Reclaiming the New Frontier
As a young college graduate I went to work in a state psychiatric hospital. I saw adults struggling to retain their dignity while they were marched into a communal bathroom to be counted at the change of every shift. I saw men and women restrained because they dared to question staff. And I met families […]
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Suicide and Addictions: The Neglected Link
Today, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day. A good time to ponder the consequences of what we as a society have long neglected to address — the close link between suicide and addiction disorders. We can’t blame our neglect on ignorance. Multiple federal studies have revealed the startling statistics over the last five years. We […]
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Torn between two causes?
When I was pregnant with my now adult twin sons, I had a reoccurring nightmare. I was standing between two cribs each with a crying baby unable to decide which son to go to. I’ve heard similar fears expressed about an association’s ability to advocate for more than one cause, one disease state, one group of people struggling or in recovery. Most recently such fears were voiced when we announced a strategic alliance of the State Associations for Addiction Services, the Legal Action Center, and the National Council for Behavioral Health.
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Is mental health stigma overrated?
Is mental health stigma overrated? Is it time to rethink anti-stigma campaigns that are based on the belief that stigma stops people from accessing services?
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New Mexico Behavioral Health Fraud Unexplained
The 15 New Mexico behavioral health provider organizations that have been accused of Medicaid fraud by their Human Services Department have been put in an impossible position. The state has tried them and found them guilty in the press and the patients they serve and the staff they employ are understandably frightened and angry.
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Living with Mental Illness or Addiction
The Other Side ― an award-winning 5-minute film marking the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act passed by President Kennedy ― portrays what it’s like to live in the grip of mental illnesses and addictions and how treatments and supports provided in the community make recovery possible.
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White House Says Mental Health Matters
What a great day for mental health awareness in America. Was pleased to be a part of the White House National Conference on Mental Health on June 3, 2013 hosted by the President Obama and Vice President Biden. A much-needed PR event that launched a national public engagement campaign around mental health. From Hollywood to Washington, there was a rallying cry to keep the conversation about mental health going.
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Kittens Usher in National Council Name Change
Kittens have notoriously short attention spans. They chase the most exciting thing around. To entice them, you must get right to the point. So, what was the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare to do?
Shorten our name, of course.
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3 Things You Can Do after the Newtown Tragedy
We can no longer afford the luxury of inaction or ineffective solutions to the thief of community violence. On Friday, he stole 28 innocent lives, most of who hadn’t yet celebrated their eighth birthday. We know this thief. We saw him in a movie theater in Aurora, a high school at Columbine, a classroom at […]
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A Personal Take on Mental Health First Aid
This may sound unusual but one Mental Health First Aid’s biggest initial supporters was my husband. Mind you, he’s a CPA and not even in our industry. But when I first bounced this idea off of him of bringing the program to this country, he said “That’s going to be one of the most important things you’ve ever done.
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