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November 13, 2018

Edwin adjusted his headset and gripped the game controller in both hands. He swallowed hard. The man had good reason to be nervous. He was about to enter a virtual environment tailor-made to get his heart pumping way more than any action-packed video game: a coffee shop full of people.

Determined to overcome his persistent fear that other people want to hurt him, Edwin had enrolled in a study of a new virtual reality therapy. The research aimed to help Read More

    Korean Community Services, which provides mental-health services, in Queens. PHOTO: BYRON SMITH FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

    The case last month of an allegedly mentally-ill Asian woman charged with stabbing several people has highlighted what advocates say is a troubling insufficiency in mental health care services for New York City’s growing Asian population.

    The system is hampered by a shortage of culturally fluent providers, wait times that can stretch to weeks and Read More

    Did you know it’s time to sign up for health coverage for 2019? If you need health insurance, you can enroll at HealthCare.Gov. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law and ensures that health coverage is available for those who need it.

    Here are the top things you need to know:

    Comprehensive coverage is available. HealthCare.Gov plans cannot discriminate against you due to your mental health condition. Additionally, they must include key benefits like mental health care, prescription drug coverage Read More

    I take my mental health advocacy very seriously. I know firsthand how important progress towards acceptance is. Unfortunately, I also know how it feels to be discriminated against both for my mental illness and as an advocate: miserable, threatened, defeated, paranoid, or that I shouldn’t be advocating at all. Just a series of nasty remarks can have demoralizing effects lasting for months or more, not to mention the risk of damage to your reputation in the community.

    In July, a Read More

    The number of Americans committing suicide has been on the rise for the last two decades. Here in New York sate, suicide deaths have increased by 20 to 30 percent in that time. With September being Suicide Prevention Month, Health Reporter Erin Billups takes a look at how one program is teaching everyday New Yorkers how to recognize and respond to people in the midst of a mental health crisis.

    So far, 75,000 New Yorkers have taken the free eight-hour Mental Read More

    LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (WSYR) – New York State now requires that all school districts incorporate mental health into their curriculum. Starting this fall, kids K-12 have added the subject to their list. Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Counties BOCES has been a leader in helping local districts put the program into practice.

    “It’s frightening and we’re reaching a critical point where we need to do something. Uhm, that this can’t be something that we’re pushing off to the side and hoping that kids learn on their own,” said Kristen Read More

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