By Laura Greenstein
It can be a challenge to find the “right” therapist for you. You might come across someone who has a degree from an impressive school, writes extensively on psychology and mental illness, gives lectures and talks, and still isn’t an effective therapist. And while it is important for therapists to be educated, trained and up-to-date on current practices, there is so much more to a good therapist than just their background and education.
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Feb. 28, 2018 | By Laura Greenstein
Self-harm is difficult to understand because it goes against the natural human instinct of self-preservation. Maybe that’s why some people react to it in a negative, judgmental way. They can’t imagine ever being in a state of mind where they would hurt themselves, so they can’t understand why anyone else would.
This lack of understanding can lead to insensitivity and stigma towards people who are often already struggling with serious emotional turmoil. Read More
By Kenza Moller
When it comes to mental health, there’s still far too much miseducation and stigma around the issue—and those invisible barriers continue to create very real challenges for people when it comes to getting help. Fortunately, one state is enlightening its citizens by starting with kids. Beginning July 1, New York will become the first state to require mental health education be taught in all its schools.
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February 16, 2018 | The Buffalo News
New York State has become the first in the nation to offer a Mental Health Public Awareness license plate.
The plate – which features a green ribbon and includes the words, “Healthy Minds, Healthy New York” – can be ordered online on the “Custom Plates” tab at dmv.ny.gov.
State Sen. Robert Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, chair of the Senate Mental Hygiene Committee, sponsored the bill.
“I’m proud to have sponsored and passed legislation creating Read More
Jan 19, 2018 | nami.org
Across the country, more than 10 million people with mental illness rely on Medicaid, including many who live with severe conditions. Medicaid helps address the nation’s mental health care crisis by paying for services that people need, such as medications, case management, therapy, peer supports, crises and hospital care.
Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) emphasized the goal of self-sufficiency through employment. On Jan. 11, CMS issued a State Medicaid Director letter supporting Read More
Jan. 26, 2018 | By Meredith Vaughn
As soon as her baby was born, Anna felt a change. Something wasn’t right. She feared for her baby’s safety to an extreme degree. She would sit awake, staring at her baby through the night, terrified something would go wrong, and her daughter would die. After feeding, Anna wouldn’t allow herself to leave her baby’s side for even a moment, worrying something would happen in her absence.
As her daughter grew older, Anna felt intense Read More