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Campaign Spotlight: Improving Education on Tardive Dyskinesia

December 9, 2019 | Treatment | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Many people are unfamiliar with tardive dyskinesia (TD). It’s a disorder that is often overlooked – yet, an estimated 500,000 people in the U.S. are currently experiencing its symptoms. TD is an involuntary movement disorder characterized by repetitive and uncontrollable movements that is commonly associated with the prolonged treatment of antipsychotics. Although uncommon, it is […]

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Accelerate Your LGBTQ+ Learning – Join Our Special Interest Group

December 4, 2019 | LGBTQ | Comments
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Paul Curtis and Michael Carrone

Executive Director of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies and a National Council board member, and the Director of Healthcare Transformation, respectively

Behavioral health care is constantly evolving, and we are gaining greater insight into the needs of our country’s most marginalized populations. That’s especially true for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Research shows that individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) experience disproportionately higher rates of mental health and substance use issues. […]

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Addicted to Coercion

October 29, 2019 | Addictions | Criminal Justice | Comments
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Vitka Eisen, MSW, Ed.D.

President and CEO HealthRIGHT 360, Board Member, National Council for Behavioral Health

Beginning in 2011, with California’s state prison system overseen by the federal courts due to severe overcrowding, the state legislature and voters passed a series of laws to reduce sentencing severity for non-violent crimes, most notably drug-related offenses. As a result, fewer people faced felonies for crimes often associated with problematic substance use, like simple […]

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It’s Time to Establish A New Lifeline for America

October 28, 2019 | Suicide | Comments
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National Council for Behavioral Health

Leading Mental Health Advocates Urge Congress to Establish 9-8-8 As A National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Hotline The success of 9-1-1, our nation’s emergency service hotline, is undeniable. In an instant, Americans can   reach police, fire and emergency services from anywhere in the country. It’s hard to fathom that before the adoption of […]

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What Do We Mean When We Say “Recovery”?

October 7, 2019 | Addictions | Recovery | Treatment | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Kenneth Minkoff, M.D., a member of the National Council Medical Director Institute, is a board-certified community psychiatrist and addiction psychiatrist, part-time assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and the COO and senior systems consultant at ZiaPartners, Inc. Dr. Minkoff also provides consultation to large systems on developing welcoming, integrated, recovery-oriented services to individuals […]

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Member Spotlight: Reaching a New Threshold in Recovery

October 4, 2019 | Addictions | Recovery | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

For 60 years, Thresholds – a National Council member – has been transforming the lives of Chicago residents struggling with mental illness and addiction by breaking cycles of poverty and unemployment. In this interview, Dr. Steve Weinstein, a medical director at Thresholds and member of the National Council’s Medical Director Institute, discusses the impact of […]

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Raising Your Voice for Recovery: One Woman’s Journey from Treatment to Training

October 2, 2019 | Addictions | Recovery | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

As a long-time peer support trainer in Utah, Ginger knows how difficult navigating your own mental illness can be. At the age of 15, she regularly contemplated suicide. A few years later, after she was kicked out of college, she made several attempts to kill herself, leading to a stay at a state hospital. Over […]

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Reflections on Recovery: What Brad Pitt and I Have in Common

September 30, 2019 | Addictions | Recovery | Comments
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Vitka Eisen, MSW, Ed.D.

President and CEO of HealthRIGHT 360, and a board member of the National Council for Behavioral Health

Brad Pitt recently told The New York Times, “I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges.” As a former injection heroin user and the CEO of an organization that has treated tens of thousands of people for substance use disorder, I appreciate his candor. It helps […]

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A Story of Recovery: Beating Addiction One Moment at a Time

September 23, 2019 | Addictions | Treatment | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Hope is always within reach – even after hardship. Just ask Samantha, a 31-year-old mother who lost custody of her son in 2016 when she was struggling with addiction. In this interview, Samantha opens up about her journey from being homeless to helping others along their path to recovery. How did you move forward after […]

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Are You Struggling with Thoughts of Suicide?

September 20, 2019 | Suicide | Treatment | Comments
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Lisa Prather

Campaign Manager for the National Council for Behavioral Health

It’s a shocking question, isn’t it? I remember how hard it was the first time I asked a friend. I didn’t know how to make it sound neutral, nonchalant, non-judgmental and frankly … normal. Talking about suicide isn’t easy and not knowing what to say or how to say it can make you feel like […]

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