Mental Health

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later: Mental Health, Police Violence and the Media

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later: Mental Health, Police Violence and the Media
I first met Alex Nieto at my friend’s college graduation party. He was polite and laid back, and he told me how he wanted to make a difference in youth’s lives, to move them away from a life of violence. A practicing Buddhist, he had aspirations to become a youth probation officer. The next time I heard anything about Alex was on the news. He had been killed by the San Francisco Police Department because he was perceived as a threat.
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Nisha Balaram
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CT Gov Sides with Insurance Companies Over Bi-Partisan Action and Mental Health Advocates

CT Gov Sides with Insurance Companies Over Bi-Partisan Action and Mental Health Advocates
At the end of May, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy stunned healthcare advocates when he vetoed an important bill that would have required insurance companies to provide data about how much substance abuse coverage and related mental health care they are actually providing Connecticut residents. Considering that the cost of appropriate substance abuse treatment and mental health services is far cheaper and more effective than dealing with the resulting violence and incarceration that often results from inadequate treatment, the bill was extremely appropriate.
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Mass Murders and Mental Health: The Elephant Gun in America's Living Room

Mass Murders and Mental Health: The Elephant Gun in America's Living Room
After mass shootings, like the ones these past weeks in Las Vegas, Seattle and Santa Barbara, the national conversation often focuses on mental illness. So what do we actually know about the connections between mental illness, mass shootings and gun violence overall?
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Lois Beckett
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Far Right in Denial Over Las Vegas Shooting They Helped Influence

Far Right in Denial Over Las Vegas Shooting They Helped Influence
From Cliven Bundy's wife, who is claiming it's not possible that the two Las Vegas mass shooters were ever at Bundy Ranch (video evidence proves they absolutely were) because her gun toting militia men wouldn't harm a fly, to Alex Jones who is claiming this is all a false flag even though one of the shooters actually contributed writing to Jones' InfoWars website, the right wing is in mass denial over the hardcore conservative shooters they without a doubt influenced...
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'This Is a Revolution!' aka Right-Wing Loon Murder-Suicide

'This Is a Revolution!' aka Right-Wing Loon Murder-Suicide
Two police officers were having lunch at a strip mall pizza buffet when a man and a woman fatally shot them in a point-blank ambush, then fled to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said. One of the shooters yelled, "This is a revolution!" but a motive remains under investigation, Las Vegas police spokesman Larry Hadfield said.
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Michelle Rindels and Martin Griffith
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50 Years After the Community Mental Health Act, Reports Show the Mental Health System Failing

50 Years After the Community Mental Health Act, Reports Show the Mental Health System Failing
Fifty years ago last week, President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act. The law signaled a shift in thinking about how we care for the mentally ill: instead of confining them into institutions, the act was supposed to create community mental health centers to provide support. But studies on the prevalence of mental illness among inmates and the homeless show many patients end up on the street or in jail, instead of served by the treatment centers envisioned in the law.
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Christie Thompson
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California Underfunds Mental Health Programs Then Blames State's Mental Health Problems on Yoga

California Underfunds Mental Health Programs Then Blames State's Mental Health Problems on Yoga
The unfortunate timing of Prop 63's passing at the apex of the real estate bubble has relegated California's mental health spending measure to a backfill for cutting tax dollars. The earmarked $5 billion became an example of "fiscally responsible budget cuts" before it ever could go into effect. The state auditor released a report that detailed Prop 63's remaining spending, but missed the key point — its underfunding.
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Further Reading: Mental Illness and Solitary Confinement in Prisons

Further Reading: Mental Illness and Solitary Confinement in Prisons
Despite protections, inmates with severe mental illness are still ending up in solitary confinement at alarming rates. Prisons and jails across the country are filling with mentally ill inmates, while access to community mental health services dwindle. The Department of Justice estimated in 2006 that over half of all U.S. inmates suffer from a mental health problem.
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Christie Thompson
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Officials Acknowledge Prison Director’s Murder Tied to Solitary Confinement Policies

Officials Acknowledge Prison Director’s Murder Tied to Solitary Confinement Policies
After years of controversial work to transition prisoners out of solitary confinement — especially prior to release into society — Colorado's Corrections Department Director was murdered by a former inmate who was released to the streets directly from 23 hours a day in a cement cell. The tragic, teachable moment is both about human rights for all humans and public safety.
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Sigmund Fraud: There Is Even Controversy Over the Manual That Defines Psychiatric Diseases

Sigmund Fraud: There Is Even Controversy Over the Manual That Defines Psychiatric Diseases
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — the American Psychiatric Association’s newly revised and controversial list of recognized mental illnesses — was recently published after 14 years in the making. At 947 pages, it's heavy on subtypes —and detractors.
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