About Mental Health
WASHINGTON — As Chase Sherman was returning home with his parents and fiancée from his brother’s wedding in November, he began to hallucinate. Apparently reacting to synthetic marijuana he took days earlier, he bit his girlfriend and tried to jump out of the back seat...read more
NAMI, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), is releasing a groundbreaking new report, Preparing for the Unimaginable: How chiefs can safeguard officer mental health before and after mass casualty events.
In 2014, NAMI met with Chief Michael Kehoe of the Newtown (Conn.) Police Department to help develop a roadmap for navigating the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Working with Chief Kehoe, NAMI convened an expert advisory group—the first of its...read more
Frieda Hughes is a painter and poet. She is also the daughter of two giants of the literary world, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, and didn’t read her parents’ poetry until her mid-30s. Frieda Hughes is thumbing through her first book of poetry, trying to find the poem...read more
There are between 7,000 and 10,000 people living without shelter in San Francisco. Many of them live in tents on the streets, victims of drug abuse, mental illness or the rapid rise of the cost of living in the city. For residents familiar with the crisis, news...read more
Students’ behavior is a form of communication and when it’s negative it almost always stems from an underlying cause. There are many reasons kids might be acting out, which makes it difficult for a teacher in a crowded classroom to figure out the root cause. But even...read more
The Washington Post: If health-care providers can’t overcome the stigma of mental illness, who will?
Opinions Nathaniel P. Morris is a student at Harvard Medical School. In medical school, we take dozens of tests. But I’ll never forget a multiple-choice quiz that I once took on my own. It wasn’t assigned, and I didn’t want anyone to know I was taking it. I locked the...read more
Mental health conditions strike in the heart of childhood with 50% beginning by age 14. The quicker children get help for mental health conditions, the better the outcomes.
No parent should ever feel helpless if their child is ill. Too often, parents of children with mental health conditions can't find help when they need it. The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S.2680) will help, but only if it passes! The Mental Health Reform Act of...read more
“Miss Tweak” is anxious. She’s anxious about the big things, and the little things, and the homework assignments, and her racing mind, and her inability to focus, and why she is here on Earth. It all adds up to a serious case of panic anxiety disorder. The recommended...read more
Runs in the Family: New findings about schizophrenia rekindle old questions about genes and identity.
The author and his father have seen several relatives succumb to mental illness. In the winter of 2012, I travelled from New Delhi, where I grew up, to Calcutta to visit my cousin Moni. My father accompanied me as a guide and companion, but he was a sullen and...read more
Now is the time to inform Bay Area Media about solutions to homelessness, including family homelessness:
A Plan to Flood San Francisco With News on Homelessness By THOMAS FULLERMAY 15, 2016 A homeless man’s tent on Florida Street last week in San Francisco. Journalists are banding together in an attempt to spur the city to take action on the homeless...read more