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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

    Name your fear. A sense of dread strikes you at the thought of having to hop onto a crowded train. You squirm as the doctor approaches you with a needle. You tremble and tuck your head between your legs as the plane warms up its engine. You freeze as your secret crush walks past you. The fear feels raw, instinctive, and no amount of clever argument can liberate you from its clutches, or so you think.

    But as Bernard said in Read More

    Can bringing the joy of travel, discovery, and old memories to people who can’t experience them firsthand combat the physical and mental affects of loneliness and isolation?

    Ninety-two-year-old Estelle Paris has never been to France, but on a warm day this past June, she slipped on a virtual reality headset, which allowed her to meander through streets by the Louvre, pop over to Mont Saint-Michel abbey 230 miles away, stop by Times Square in New York City, and journey underwater, just Read More

    ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) applauds a significant victory for the mental health community with the passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of HR 34, the 21st Century Cures Act.

    HR 34 will improve mental health care in America and reduce the unnecessary incarceration of people living with mental illness. The bill, which incorporates key provisions from the “Helping Families in Mental Health Act” (HR 2646) that passed the Read More

    Citing a severe shortage of psychiatrists, the state allows more providers to use a telepsychiatry platform to treat rural patients and those in need of emergency care.

    New York officials are easing telehealth regulations to enable mental health providers to treat some of their patients online.

    Some 250 providers in New York will now be able to use telepsychiatry in comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs, inpatient programs and partial hospitalization programs, according to a memo from the New York State Office of Read More

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