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
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A few weeks ago, Madalyn Parker messaged her team at work to tell them she was taking a couple of sick days for mental health reasons. "I'm taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health. Hopefully I'll be back next week refreshed and back to 100%," she wrote. Parker, 26, is a web developer for Olark, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has been open about her experience struggling with anxiety and depression that hasn't always responded to medication. When the company CEO, Ben Congleton, read her note, he sent a supportive reply back. "Hey Madalyn, I just wanted to personally thank you for sending emails like this. Every time you do, I use it as a reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental health – I can't believe this is not standard practice at all organizations. You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can all bring our whole selves to work," he wrote. Parker said it really moved her. "When I saw his response and I read it, it … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Is it time to take a sick day for mental health?
Last Updated Nov 6, 2017 6:40 AM EST President Trump called the mass shooting at a Texas church on Sunday a "mental health problem at the highest level," and said the gunman was a "deranged" individual.Officials have said 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, killing 26 people and wounding 20 others. Kelley was found dead inside his vehicle after being pursued by local residents. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the attack the deadliest mass shooting in his state's history. Officials said 23 people were found dead inside the church, two outside, and one died after being taken to a hospital. Texas Rangers are leading the investigation, with significant support from the FBI. Law enforcement officials have yet to speculate on the motive in the attack. Speaking in Japan early Monday morning, however, Mr. Trump said: "I think that mental health is the problem here. This was a very -- based on preliminary reports -- very deranged … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Trump: Texas church massacre “a mental health problem”
Amid the outcry over the Florida school shooting, the Trump administration says it is "actively exploring" ways to help states expand inpatient mental health treatment using Medicaid funds. President Donald Trump again brought up the issue of mental hospitals in a meeting with governors on Monday, invoking a time when states maintained facilities for mentally ill and developmentally disabled people. "In the old days, you would put him into a mental institution," Mr. Trump said, apparently referring to alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz, whose troubling behavior prompted people close to him to plead for help from authorities, without success. "We're going to have to start talking about mental institutions ...we have nothing between a prison and leaving him at his house, which we can't do anymore." Organizations representing state officials and people with mental illness say no one wants to go back to warehousing patients. But they also say that federal action is needed to reverse a … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Administration considers expanding mental health treatment
Mental Health A Look At The Narrow Point Of Intersection Between Mental Health And Gun Violence Listen · 5:08 5:08 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/589600339/589600340" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl about the narrow point of intersection between the worlds of mental illness and gun violence. He says there's not much more the mental health field can do to prevent potential mass shooters, since the best predictive factors fall out of the scope of the medical field. AILSA CHANG, HOST: Lawmakers are trying to decide what they can do now to prevent future mass shootings from happening. And one phrase that keeps coming up again and again is mental health. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) LINDSEY GRAHAM: What I want to … [Read more...] about A Look At The Narrow Point Of Intersection Between Mental Health And Gun Violence