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About Mental Health

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National Council for Behavioral Health reports….

    On Tuesday, House and Senate negotiators released the text of a compromise bill to keep the government funded through fiscal year 2016. The omnibus appropriations bill includes increases to key programs funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health...

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Are Police Too Aggressive With The Mentally Ill?

By Rina Palta of NPR Los Angeles Across the country, officer-involved shootings this year have raised questions about police tactics. In Los Angeles, a third of police shootings involved people deemed in mental distress. Listen to the story. ...

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When a personal tragedy hits home.

Much has changed in the San Francisco Police Department’s approach to mental health crises since the night 14 years ago when Mesha Irizarry got the call that her son, allegedly swinging a knife and suffering from an apparent psychotic episode, had been shot 26 times...

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Fear Itself: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

ONE night in 2009 Jennifer Hopper and her fiancée, Teresa Butz, woke to find a man standing over them with a knife in his hand. He raped them both and killed Ms Butz with a stab through the heart. Ms Hopper was left with scars from slash wounds to her throat and arms....

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What To Do With California's Mentally Ill Defendants?

By Scott Shafer In 2010, Rodney Bock was arrested for carrying a loaded gun into a restaurant in Yuba City, Calif., north of Sacramento. Bock had severe mental illness and was later found incompetent to stand trial. He was released on bail, but was rearrested after he...

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A Conversion on the Edge of Human Perception

A Conversation on the Edge of Human Perception By Christopher Bollas The Opinion Pages: The Opinionator Lucy wrote to me at my farmstead in North Dakota and asked if I was prepared to psychoanalyze her. She lived on a remote island in a Norwegian fjord. A 55-year-old...

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Something More to Be Hopeful About!

New Mood Disorders Program Aims to Advance Treatments, Erase Stigma $20 Million Gift From Dolby Family Fund Backs Neuroscience ‘Powerhouse’ At UCSF By Pete Farley on November 04, 2015 A gift of $20 million from the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund to the Department of...

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