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May 31, 2017 | By Hannah Story

To mark its 25th anniversary, the Virginia Health Care Foundation has announced a $1.5 million behavioral health initiative designed to increase access to mental health services for medically underserved and uninsured Virginians.

The new initiative is called Beyond Blue.

It will focus on three prongs as part of the initiative: Integrating behavioral health services with primary medical care for diabetic patients with depression; preparing interested organizations to implement a trauma-informed approach to care in their practices; and Read More

    May 22, 2017 | By Kevin Grimm

    When I was eleven years old, I walked through a plate glass window. There was a lot of blood, and I was rushed to the nearest hospital, panic-stricken, with a wound on my leg and another on my face. My mother was concerned that the rather superficial wound on my face would leave me disfigured for life. Because this was my first serious accident, she decided we should wait in the ER for what Read More

    May 25, 2017 |

    Today, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) noted that the newly released Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score confirms devastating losses to mental health care in the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA).

    “Under the American Health Care Act, it is estimated that 23 million Americans will lose coverage for mental health care by 2026, including 14 million who will no longer be covered by Medicaid,” said Mary Giliberti, CEO of NAMI. “This will Read More

    April 24, 2017 | By Laura Greenstein

    Most people have experienced anxiety at some point. Running late for an important meeting, getting ready before a date, speaking publicly for the first time—anxiety is within the scope of the human experience. In fact, it’s a perfectly normal reaction to stressful situations.

    This fact is both positive and negative for people who live with anxiety conditions. It’s beneficial because most people have some understanding of what anxiety feels like, and may be more sympathetic Read More

    April 07, 2017 | By Emily Johnson

    I live with a high-functioning depression in my life, and in the workplace. I’ve been struggling since 2015, when I thought it was just fatigue. Medication and therapy have helped me feel better, but I still experience depressive episodes. Sometimes going to the office seems close to impossible—even though I love my job. And like most others, I can’t take the liberty to refuse regular income and stop working for a while. But what Read More

    April 13, 2017 | By Lee Belotte

    Fabric sculptures decorated the foyer at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art on a recent Wednesday afternoon. Students crafted and dressed cloaks, while simultaneously hoping to undress the societal stigmas of mental illness in their exhibit, “Mindfully Cloaked.”

    Green Run students participated with MOCA in response to the museum’s exhibition, “MIND-FUL, Exploring Mental Health through Art.” They produced pieces with titles such as “Forgetting,” that illustrated dementia, and “Fading in and Out,” which explored anxiety Read More

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