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October 4, 2016

A recently closed Halloween-themed attraction that was opposed by Kay Warren, wife of Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, and others for stigmatizing people who live with mental illness is garnering new support in the form of an online petition calling for its reopening.

Earlier this week, it was announced that FearVR was going to be closed by the Buena Park, California-based Knott’s Berry Farm in response to outcry over its portrayal of a character suffering from mental Read More

    September 20, 2016 By Kara Leigh Lofton

    The organization Mental Health Matters is holding a series of panel presentations around the state to advocate for juvenile justice and community-based mental health care for youth.

    Yesterday’s forum, the second of six, was held at the University of Charleston and included panelists from mental health, education and legal backgrounds. During the forum, panelists discussed West Virginia’s lack of funds for mental and behavioral health intervention, a lack of coordination of services and the statewide Read More

    Police departments and policymakers around the country are grappling with how to bolster training for cops on mental health issues in the midst of a string of high-profile fatal incidents involving suspects believed to be in the throes of mental breakdowns.

    The current debate on policing in America has largely focused on whether inherent racial bias has led to police disproportionately using deadly force against African-Americans.

    But long simmering on the back burner is the struggle for police departments to deal with the eye-popping Read More


    Are you interested in improving the quality of medications for schizophrenia? If you live with schizophrenia or are a caregiver of someone who does, NAMI has an opportunity for you.

    NAMI is working with a pharmaceutical company that is researching a new medication that targets early symptoms of schizophrenia. NAMI is looking for adults who would like to answer an anonymous survey on their experiences with schizophrenia to help inform the research.

    If you’re interested, call the NAMI Research Study team (888-780-4167) or email Read More

    A recent survey reports that 47% of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27% college dropout rate in the U.S. overall.  Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70% more likely to drop out of college than students with no psychiatric diagnosis.

    My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his junior year of college. I was devastated by what I perceived to be the loss of hope for his future, but he was Read More

    As school begins, we are accustomed to safety warnings. Slow down driving, watch for students along the roads, near schools and perhaps behaving unpredictably near intersections. Buckle seat belts. Wear bicycle helmets. Avoid distracted driving.

    Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between 10 and 24 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control, with 4,600 deaths a year, and 157,000 youth receiving emergency medical care for self-inflicted injuries. Overall, more than 42,000 Read More

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