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May 2018 News Listing

The Largest Health Disparity We Don’t Talk About

Americans with serious mental illnesses die 15 to 30 years younger than those without. Death and Mental Illness Patients with schizophrenia are at a greater risk of dying at any given age than the population at large, and this disparity has been increasing. Standardized mortality ratio of patients with schizophrenia vs. the general population. 1970s more

How students who struggle with mental illness can find help

These three high-achieving students at one of the world’s most prestigious universities have also suffered crippling depression and been through years of therapy and medication. In the second part of his report, Jeffrey Brown hears how they got help with debilitating illness, then learns more about student mental health challenges and solutions from Alfiee Breland-Noble more

Amazon pulls products mocking mental illness

The line between irreverent and hurtful came into play this week as Amazon found itself being called out by a British media outlet for selling products making light of mental health conditions. Amazon pulled some of the offending items after being contacted by British media site iNews. Yet coffee mugs and clothing emblazoned with slogans more

Governor’s Revised Budget Adds $1.1 million to CalABLE

CalABLE is a tax-advantaged savings program for people with disabilities. A CalABLE account allows anyone who became disabled before age 26 to save up to $15,000 a year without having that money count against the $2,000 asset limit for means-tested programs like SSI and Medicaid.  Good news! It looks like we will be increasing our more

SF will try new approach for conservatorships for the most troubled

San Francisco may soon change the way it deals with people who drift along city streets, addled by drugs or suffering from severe mental illness. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance to give the city attorney authority over conservatorship proceedings, the process of forcing mentally ill people into treatment or putting more

Bill to Expand Conservatorship Laws to Help Chronically Homeless with Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues Passes Committee with Unanimous & Bipartisan Support

Bill authored by Senators Scott Wiener and Henry Stern allows San Francisco and Los Angeles Counties to create new conservatorship programs focused on providing supportive housing and wraparound services for those who can’t care for themselves April 25, 2018 Sacramento – A bill by Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) to expand and strengthen more

City upbringing, without pets, boosts vulnerability to mental illness

‘Hygiene hypothesis’ likely applies to psychiatric disorders too, study suggests University of Colorado at Boulder Children raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness than pet-free city dwellers, according to new research published in the more