Pepper Spray and Death
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Dramatic Rise in Youth Hospitalizations
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today issued the following statement by NAMI Executive Director Mary Gilibertiin response to the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that it will not move forward to "finalize" proposed rule changes under Medicare Part D that would have restricted access to antidepressant and antipsychotic medications.
Adam has a secret. He's shared it with his family and close friends. In fact, he would like to talk about it more openly. But he doesn't want to use his real name in this story because he fears that people at his new high-tech job will see it and think less of him. A few months ago, he considered allowing a reporter to mention his depression in a news story about a community project in which he was involved. His depression was one of the reasons he got involved: "I guess I was tired of feeling like I have to hide this piece of me," he says.
A year after his son’s suicide, popular evangelical pastor Rick Warren is taking on a new mental health ministry inspired by his personal tragedy. Warren, founder of Saddleback Church and a best-selling author, will team with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and the National Alliance on Mental Illness to host a daylong event March 28 focused on helping church leaders reach parishioners who are struggling with mental illness.
Actress Halle Berry appears on the cover of the latest issue of The Advocate, the magazine of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), with an interview inside about her upcoming film, Frankie & Alice. Based on a true story, Berry plays Frankie Murdoch, an African American ’70s-era go-go dancer living with dissociative identity disorder (DID). She is challenged by two identities: a scared 7-year old girl named Genius and a bigoted, white southern belle named Alice.
Psychologists, counselors and other mental health professionals have a lack of understanding of African-Americans that leads to inaccurate diagnoses and harm to blacks with behavioral disorders, experts say. A symposium at UC Riverside, which featured editors of a state-commissioned report on black mental health, came as the California Department of Public Health is developing strategic plans to implement some recommendations of the statewide study.