Mental health is at the forefront of gun violence prevention conversations among Texas legislators this session, but advocates for people with mental illness are wary of that focus. After the Santa Fe High School shooting in May that left 10 dead and 13 others wounded, Gov. Greg Abbott held a series of roundtable discussions around school safety that resulted in proposals like more resources for school safety personnel and closing gaps around mental health access. He named school safety as one of his top 2019 session priorities. The newfound push among state leaders and legislators around school safety and preventing mass shootings is reinvigorating ideas around mental health care for Texas children. But mental health advocates often cringe when legislators make the argument that mental health care can prevent mass shootings, saying the rhetoric stigmatizes people with mental illness as if they’re inherently violent. Increasing access to care is just one part of the solution, … [Read more...] about Texas lawmakers are prioritizing mental health for school safety. But advocates worry about stigma.
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Christopher Maag North Jersey Record Published 7:00 AM EST Feb 13, 2019 He knew her name was Ella. He knew she once lived with her family, but now she lived in this prison of a hospital. He knew her diagnosis, schizophrenia, and her regiment of treatment, electro shock therapy. After three months with Ella, that’s all Peter Scerbo knew. In therapy at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital in Michigan, Ella remained silent. Scerbo asked questions. Where was she from? What were the names of her children? How did she wind up in this dungeon of a place? Ella stared, blank, off Scerbo’s left shoulder. She said nothing. “What was the tragedy? Why did the breakdown occur? What got you here?” said Scerbo, 74, describing his meetings with Ella back in 1967. “For a long time it was quite frustrating.” What broke Ella’s silence was salad. As Scerbo’s group of five patients prepared to pick vegetables from the hospital’s garden, one of the … [Read more...] about For half a century, he was North Jersey’s leader in mental health
James Q. Lynch The Gazette National Voter Registration Day activities planned in Iowa Strong economy might not help Republican incumbents Both rivals for congress wary of poll with big lead for Finkenauer Rep. Rod Blum hears trade, disaster assistance concerns on Habitat for Humanity tour In a nod to time, Grassley trims birthday run All articles by James CEDAR RAPIDS — An annual report on mental illness and access to care gives Iowa high marks, ranking it sixth among the states. The new ranking comes as candidates for governor battle over the adequacy of the state’s efforts to meet the mental health needs of Iowans. Gov. Kim Reynolds has been touting comprehensive mental health legislation unanimously approved by lawmakers earlier this year. It called for an expansion of services, including the addition of … [Read more...] about Reynolds, Hubbell view Iowa mental health ranking differently
close Video What health issues might boys rescued from cave face? Four boys have been rescued from a cave in Thailand and sent to the hospital; Dr. Michael Baden shares insight. The rescue of four boys on a youth soccer team from a cave in Thailand Sunday was welcome news, celebrated around the world by viewers watching the drama unfold on TV. We hope and pray that the 18 divers continuing the operation are able to free the remaining eight boys and their coach from the cave as quickly as possible, and that all are in good health. But after spending 15 days trapped underground, it would not be surprising to see that the ordeal has had a significant medical and psychological impact on the boys, who are ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach. The four boys rescued Sunday were rushed to a hospital for evaluations and any needed treatment. Fox news reported: “The conditions of the boys were not released, but the head of joint command center coordinating the search … [Read more...] about Dr. Marc Siegel: Boys rescued from Thai cave now face possible medical and mental health issues
Reporter Nellie Bly called Blackwell’s Island “a human rat trap” in 1887. In “Damnation Island,” a new history of the 2-mile strip in the East River that housed the city’s women’s “lunatic asylum,” Stacy Horn details the daily atrocities visited on its charges. Nurses beating patients to death, six women trapped in cells meant for one, a pregnant woman confined to a straitjacket while giving birth, hundreds of patients — some with open syphilitic sores — made to bathe in the same bathwater. All of this meted out to punish or “treat” people with mental illness. Reading “Damnation Island,” you may be lulled into thinking that we’ve come a long way since that real life, 19th century horror show. We don’t even call it Blackwell’s Island anymore — it’s now called Roosevelt Island, and luxury apartment buildings stand where the asylum once loomed. But, in reality, we … [Read more...] about The shocking truth about America’s mental health crisis