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February 2, 2017

By Erica Davies | Jan 19, 2017

Less than a quarter of the NYPD’s force are properly trained to handle mental health crisis incidents, despite encountering over 400 incidents daily, a new report by the city’s Department of Investigation revealed Thursday.

As of December 2016, roughly 4,700 officers have completed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to de-escalate encounters with the mentally ill. The figure represents just 13 percent of the NYPD’s 34,500 officers.

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    By Roshan Abraham | January 12, 2017

    Some inmates enter New York City’s correctional facilities with prior mental illness made more severe by incarceration. Others have more subtle mental-health issues exacerbated by release, jarred by the change in environment and lack of institutional support.

    This was the experience of Jonathan Stenger, a former inmate and Director of Communications at the Osborne Association.

    “Prison is a sensory deprivation experience. Some senses are over-stimulated, but for the most part it is extremely controlled,” Stenger says.

    “I Read More

    By Laura Greenstein | Jan. 30, 2017

    Have you ever had a conversation with someone that tempted you to open up about something incredibly personal, but you hesitated due to the fear of that person’s reaction? Were you worried that telling them would alter their perception of you? Many people experience this feeling as they attempt to determine whether or not to be forthright about their symptoms and their struggle.

    If you are considering opening up about your mental health condition, here Read More

    January 31 Kelly Burch

    Many of Christine Walker’s friends are just starting to help their teenage children plan to leave home, whether for a job, college or a gap year. But Walker’s 16-year-old son Schuyler has already lived away from his family for seven years, spending nearly half his life in residential treatment programs and schools for children with severe mental illness.

    “When Schuyler was 7, that was when I had tried absolutely everything — every pill, every doctor, every diet, every therapy, Read More

    December 29, 2016 Andrew O’Grady

    It was not too long ago when the prevailing thought was that cancer was contagious and always fatal.

    You could not get hired if you had cancer, people would stop visiting and neighbors would not allow their children to come play with your kids if you had someone with cancer in the home. Insurances limited payment for care and did not properly fund prevention. Because of the stigma, shame and silence, research dollars were not prioritized for cancer. Read More

    In quiet but confident tones, Anil Sannesy spoke of the stigma associated with mental health illness.

    Sannesy, a 35-year-old Middletown resident, has battled with mental illness and now serves as a volunteer with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

    “When you are young, you don’t recognize the stigma,” he said. “In the very beginning, it starts off as negative attention. And later on you feel degraded and it kind of weighs down on you.”

    A state group is launching an effort to change Read More

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