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March 2, 2017

By Chris Aiken, M.D. | Feb. 06, 2017

“You seem like you’re walking on eggshells,” our family therapist told me with a wise nod. The image of cracked eggs under my bare feet was strangely comforting compared to what our family was really going through. We were living with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder.

Psychiatrists don’t know enough about how to help families in this situation. I should know—I’m a psychiatrist myself. When mental illness hit my home, Read More

    By Stephanie Nebehay Reuters February 23, 2017

    GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 4 percent of the world’s population lives with depression, and women, youth and the elderly are the most prone to its disabling effects, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.

    An estimated 322 million people suffered depressive disorders in 2015, a rise of 18.4 percent in a decade, as people live longer, Read More

    February 2, 2017 | By Editorial Board | The Washington Post

    IT WAS a measure of the dysfunction in Virginia’s tattered services for mentally ill people that Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), even while facing a projected budget deficit that prompted him to propose an array of spending cuts, singled out mental-health care as the one major area for which he is seeking new funding this year.

    In the context of Virginia’s $100 billion biennial Read More

    February 17, 2017 | By Elizabeth Simpson

    Kim Ashby has some bedrock tools to raise money for mental health advocacy:

    Persistence. A network of friends, family and co-workers. And most important, her own story.

    “I have a mental illness myself,” she told me at a National Alliance on Mental Illness function in Virginia Beach last week. “I have bipolar disorder and depression. I would have mood swings and get depressed and angry and upset.”

    So began my chat with Ashby, the top fundraiser in Read More

    Jan 18, 2017 | Alana Austin

    Virginia lawmakers are considering broad reaching — and a few possibly expensive steps — to improve emergency access to mental health resources across Virginia.

    Few argue the need but the issue is balancing that with costs.

    Much of the discussion for reform of care in jails and prisons began with the death of Jamycheal Mitchell.

    Mitchell was arrested in 2015 for allegedly stealing $5 worth of snacks from a 7-11 in Hampton Roads. The 24-year-old had been diagnosed with Read More

    January 30, 2017

    RICHMOND — An effort to mandate mental health training for resident advisers at Virginia’s public colleges is moving forward in the General Assembly.

    A bill by Del. Joseph Yost, R-Pearisburg, would require resident advisers to receive eight hours of mental health first aid training to recognize the signs of mental illness and substance abuse.

    Yost’s House Bill 1911 passed the Virginia House of Delegates 98-0 Monday. The bill grew out of ideas presented by members of the Mental Health Justice Ministry, Read More

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