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September 7, 2016

A recent survey reports that 47% of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27% college dropout rate in the U.S. overall.  Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70% more likely to drop out of college than students with no psychiatric diagnosis.

My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his junior year of college. I was devastated by what I perceived to be the loss of hope for his future, but he was Read More

    TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – If someone can’t breathe, you give them CPR. If someone is choking, you use the Heimlich.

    What do you do if you think someone is about to commit suicide? The Mental Health Association of New York is teaching first aid for the mind.

    “We train people to be able to talk to somebody who is either experiencing or beginning to experience a mental health challenge, problem, or right up to and including whether somebody is in crisis,” John Read More

    The city is preparing to test the idea that art is a universal medium by commissioning artists to paint murals that would raise awareness about mental health.

    The Health Department has obtained a $500,000 grant to hire artists who will complete three large murals next year aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness. The plan comes with a unique catch: Each of the artists has to enlist 30 to 40 people from community-based mental-health programs to help with the project.

    “The Read More

    A Chirlane McCray crusade

    (ANTHONY DELMUNDO/POOL) ALYSSA KATZ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 5:00 AM Are you thinking about killing yourself?

    Pardon me for speaking so forwardly. It’s my responsibility to ask that question and make sure you’re OK, or get the professional help you need.

    Of all the lessons I learned in a day spent last week getting certified in Mental Health First Aid, in a New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Read More

    Governor Andrew Cuomo says there will be zero tolerance for insurance companies who try to shirk their obligations.


    Last month Cuomo signed a law that required insurers to cover initial inpatient drug treatment. New York regulators are making sure insurers do not discriminate against people with mental health disorders or addictions who need to be treated.

    In a letter, the Department of Financial Services reminded health insurers that they are required to issue coverage for those Read More

    U.S. House of Representatives Passes Mental Health Care Reform:

    NAMI Applauds “A Major Step Forward”

    Jul 06 2016

    WASHINGTON—The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for taking “a major step forward” to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illness.

    The House passed H.R.2646, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” sponsored by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) by Read More

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