Led by NYC’s first lady, U.S. mayors unite around mental-health care in absence of Washington actionJune 2, 2017
May 4, 2017 | By Colby Itkowitz
As House Republicans prepared to vote Thursday on their latest health-care overhaul bill, the first lady of New York City was in Washington stressing the need for more mental-health care.
Chirlane McCray, the wife of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), has carved herself a powerful role in his administration as a spokeswoman for the 1 in 5 people in the city, and in the country, who have a diagnosable mental-health condition. She’s Read More
May 24, 2017 | By Benedict Carey and Sheri Fink
For decades, therapists, patient advocates and countless families have worked to elevate mental health care in the political conversation. Their cause recently received a big boost when a new law created a federal mental health “czar” to help overhaul the system and bridge more than 100 federal agencies concerned with mental health.
But the White House’s choice for the first person to fill that position has already been divisive, exposing longstanding rifts Read More
May 22, 2017 | By Kevin Grimm
When I was eleven years old, I walked through a plate glass window. There was a lot of blood, and I was rushed to the nearest hospital, panic-stricken, with a wound on my leg and another on my face. My mother was concerned that the rather superficial wound on my face would leave me disfigured for life. Because this was my first serious accident, she decided we should wait in the ER for what Read More
May 25, 2017 | nami.org
Today, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) noted that the newly released Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score confirms devastating losses to mental health care in the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA).
“Under the American Health Care Act, it is estimated that 23 million Americans will lose coverage for mental health care by 2026, including 14 million who will no longer be covered by Medicaid,” said Mary Giliberti, CEO of NAMI. “This will Read More
April 24, 2017 | By Laura Greenstein
Most people have experienced anxiety at some point. Running late for an important meeting, getting ready before a date, speaking publicly for the first time—anxiety is within the scope of the human experience. In fact, it’s a perfectly normal reaction to stressful situations.
This fact is both positive and negative for people who live with anxiety conditions. It’s beneficial because most people have some understanding of what anxiety feels like, and may be more sympathetic Read More
April 07, 2017 | By Emily Johnson
I live with a high-functioning depression in my life, and in the workplace. I’ve been struggling since 2015, when I thought it was just fatigue. Medication and therapy have helped me feel better, but I still experience depressive episodes. Sometimes going to the office seems close to impossible—even though I love my job. And like most others, I can’t take the liberty to refuse regular income and stop working for a while. But what Read More