By Laura Greenstein | Mar. 29, 2017
Together, we are a movement. Our movement explains what it really means to experience mental illness. Our movement shows people experiencing mental illness that they are not alone and there is hope. While it’s a slow process, our movement is becoming louder and more persistent every time a celebrity speaks out, an article is published or an individual shares their personal story. Our movement is growing, strengthening and becoming more Read More
By Ryann Tanap | Mar. 20, 2017
When you hear the phrase “psychotic break,” what comes to mind? Probably nothing good. In everyday conversation, the phrase carries a negative meaning for many because it’s perceived as a harsh and abrupt disconnect or “break” from reality—though it is more accurately described as an episode of psychosis.
Carlos Larrauri, for example, describes his experience with psychosis as more of a gradual decline, as opposed to a “break” occurring during a Read More
Will Missouri’s mental health treatment innovations survive federal budget, health-care reform fights?
March 24, 2017 | By Chuck Raasch
Missouri is one of eight states about to launch pilot programs significantly changing the way mental health is treated and paid for.
But the reforms in the programs that mental health professionals say are necessary to expand, improve and standardize treatment are vulnerable in the tectonic battles over the federal budget, which is still running large deficits. They also may be threatened if another effort begins to replace the Affordable Care Act.
The pilot-program changes are Read More
March 13, 2017 | Will Schmitt
Sen. Jeanie Riddle couldn’t believe what Jane Smith was telling her about suicide training in Missouri.
Smith, a mental health counselor and life crisis director with St. Louis-based Provident, oversees a hotline people can call if they’re thinking about committing suicide or if they see risk signs in others. She and other mental health care advocates are pushing for psychologists, behavior analysts, marriage counselors and social workers to be required to take two hours of suicide Read More
By Chris Aiken, M.D. | Feb. 06, 2017
“You seem like you’re walking on eggshells,” our family therapist told me with a wise nod. The image of cracked eggs under my bare feet was strangely comforting compared to what our family was really going through. We were living with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder.
Psychiatrists don’t know enough about how to help families in this situation. I should know—I’m a psychiatrist myself. When mental illness hit my home, Read More
GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 4 percent of the world’s population lives with depression, and women, youth and the elderly are the most prone to its disabling effects, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.
An estimated 322 million people suffered depressive disorders in 2015, a rise of 18.4 percent in a decade, as people live longer, Read More