care of a family member with post-traumatic stress disorder—PTSD—and it can take a huge toll on everyone involved.