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
Thu, Jan 09, 2020 By Hunter Moyler Newsweek https://www.newsweek.com/owning-dog-childhood-may-reduce-risk-developing-schizophrenia-later-life-study-finds-1478285
Childhood exposure to dogs may reduce a person’s likelihood of developing schizophrenia as an adult, according to a study published this month by researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
However, the researchers stressed that their findings were not conclusive. More research, they said, needs to be conducted to confirm whether the correlation is directly caused by exposure to dogs, as well as to more clearly define the risk of developing psychiatric problems that Read More
Dec. 26, 2019 By Shainna Ali NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/December-2019/6-Ways-You-Can-Help-a-Loved-One-on-Their-Healing-J
Take a moment to consider all the people in your life: your coworkers, friends, family. At any given time, 1 in 5 of these individuals is living with a mental health condition. You may have noticed them struggling, but if you’re not a trained mental health professional, you may not have known how to help.
However, you can help. You can be supportive and encouraging during their mental health journey. Here are a few tips on supporting the mental Read More
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and their families, today announced the appointment of Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. as Chief Executive Officer effective January 21, 2020.
“On behalf of the NAMI Board of Directors, we welcome Mr. Gillison, the incoming CEO for our organization who, with the mission-driven commitment and dedication of NAMI Read More
Dec. 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. CST By Jenny Gold The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/affordable-treatment-for-mental-illness-and-substance-abuse-gets-harder-to-find/2019/11/29/a8c689f6-0fce-11ea-bf62-eadd5d11f559_story.html
Eleven years after Congress passed a law mandating that insurers provide equal access for mental and physical health care, Americans are actually finding it harder to obtain affordable treatment for mental illness and substance abuse. The barriers to parity continue despite a bipartisan consensus that more must be done to confront the nation’s devastating opioid epidemic, rising suicide rates and surging rates of teen depression and Read More
Wednesday 20 November 2019 17:04 By Joanna Whitehead Independent https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/children-mental-illness-research-depression-anxiety-young-people-a9210926.html
One in seven children will develop a mental illness, according to new research – more than the number with cancer, diabetes or AIDS combined.
Conditions range from depression and anxiety, to ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and schizophrenia.
The findings published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry are based on 1.3 million Danish children who were monitored from birth to 18 years of age.Read More
This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to designate 9-8-8 as the 3-digit number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.
NAMI applauds Chairman Ajit Pai and the FCC for their leadership on this issue and strongly supports the creation of a national 3-digit number as an essential part of a network of services and supports for people experiencing a mental health crisis. The National Suicide Prevention Read More
Dec. 09, 2019 By Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, NYCPS-P, CPRP NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/December-2019/Preventing-and-Preparing-for-a-Mental-Health-Crisi
My experience during my crisis made me feel worse than my illness itself. Three armed police officers and two paramedics pounded on my door, entered my small apartment, checked my vitals, strapped me into a wheelchair, forcibly removed me from my home, and escorted me to a siren-blaring ambulance. I was shocked and confused. I yelled. I cried. I was terrified. I felt like I was being imprisoned.
I was Read More