About Mental Health
After seeing model of netting, suicide victims’ families see hope for others. Piece by piece, the net is coming together — a coarse web of steel that will dangle over the side of the Golden Gate Bridge, catching lost and disconsolate souls. Bridge district officials...read more
Walgreens plans to increase mental health and substance abuse training for hundreds of pharmacists and staff at its drugstores amid the U.S. opioid epidemic. Walgreens has partnered with the National Council for Behavioral Health and the American Pharmacists...read more
‘The Manic Monologues’ puts a spotlight on mental illness Stanford collaboration turns true stories into powerful theater.
When Stanford University graduate student Zack Burton had his first psychotic break, he and his girlfriend of several years, Elisa Hofmeister, felt scared and alone. "It was just terrifying. His personality changed so dramatically for four months; I really didn't know...read more
Kaiser Permanente patients assembled outside the health care provider’s Oakland headquarters Wednesday, calling for shorter wait times for mental health appointments and demanding a meeting with the CEO. The event was attended by officials of the National Union of...read more
As board-and-care-homes disappear, it leaves leave residents with few choices. By Jocelyn Wiener This summer, Tom Gray will lose his home. A slim man with hunched shoulders and a halting voice, Gray, 72, has schizophrenia. Before he landed in Carmen Palarca’s...read more
For individuals with mental health conditions, obtaining high-quality mental health care is essential to their recovery. Over the past several years, new policies and practices have attempted to promote ways to seek and reduce barriers to care. These have included...read more
The number of children and young adults visiting the emergency department for psychiatric concerns rose 28 percent over a four-year period, and visits having to do with suicide more than doubled, according to a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics. The...read more
Psychiatry’s Incurable Hubris The biology of mental illness is still a mystery, but practitioners don’t want to admit it.
Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness by Anne Harrington Norton In 1886, Clark Bell, the editor of the journal of the Medico-Legal Society of New York, relayed to a physician named Pliny Earle a query bound to be of interest to...read more
In a landmark win for mental health and substance abuse patients, a federal court ruled Tuesday that United Behavioral Health (UBH), a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, used flawed and overly restrictive guidelines in denying mental health and substance use disorder...read more
More than a million Californians suffering from severe mental illness go untreated. Twenty California counties have adopted a 2002 law permitting more assertive care of several mentally ill people. Most report enrollees spend fewer days in jail, psychiatric hospitals,...read more