Since The Gazette's year-long investigative series on mental health care in Colorado began in April, dozens of readers have shared personal accounts about living with a mood disorder or mental illness and the challenges of accessing treatment .Here are some of their stories, used with their permission.Teresa Grant, Colorado SpringsIn July 2012, Teresa Grant emailed a local hospital with a desperate plea on behalf of her 52-year-old brother, Rick. She wanted someone — anyone — to tell her what she could do to help before it was too late.“I am not certain where to turn anymore. I apologize if this is not the correct place to ask for some guidance,” Grant’s message began.At that point, Richard Lynn Brown had spent two years in and out of hospitals, seeking first a diagnosis and then treatment for debilitating pain due to nerve damage in his neck. The powerful medications he was prescribed for pain were a potentially lethal combination for a man with … [Read more...] about Community voices describe their families’ mental health crises
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By Julia Perkins Published 8:54 pm EDT, Monday, April 15, 2019 Dr. Sharon Young, left, plays a counselor and Felicia Michael, the patient, during a simulation for counseling and nursing graduate students at Western Connecticut State University to help train them to integrate counseling into nursing, April 15, 2019. less Dr. Sharon Young, left, plays a counselor and Felicia Michael, the patient, during a simulation for counseling and nursing graduate students at Western Connecticut State University to help train them to ... more Photo: Krista Benson Buy photo Photo: Krista Benson Image 1 of / 14 Caption Close Image 1 of 14 Dr. Sharon Young, left, plays a counselor and Felicia Michael, the patient, during a simulation for counseling and nursing graduate students at Western … [Read more...] about West Conn students take part in ‘cutting edge’ mental health program
Robert Mendola, the executive director for student mental health, has spent the last year reevaluating the mental health goals of the Engemann Student Health Center. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan) One day last October, Ariella Amit suffered a panic attack in her dorm. “It was [from] a buildup of issues that I had with my mental health in the past,” said Amit, now a sophomore majoring in public policy. “Just dealing with school and adjustment.” Once she was able, Amit requested an in-person consultation with a mental health counselor at Engemann Student Health Center. But getting one took over a week because Amit did not meet the requirements for a student in “crisis” — she was not experiencing either a loss in her family or a breakup, among other possibilities. When she finally got to meet a counselor in person, she was told she was in need of “long-term counseling,” which Engemann does not provide for students on an individual … [Read more...] about Engemann reevaluates student mental health care
More than six in 10 homeless people in Minnesota report struggling with significant mental illness — and that may underrepresent its prevalence, experts say. That’s why the Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, which runs emergency homeless shelters in St. Paul, says it has for the first time hired a licensed psychologist and opened a full-time in-house mental health clinic. Psychologist Meaghan Johansen treats guests at the mission and supervises a team of 11 counselors, social workers and graduate student interns. The initiative reflects the fact that homelessness is often more than just a financial crisis, Gospel Mission staff said. “The quick fix of getting people into an apartment is not addressing the underlying needs that led them to homelessness in the first place,” Johansen said. “Our ultimate goal is that true transformation for them, so they can be fully functional and self-sufficient and not relapsing into homelessness.” The center, located … [Read more...] about Union Gospel Mission adds mental health clinic at St. Paul homeless shelter
A man with a decades-long struggle with schizophrenia jumped New Orleans Police Officer Nicola Cotton in 2008, taking her gun and shooting her 15 times. She died in minutes. Her attacker waited for police to arrive and handed over the gun. Nearly a decade earlier, a man with a history of mental illness in New York walked up to Kendra Webdale in a Manhattan subway station and pushed her onto the tracks of an oncoming train to her death. The two killings sparked laws in New York and Louisiana that created a civil court program in which a judge oversees the treatment of people with serious mental illnesses, particularly those who've floundered in the health care system and become sicker with repeated hospitalizations. But the investment in that program, and its impact, has varied widely in the two states. Kendra's Law, as it became known in New York, ushered in what's known as assisted outpatient treatment in 1999, the year of Webdale's death. The state made an initial $157 … [Read more...] about Could a judge’s intervention help fix Louisiana’s mental health care system?