The struggle to properly treat all San Antonians suffering from mental illness is a crisis not many people know about.
With police officers often facing extreme stress and trauma on a regular basis, the Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training program created by the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas provides weeks of cognitive training to make officers’ minds sharper and more balanced.
“People are woke about it and want to talk about it, but nobody really wants to call to attention and use the platforms that they’re on to make a difference.”
Professionals in the field say they are dealing with an extreme shortage in one area of nursing. Texas Nurses Association Director of Communications, Katherine Hinson said, “The mental health area and that’s because costs are needing to be cut right now because there is so much uncertainty in healthcare.”
Imagine the helplessness of being unable to distinguish painful past experiences from present ones. According to Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score, this is what happens when a traumatic memory is triggered. Old emotional responses bubble up even when the current trigger has little to do with the original trauma.
Representatives from Texas health care organizations surround a black box covered in question marks. A box of the unknown is how they describe the health care bill U.S. Republican Senators are crafting to replace the Affordable Care Act.
inmate mental health – According to a report by the Associated Press, the average wait for a maximum security inmate to get in-patient psychiatric treatment has nearly doubled in the past two years, to 127 days. “The last place they need to be is in a county jail. We have what we call frequent flyers and Read more
Although mental health issues are becoming less taboo to the public, Dr. Pearl Merritt of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center still believes the community isn’t completely aware of the issue.
“In my community we’ve always been taught ‘how are you doing? I’m blessed and highly favored’ you never say anything negative because you never want to paint a picture that something is wrong,” said Austin resident Quevarra Moten.
A damning new report is calling for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into mental health services in New Zealand. The crowd-funded study found 93 per cent of both users and workers found mental health services lacking.
For many traumatized clients, even beginning to explore a traumatic event can be an act of bravery. According to therapist and trauma expert Janina Fisher, in order for clients to take this first step, they first need to be empowered.
Many questions remain about the motivations behind the attack and the mental states of both Harris and Klebold. Recently, though, Klebold’s mother Sue has stepped into the public light in an effort to help make sense of the attack.
“The capacity crisis is probably the worse that I’ve seen. There’s been once or twice in my career that I have seen the children sleeping in offices being an issue before. I think this is probably the longest that I remember it being an issue, and the most consistent.”
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Texas Tribune Festival, held last month on the UT Austin campus, featured 250 speakers across more than 60 sessions. In addition to a dedicated panel, “Mental Health Matters: What More Should We Do?”, the topic of mental health care practices and accessibility wove their way into many conversations – a reflection of the complex way mental health Read more