Jan 26, 2020 By Lisa Beitz The Daily Progress https://www.dailyprogress.com/dailyprogress/vital-signs-legislative-issues-that-can-affect-behavioral-health-in/article_5ad6635a-1eba-5c1f-a638-0ac5ea48c352.html
The Virginia Association of Community Services Boards represents the 40 Community Services Boards in state and federal public policy matters, funding, legislation and regulation. The VACSB has a number of legislative priorities for the upcoming year to support individuals with behavioral health needs and concerns. Two of those priorities are connected to STEP Virginia and Medicaid expansion.
In 2017, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services introduced the STEP-VA program, Read More
He heard voices. He once set fire to his home. Pilgrim helped him ‘come back to the world, the real world’
February 8, 2020 By David Olson Newsday https://www.newsday.com/news/health/schizophrenia-mental-health-pilgrim-psychiatric-center-1.41499840
When Larry Euell Jr. was 18, he was convinced voices coming out of the radio were talking about him. Three years later, while in a rage, he started a fire in his bedroom and almost burned down his family’s house.
That fire culminated in him being sent to Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, where four years of treatment left Euell, now 34, of Hempstead, happier and optimistic.
“What Pilgrim did was transition me to come back to the world, Read More
Jan. 21, 2020 By Becky Brasfield NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/How-to-Move-Forward-After-Going-Through-a-Crisis
After a crisis, recovery can be challenging. Our lives are left in turmoil caused by the stressful situation we just managed to overcome. With the worst behind us, we have to pick up the pieces. But unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for how to take steps toward the future. So how do we move forward?
Jan. 17, 2020 By Odelya Gertel Kraybill, Ph.D., LCPC NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/5-Reminders-for-Survivors-of-Trauma
In 1991, when I was 17 and living in Tel Aviv with my family, a loud siren woke me from a peaceful sleep. We knew what it meant. We also knew we had to do. I ran, shaking and crying, with my family to our safe room, where we bolted the door and sealed it for protection.
About three minutes later we felt and then heard huge blasts. Our house shook and Read More
December 20, 2019 at 3:36 PM EST – Updated December 20 at 6:22 PM By Sharon Gregory NBC29.com https://www.nbc29.com/2019/12/20/nbc-special-report-suicides-removing-stigma-mental-illness/
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. (WVIR) – The suicide rate is increasing in this country. From 1999 to 2017, the rate increased overall by 33-percent. The statistics are alarmingly clear, but the reasons are complex.
The landscape of mental healthcare in Virginia is changing, and the way society views mental illness is evolving, but slowly. People on the front lines agree: the first step to Read More
Posted December 11, 2019 5:07PM Updated December 11, 2019 5:26PM By Shelby Brown and Vernon Freeman Jr. WTVR https://wtvr.com/2019/12/11/how-this-mental-health-advocate-is-helping-others-find-their-truth/
RICHMOND, Va. — Lauren Hope is no longer ashamed to tell people that once in her life, mental illness drove her to attempt suicide.
CBS 6 first introduced viewers to the VCU graduate and former news reporter a few years ago.
Hope spent years honing her skills as a television news reporter in Lynchburg. From the outside Hope was on top of the world in Read More