April 1, 2019 By Rachel Aviv The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/the-challenge-of-going-off-psychiatric-drugs
Laura Delano recognized that she was “excellent at everything, but it didn’t mean anything,” her doctor wrote. She grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, one of the wealthiest communities in the country. Her father is related to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and her mother was introduced to society at a débutante ball at the Waldorf-Astoria. In eighth grade, in 1996, Laura was the class president—she ran on a platform of planting daffodils Read More
Mar 27, 2019 3:36 pm ET By Michael Woyton, Patch Staff https://patch.com/new-york/whiteplains/westchester-receives-grant-communities-affected-opioids
WHITE PLAINS, NY — Westchester County has received a grant from the New York State Department of Labor to assist local communities that have been affected by the opioid epidemic. The grant money, which totals $346,205, was allocated to Westchester to help train the employees who treat those battling addiction and substance abuse.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said that no community is immune to the opioid crisis, and Read More
Apr. 01, 2019 By Laurie Katz https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/April-2019/Four-Lessons-From-Four-Years-of-Therapy
I’ve now been in therapy for four years. I talk about four years a lot. It’s an important number in my life. After I was raped in 2011, I suffered in silence for just under four years. It happened at college in Chicago by a fellow student on the third weekend of my freshman year. I tried to get justice, but after months of meetings and hearings, my rapist never had any Read More
Arlington, VA — NAMI and 16 national organizations representing millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions filed an amicus curiae (“friend-of-the-court”) brief on April 1 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case Texas v. United States. This is the appeal of a District Court’s ruling to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the appeals court upholds the decision, the invalidation of the ACA would touch Read More
New York state budget proposal promotes mental health programs (Photo: MGNOnline)
AP — (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s spending proposals for New York state’s mental hygiene programs are the subject of a public hearing in Albany.
The Democratic governor’s $175 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year includes his ongoing efforts to reduce the number of New Yorkers who die by suicide each year. Cuomo says federal statistics show that New York state’s suicide rate rose by nearly 30 Read More
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Mental health is a big business, and a growing number of tech companies are trying to tackle pieces of the problem.
On Wednesday, AbleTo, which connects therapists and coaches with patients via smartphone, said that it’s buying Joyable, a provider of virtual therapy services for people who can’t get access to a therapist in person.
Nearly half of the 60 million adults and children living with mental health conditions in the U.S. lack access Read More