California’s nurse practitioners to receive mental health care training for impacts of social isolation, economic stressMay 11, 2020
April 29, 2020
By Lori Basheda, Kaiser Health News
Jane Gunter, a nurse practitioner in Tuolumne County, California, has long wanted to specialize in mental health so she can treat patients who have anxiety, depression and more complicated mental illnesses.
Her county, a rural outpost in the Sierra Nevada foothills with a population of about 54,000, has only five psychiatrists — “a huge shortage,” she said.
But Gunter,more » Read More
April 27, 2020
By Karen de Sa, Safety Net Fellow
The Chronicle of Social Change
As the California Assembly struggles to begin creating new laws on Monday amid the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers are being urged to select only the most vital-to-the-times bills. To contain infections that have topped 43,000 in the state, there will be masks and gloves, and people seated far from each other in cavernous hearing rooms.more » Read More
April 30, 2020
By Brad Bowins, M.D.
Mental illness exerts a heavy toll on society, but only receives a fraction of the funding that physical illness does. There is a universal need for beneficial and cost-effective interventions for mental illness. But what might qualify as an option?
One possible answer is activity! As a psychiatrist treating a wide range of conditions, I have seen first-hand the benefit of activity and routinely apply it to clients,more » Read More
Arlington, VA — This May for Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is raising awareness and highlighting that no one experiencing a mental health condition should feel alone. More than 40 million people in the U.S. face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental health condition. And now more than ever, in these uncertain times, it is important for the mental health movement to come together.more » Read More
Apr 2, 2020
By Dean Russell
California Health Report
When the deadly Camp fire tore through Northern California two years ago, a national mental health hotline saw a spike in calls. The federal Disaster Distress Helpline was especially busy the year before that as three hurricanes hit the country back-to-back.
But none of that compares to the surge in calls the hotline has received in recent weeks.more » Read More
Mar 27, 2020 10:42 pm PT
By Paige Austin
LOS ANGELES, CA — Californians were trucking along the busy highway of life a couple of weeks ago, mindful of stock market and other signposts along the way but more or less keeping their loads balanced. Then the new coronavirus slammed on the brakes, causing a multi-vehicle pileup that commingled their stuff — their jobs, their kids’ schools, every aspect of their lives — in a big mess on the Golden State Freeway.more » Read More