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March 31, 2017

By Laura Greenstein | Mar. 29, 2017

Together, we are a movement. Our movement explains what it really means to experience mental illness. Our movement shows people experiencing mental illness that they are not alone and there is hope. While it’s a slow process, our movement is becoming louder and more persistent every time a celebrity speaks out, an article is published or an individual shares their personal story. Our movement is growing, strengthening and becoming more Read More

    By Ryann Tanap | Mar. 20, 2017 

    When you hear the phrase “psychotic break,” what comes to mind? Probably nothing good. In everyday conversation, the phrase carries a negative meaning for many because it’s perceived as a harsh and abrupt disconnect or “break” from reality—though it is more accurately described as an episode of psychosis.

    Carlos Larrauri, for example, describes his experience with psychosis as more of a gradual decline, as opposed to a “break” occurring during a Read More

    March 31, 2017 | By Katie Demeria

    Virginia’s Medicaid program is launching a new Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services benefit today meant to provide help for those with substance use disorders across the state.

    The benefit — also referred to as ARTS — was prompted by the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse, which submitted 51 recommendations to Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the summer of 2015, including increasing Medicaid rates for addiction treatment.

    The ARTS benefit will increase provider rates Read More

    March 29, 2017 | By Matt Talhelm

    The way police and courts respond to people suffering a mental health crisis is changing in the commonwealth.

    The University of Virginia School of Law hosted a symposium Wednesday, March 29, in an effort to remove the stigma of mental illness.

    The Criminal Justice and Mental Illness symposium focused on ways law enforcement and the judicial system are dealing with people in mental health crisis.

    Law students and professors heard from Tom von Read More

    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

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