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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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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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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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Meeting Children and Youth’s Behavioral Health Needs Where They Are – in School

September 17, 2019 | Mental Health First Aid | Treatment | Comments
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Chris Stoner-Mertz

National Council board member and executive director of California Alliance of Child and Family Services

Summer is over and a new school year is kicking off. New school supplies, reconnecting with classmates and an opportunity to start fresh are among the things that kids look forward to as they ready themselves. But for plenty of students – and by plenty, I mean one in five – there are underlying mental […]

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Back to School Doesn’t Have to Mean Back to Stigma

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Lisa Prather

Campaign Manager for the National Council for Behavioral Health

It was late one weekday. I had just gotten up from one of my long naps that characterized countless vain attempts to sleep away depressive thoughts. I got out of bed and took several steps to the door. Instantly, thoughts flooded my mind and the image of that kid at school who didn’t return my […]

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Harm Reduction is About Hope and Saving People’s Lives

June 13, 2019 | Treatment | Comments
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Vitka Eisen, MSW, Ed.D.

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

More than 30 years ago, long past the realization that it was time for me to stop injecting heroin, I turned to the warm, welcoming staff at San Francisco’s Haight Asbury Free Clinics. They had already seen me through multiple unsuccessful attempts, yet I felt no judgment, heard no dogma and wasn’t ever threatened with […]

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Americares Expands Access to Medication

October 30, 2017 | Treatment | Comments
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Katiri Zuluaga

Manager, State Initiatives

Improving access to medications that treat mental illness can save money and improve outcomes. In 2012, 60 percent of uninsured Americans with a chronic condition skipped medication due to cost. Thirty-seven percent of Medicare enrollees were concerned about drug costs and 20 percent delayed filling prescriptions or skipped doses to save money. Nonadherence to psychotropic […]

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Pharmacists are Untapped Resource in Treatment of Mental Illness

October 16, 2017 | Treatment | Comments

Chuck Ingoglia

Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Practice Improvement

“The best medication at the best dose can never be effective if the patient does not take it.” According to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, less than half the patients prescribed medication to be taken for an extended period of time to treat persistent mental health problems like schizophrenia and […]

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Reversing the Criminalization of Mental Illness

November 18, 2016 | Addictions | Treatment | Comments
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Lauren Moyer and Judge Joseph Locascio

Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center

In November 2013, Kansas City, Missouri’s first responders, mental health providers, municipal court and mayor’s office decided that enough was enough. Our community knew that the number of arrested and jailed individuals with mental illness was unacceptable, and any solution required cross-systems collaboration between local government, criminal justice and mental health. To address the problem, […]

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