February 9, 2020 By Alfonso Serrano, The Hechinger Report KQED News https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/55286/how-a-program-can-help-kids-re-enter-school-after-a-mental-health-crisisCAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Ava had always felt comfortable at the small, private K-8 school she attended just north of Boston. But in high school everything changed.
Ava first began to experience anxiety and depression after her parents divorced, when she was still in grade school. These problems increased as she entered her teen years, and became even more severe in ninth grade, when she enrolled at Cambridge Rindge & Read More
Washington state senator unveils bill to aid people who refuse treatment for drug addiction or mental-health issues
Jan. 31, 2020 at 6:15 pm Updated Feb. 1, 2020 at 11:24 pm By Joseph O’Sullivan The Seattle Times https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-state-senator-unveils-bill-to-aid-people-who-refuse-treatment-for-drug-addiction-or-mental-health-issues/
OLYMPIA — When her 33-year-old son leaves jail or a treatment center after a mental-health and drug-addiction crisis, Theresa Yates says, there’s nothing to keep him from winding up back on the streets.
After an episode, he’ll be taken to jail and then involuntarily detained at a hospital or treatment center, said Yates, 54, of Tacoma.
“They’ll let him back on the street Read More
Jan. 21, 2020 By Becky Brasfield NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/How-to-Move-Forward-After-Going-Through-a-Crisis
After a crisis, recovery can be challenging. Our lives are left in turmoil caused by the stressful situation we just managed to overcome. With the worst behind us, we have to pick up the pieces. But unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for how to take steps toward the future. So how do we move forward?
Jan. 17, 2020 By Odelya Gertel Kraybill, Ph.D., LCPC NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/5-Reminders-for-Survivors-of-Trauma
In 1991, when I was 17 and living in Tel Aviv with my family, a loud siren woke me from a peaceful sleep. We knew what it meant. We also knew we had to do. I ran, shaking and crying, with my family to our safe room, where we bolted the door and sealed it for protection.
About three minutes later we felt and then heard huge blasts. Our house shook and Read More
Greetings from NAMI Southwest Washington (NAMI SW WA),
We hope you’ll join us for our 5th annual NAMI SW WA luncheon, to take place from 12pm – 1pm on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Warehouse 23 in Vancouver, WA.
More than 350 community leaders, mental health advocates, health providers, and donors attend each year.
For more than 40 years, NAMI SW WA has been the place in Southwest Washington where individuals and families affected by mental illness come for education, support and Read More
NAMI is committed to improving the lives of people impacted by mental health conditions through effective treatments, equitable public policies, and greater knowledge and understanding in society. Research is essential to advance each of these goals.
When NAMI is approached to be involved in research of any type, at any level, we take it very seriously. NAMI’s medical director, Dr. Ken Duckworth and Director of Information & Support Dr. Teri Brister thoroughly review the research protocols and methodology and the Read More
New program in Clark County provides new moms with home visits from a nurse to make sure mom and child are healthy.
Woman’s Day wrote an article about it. Read more here.
What Clark County says about it:
CHANGING LIVES FOR GENERATIONS
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based home visiting program for first-time moms conducted throughout the US and other countries. It is now also being offered in Clark and Cowlitz counties to women who have had previous live births.
• Women receive their own registered nurse who Read More
Friday, January 03, 2020 1:08 p.m. CST By Lisa Rapaport KFGO https://kfgo.com/news/articles/2020/jan/03/mental-health-declining-among-older-us-adults-poor-hardest-hit/971289/?refer-section=health
(Reuters Health) – Many older Americans have experienced more days of poor mental health in recent years, particularly individuals with limited income and education, a U.S. study suggests.
Researchers examined data on 2.4 million people aged 60 and older who participated in annual surveys between 2003 and 2017, answering questions about their general health and the number of days they experienced poor physical or mental health. Overall, 41% had Read More