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December 2, 2016

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

    “I will never forget those terrible weeks when it felt like help was hiding from us,” the first lady said, recalling her experience when her daughter was diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

    Eight percent of high school students in New York City report attempting suicide and more than one in four report feeling persistently sad or hopeless, the mayor’s office said.

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    Troubled New Yorkers in need of a shoulder to lean on can call, text or online Read More

    Advocates for people with severe mental illness say the mental health training doesn’t address the most dire needs.

    Advocates of mental health first aid hope to make the program as common as CPR training. (ISTOCKPHOTO)

    A bill that would expand a program aimed at training ordinary people to recognize and intercede when they see signs of mental health issues in others is raising concerns among critics who say it takes Read More


    I previously shared my truth about my battle with depression and self-injury in a piece I wrote titled “An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health.” Not only did I openly share my experiences with depression, but I urged other black women to break away from the cultural stigma surrounding mental illness, to rid themselves of the weight that comes with carrying the “strong black woman” title and to seek professional treatment for Read More

    Michael Jackson, Amanda Bynes, Britney Spears — speculating about celebrity mental health sagas is nothing new. The latest newsmaker is rapper Kanye West: West canceled remaining stops on his “Saint Pablo” tour after a recent series of outbursts while performing; he was later taken to a Los Angeles hospital. TMZ reported Tuesday that West suffers from “temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration.”

    The incident sparked chatter about his state of mind, culminating with the #prayforkanye hashtag trending on Twitter.

    West’s Read More

    A person sits huddled on the ground in a circle of light as a crowd of animated people look on from the shadows. CreditDadu Shin

    A new virtual-reality attraction planned for Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., was announced last month in advance of the peak haunted-house season. The name, “Fear VR 5150,” was significant. The number 5150 is the California psychiatric involuntary commitment code, used for a mentally ill person who is Read More

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