Nov 12, 2019 By Jocelyn Wiener/CalMatters KCBX https://www.kcbx.org/post/treatment-psychosis-and-other-mental-illness-differs-drastically-county#stream/0
Last December, Brighid FitzGibbon’s son, Evan, entered a catatonic state. Acute psychosis had hit suddenly a few weeks earlier, toward the end of fall semester of his sophomore year at Bard College in upstate New York. Gripped by terrifying delusions, his body began to shut down.
FitzGibbon and her husband, Taylor, rushed their 20-year-old son to a hospital in Sonoma County, where they live. An acquaintance told them about a promising program for Read More
December 8, 2019 By MHE Staff Managed Healthcare Executive https://www.managedhealthcareexecutive.com/news/collaborative-effort-will-support-mental-health-california-students
There is a mental health crisis among California’s youth. Studies show up to one in five students in the U.S. has a serious mental health need, yet in California too few of those affected receive the help they need, according to Blue Shield of California, based in Oakland, California.
To address this issue, the payer is launching BlueSky, a multi-year effort in collaboration with the California Department of Education and nonprofit organizations such Read More
This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to designate 9-8-8 as the 3-digit number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.
NAMI applauds Chairman Ajit Pai and the FCC for their leadership on this issue and strongly supports the creation of a national 3-digit number as an essential part of a network of services and supports for people experiencing a mental health crisis. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK, and Read More
Dec. 09, 2019 By Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, NYCPS-P, CPRP NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/December-2019/Preventing-and-Preparing-for-a-Mental-Health-Crisi
My experience during my crisis made me feel worse than my illness itself. Three armed police officers and two paramedics pounded on my door, entered my small apartment, checked my vitals, strapped me into a wheelchair, forcibly removed me from my home, and escorted me to a siren-blaring ambulance. I was shocked and confused. I yelled. I cried. I was terrified. I felt like I was being imprisoned.
I was Read More
Oct 9, 2019 By Sammy Caiola/Capital Public Radio Jefferson Public Radio https://www.ijpr.org/post/california-launches-peer-run-mental-health-warm-line#stream/0
California is launching a statewide mental health phone line to help those who need help, but aren’t in crisis.
Most counties already run a suicide prevention hotline. But only a few have a “warm line,” which offers emotional support and resource referrals for people who are experiencing depression, anxiety and other symptoms but aren’t considering taking their own lives.
Mental health advocates say it’s this lower level of care can Read More
October 9, 2019 By Claudia Boyd-Barrett The Chronicle of Social Change https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/analysis/millions-unclaimed-behind-californias-troubled-mental-health-care-funding-system/38158
Alex Briscoe didn’t know much about how local governments pay for mental health care when he joined Alameda County’s Health Care Services Agency in 2004. But he knew there was a problem.
Briscoe had come from a job at Children’s Hospital Oakland where he saw kids routinely turn up in the emergency room in serious psychological distress. These children had nowhere else to go. There was no support system to Read More