September 10, 2019 By Justin Jouvenal The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/new-survey-shows-heavy-psychological-toll-for-vas-first-responders/2019/09/09/636df99e-d323-11e9-9610-fb56c5522e1c_story.html
A first-of-its-kind mental health survey of police, firefighters and 911 call dispatchers in Virginia finds that they experience suicidal thoughts at a rate of more than double the general population and that nearly a quarter suffer from work-related depression.
The survey of nearly 4,900 first responders also found that nearly half couldn’t stop looking for threats even in their own homes, a common symptom for those who have been exposed to Read More
Sept. 3, 2019 By Lucy Hood Education Dive https://www.educationdive.com/news/more-states-requiring-mental-health-education/561250/
When three students in Virginia’s Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) noticed how stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues were affecting many of their peers — and having an impact on their own lives — they didn’t just push through and wait for graduation.
The trio took their concerns to state lawmakers, who were among the first in the country to pass legislation requiring state-mandated mental health education in K-12 schools.Read More
Arlington, VA— The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a proud member of Mental Health For US, a nonpartisan, educational coalition elevating mental health and addiction in policy conversations around the country. Today, the coalition released candidate responses to their survey which asked 11 questions addressing mental health, drug overdose, criminal justice reform, equal access to care and more.Read More
By Andrea Paquette | Aug. 14, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/August-2019/What-it-Feels-Like-to-be-in-Psychosis
I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder with psychotic features when I was 25 years old. My mental health journey unraveled my life to the point where I nearly died. An entire year, spanning most of 2005, drove me entirely out of reality. It remains extremely difficult to explain how something called “psychosis” has affected my brain.
Most people understand psychosis to be seeing, hearing and believing things that are not real. Simple. However, it is not easy Read More
July 27, 2019 By Daniel Berti, Times Staff Writer Prince William Times https://www.princewilliamtimes.com/news/supervisors-approve-state-funding-for-jail-mental-health-pilot/article_c7b5210c-b08c-11e9-9c9d-2b8c6eed392b.html
Prince William’s Board of County Supervisors voted unanimously to ratify a $351,909 grant to continue a state-funded mental health pilot program at Prince William-Manassas Regional Jail that aims to reduce recidivism among female inmates who suffer from mentally illness.
The program is part of a statewide effort to address increasing rates of inmates who face such challenges. Nearly 20% of all inmates housed in Virginia’s local jails in 2018 had a mental Read More
July 17, 2019 By Ann E. Marimow The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/court-strikes-down-virginia-law-for-criminalizing-an-illness-in-targeting-homeless-alcoholics/2019/07/17/9ce7b53a-a7e4-11e9-a3a6-ab670962db05_story.html?
A divided federal appeals court this week struck down a Virginia law for “effectively criminalizing an illness” by targeting homeless alcoholics for buying, consuming or having alcohol.
The narrowly decided case reversed an earlier ruling from a three-judge panel of the same court, provoked lengthy, passionate dissent and indicated deep divisions on a court known for its civility and genteel traditions.
In its 8-7 decision, the U.S. Court of Read More