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October 10, 2018

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

    Anthony Bourdain, celebrated TV chef and world traveler, took his life earlier this year, just weeks before his 62nd birthday. To some, Bourdain was the image of success and satisfaction. He visited exotic locations, enjoyed rare and delicious foods, kept celebrity friends and spoke his mind with a refreshing frankness. But underneath the surface, things were not as glamorous as they appeared.

    His death speaks volumes not only on the silent suffering those with suicidal ideation experience, but also on Read More

    In partnership with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans and other organizations, NAMI filed suit today to invalidate the federal short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plan rule issued last month by three federal agencies. The legal challenge seeks a temporary injunction against the recently issued STLD rule, which would expand the availability of plans that do not have to provide coverage for mental heatlh and substance use services or comply with mental health parity.

    These short-term, limited duration Read More

    August 24, 2018 | By Keiko Purnell

    My last depressive episode left me completely isolated. I didn’t respond to messages for months. Since I didn’t know how long I would be depressed, answering the question “how are you?” became emotionally draining. Actually, that one question was why I stopped talking to people entirely.

    “How are you?” is such a knee-jerk opening line to a conversation; most of us don’t even realize we’re saying it, or pay much attention to the typical response Read More

    By Jonathan Berg

    I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder when I was 14. It has taken me decades to come to grips with what that means, and to be in a place where I’m comfortable talking openly about it. Nowadays, I’m really open, because I work as a travel blogger, connecting with people and places for a living. I actually started my career at a nonprofit office job, thinking that was what I wanted. But the traditional professional life was something Read More

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