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House Passes Build Back Better Act to Invest in Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder Care

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November 19, 2021

American Psychiatric Association Fri Nov 19, 2021 Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, a $2 trillion spending package that includes significant investments in mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) care.APA applauds the inclusion of these provisions in the legislation: Enforcement of mental health parity laws: The 2008 federal parity law requires...   read more


String of LAPD shootings exposes L.A.’s broken mental health system, officials say

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November 19, 2021

Los Angeles Times By Kevin Rector Nov. 18, 2021 When a 19-year-old tourist from Singapore was stabbed in the abdomen on Hollywood Boulevard last month, witnesses and the victim quickly pointed out the suspect to police. Police already knew the man, Grisha Alaverdyan, from prior encounters. Alaverdyan, 27, had been arrested and charged two weeks earlier with...   read more


Biden's Reconciliation Bill Aims to Strengthen Behavioral Health Parity, Access

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November 11, 2021

Behavioral Health Business By Kyle Coward October 29, 2021 After much haggling among Democrats in Congress, President Biden Thursday unveiled the latest framework of his reconciliation spending bill. The new version of the Build Back Better Act is a $1.75 trillion bill that, pricewise, is a scaled down version of the spending agenda Biden has sought...   read more


A Judge Takes His Mental Health Struggles Public

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November 11, 2021

California Healthline By Mark Kreidler November 8, 2021 In 1972, just 18 days after he was selected to run for vice president with Democratic Sen. George McGovern, Thomas Eagleton was forced off the ticket. The issue? Years earlier, Eagleton had been hospitalized and treated with electroshock therapy for depression. The disclosure of his mental health...   read more


The Coming Age of Climate Trauma

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October 29, 2021

The Washington Post Magazine By Andrea Stanley October 27, 2021 Three years after a devastating wildfire, a California community faces another crisis: PTSD. Is what’s happening there a warning to the rest of us? Jess Mercer received a call from her stepmom, Annette, that morning, a little after 8 a.m. “We’re coming,” Annette said, her...   read more


‘When I Was Playing, No One Really Talked About Mental Health.’

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October 24, 2021

The New York Times By Ken Belson Oct. 19, 2021 Jonathan Martin faced bullying in his N.F.L. locker room and depression. He will donate his brain to C.T.E. research to determine if head trauma contributed to his mental health woes. As a lineman for the Miami Dolphins, Jonathan Martin was at the center of a scandal...   read more


Postpartum Depression Can Be Dangerous. Here’s How to Recognize It and Seek Treatment.

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October 24, 2021

The New York Times By Tara Haelle Published April 17, 2020 Updated July 19, 2021 The sooner this serious mental health issue is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated. Knowing your risk factors is the first step. I have a history of depression, so in the weeks following the births of both of my...   read more


My Mental Health Issues Have a Name: Bruce

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October 24, 2021

The New York Times By Lily Burana Oct. 14, 2021 And like Mr. Springsteen, I have resolved to release the shame. I’m probably not going to make the strongest case for my mental soundness by telling you that Bruce Springsteen lives inside my brain. But here we are. Since being diagnosed with depression in my...   read more


College students struggle with mental health as pandemic drags on

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October 24, 2021

The Washington Post By Susan Svrluga and Nick Anderson Thu, Oct. 14, 2021 Suicides at UNC-Chapel Hill led to a day off, dogs on campus and other efforts to relieve stress as students grieve. People handed flowers to strangers on campus this week and wrote encouraging notes in chalk. Students played with baby goats and...   read more


APA Joins Amicus Brief Against Texas Abortion Law

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October 14, 2021

American Psychiatric Association Wed, Oct 13, 2021 A Texas law to prohibit abortions after six weeks’ gestation threatens the health of pregnant women, runs counter to settled constitutional law, and offends core principles of medical ethics. So said APA and 18 other medical organizations in an amicus brief submitted to the United States Court of Appeals for...   read more