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The CDC broke down the numbers into which fields were the most vulnerable for men and women. “Because many adults spend a substantial amount of their time at work, the workplace is an important but underutilized location for suicide prevention,” the authors say.
A ProPublica investigation shines a light on Oregon’s unique process of reviewing the cases of defendants found not guilty by reason of insanity. About 35 percent of the people in that category were charged with new crimes within three years of being freed by state officials.
The initial exclusion was meant to phase out the use of psychiatric wards by preventing Medicaid from paying for treatment in facilities with more than 16 beds, but this rule ended up leaving many vulnerable patients without care. The expanded waivers would let Medicaid pay for patients for an average of 30 days.
Insiders have long worried privately about the lifestyle of people who work in the restaurant industry, which has one of the highest rates of illicit drug use and alcoholism and a tradition of masking mental-health struggles. In other news on mental health: farmers devastated by Florence are especially vulnerable to depression and judges are starting to favor outpatient treatment over hospitalization.
Nearly every state in the country allows courts to force people with severe mental illnesses into treatment against their will. But critics argue these controversial intervention programs fail to address underlying problems in behavioral health services.
Residents of Grand Junction, Colo. say it’s a battle to fight the stigma and “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” mentality that runs deep in the rural mountain area. Meanwhile, patients with mental illness are given a voice in what scientists should work on in the field, and a new study looks at the emotional trauma some college students experienced following the 2016 presidential election.
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Support from family and community appear to shield Latinos from rising suicide rates, researchers say.
As the number of Americans with dementia rises, health professionals grapple with how to talk to patients about gun safety at home.
Toxic stress affects the developing brain, the immune system, the cardiovascular system and the metabolic regulatory system, and can dramatically increases the risk of hypertension, heart disease and diabetes, among other costly health conditions.
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Reflections on coping with a new high-stress profession.
Studies show that physicians with mental health conditions have long been discriminated against and suicides have often been kept hidden from colleagues and the public. Some doctors are trying to fight that stigma.
“This isn’t just alarming. It’s a national emergency that requires immediate action,” said Joe Chenelly, the executive director of the national veterans group Amvets.
Florida school districts now have to ask if a new student has ever been referred for mental health services. It’s a legislative attempt to help troubled kids. Will it work, or increase stigma instead?
Despite the growing epidemic of Americans misusing opioids and overdosing on the job, many employers turn a blind eye to addiction within their workforce — ill-equipped or unwilling to confront an issue they are at a loss to handle.
Nearly two decades after Kendra’s Law was instituted, following the shocking death of Kendra Webdale, advocates say it is underutilized and underfunded. The law was intended to plug the gaps in New York’s mental health system that the man who killed Kendra slipped through.
Counselors must assess the crisis level of callers — and protect their own mental health, as well. In other news: suicide in young children is inexplicably on the rise and the transgender community is particularly vulnerable to suicide, as are college students.
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Leia Pierce said her son Jamal Myles had been bullied over the past year because he was part of the LGBTQ community, which is particularly vulnerable to depression and suicide. Deaths among preteens more than doubled between 2007 and 2014.