August 24, 2020
By Holly Ramer, AP
Mental health officials said Monday that children are a particular concern during the coronavirus pandemic both as patients and as offspring of providers working from home.
The pandemic has exacerbated existing workforce challenges in behavioral health, Cynthia Whitaker, interim president of Greater Nashua Mental Health, said during an online discussion organized by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. She and others said many providers are juggling their jobs with overseeing their children’s remote educations.more » Read More
- Look for rocks in your own backyard, online, or from a landscaping business or big box home improvement store.
- Wash rocks with soap and water.
- Make sure rocks are completely dry.
- Use acrylic paints, (they don’t have to be expensive or high quality to work). Craft acrylic paints that come in small upright bottles work well,
September 3, 2020
By Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer
Mental health therapists’ caseloads are bulging. Waiting lists for appointments are growing. And anxiety and depression are rising among Americans amid the coronavirus crisis, research suggests.
In the latest study to suggest an uptick, half of U.S. adults surveyed reported at least some signs of depression, such as hopelessness, feeling like a failure or getting little pleasure from doing things.more » Read More
Aug 26, 2020
By Katharine Hartleb
I remember the first time I experienced the feeling of not being able to get out of bed. Not because I was too tired, but because I was too sad. It was during a time in my life when I was coping with a lot: My parents were getting a divorce, I had been in a car accident and one of my classmates died by suicide.more » Read More
On August 5th, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, S. 785, bipartisan legislation focused on efforts to reduce veteran suicide and improve mental health outcomes through improved access to care, better diagnostic tools and increased oversight of VA programs.more » Read More
NAMI SW WA serves individuals with mental health challenges and those who love them.
How to Paint Rocks for Your Community:
AUG. 28, 2020
Original article: https://buff.ly/2QAXdOo
“It’s nice to see all of you — virtually of course. How’s everyone doing?”
It’s noon on a weekday. I’m in a Zoom meeting with a compassionate committee of individuals doing community work to support our local Philadelphians through this time of difficulty and uncertainty.
I want to say that I am overwhelmed and exhausted but working on staying positive.more » Read More
August 27, 2020 Photos by Matt M. McKnight more » Read More
The coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic downturn have taken a toll on mental health for many people, with over 30% of adults in the U.S. now reporting symptoms consistent with an anxiety and/or depressive disorder. KFF polling during the pandemic has consistently found large shares of the public saying that worry and stress related to the coronavirus have had a negative effect on their mental health. This is coming at a time when mental health resources were already strained,more » Read More
July 22, 2020
By Allegra Abramo
It was after dark when Patrick arrived at a young adult homeless shelter in downtown Seattle on a cloudy November night in 2018. Patrick, 22 at the time, pulled up in an Uber called by the psychiatric facility where he had spent two weeks after a suicide attempt — not his first. A dark green suitcase held his few belongings: a favorite T-shirt, an Eeyore stuffed animal,more » Read More
Today, NAMI, in partnership with CIT International and other national organizations working in mental health and policing, released an open letter responding to President Trump’s June 16th executive order, “Safe Policing for Safe Communities.” The order is the Administration’s response to the recent national outcry for police reform, following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. Addressing several areas of policing, the order also includes a focus on providing resources to law enforcement agencies to assist with responses to mental health,more » Read More