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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Virginia

September 1, 2017
Rules Of The Road For Succeeding In College With A Mood Disorder

August 23, 2017 | By Sharon Carnahan, Ph.D.

You’ve done it! High school is over and it’s time for college. Everyone is just so proud… and you’re alternating between wildly optimistic and sure of certain failure. As a person with a diagnosed mood disorder, you just barely survived high school—and that’s no exaggeration.

Maybe you’ve accumulated a list of experiences that don’t exactly enhance your resume—frequent absences, medication trials, psychiatrist visits (outpatient or in), special schools, therapists, suicide attempts and drinking sprees. Read More

    Google taps National Alliance on Mental Illness to add depression screener to search

    August 29, 2017 | By Jonah Comstock

    While Google the company — now known as Alphabet — has spun its health operations into several growing subsidiaries, Google the search engine continues to be one of the major ways people seek to learn about their health. To its credit, Google has displayed an awareness of the “ask Dr. Google” phenomenon and over the years has steadily improved what people see when they make health-related search queries. Most recently, they Read More

    August 29, 2017 | healio.com

    Adolescents with close friendships in mid-adolescence had higher self-worth and lower anxiety and depressive symptoms in early adulthood, according to recent findings.

    “Our research found that the quality of friendships during adolescence may directly predict aspects of long-term mental and emotional health,” Rachel K. Narr, PhD, of the University of Virginia, said in a press release. “High school students with higher-quality best friendships tended to improve in several aspects of mental health over time, while teens Read More

    August 4, 2017 | By Michael Pope

    For years, lawmakers in Virginia have struggled to find ways to expand mental health care — with mixed results. A new report from the Commonwealth Institute finds a racial divide in terms of who gets help.

    Blacks and Latinos have less access to mental health care in Virginia. And blacks experience worse outcomes from treatment than whites.

    Those are the conclusions of a new report from the Commonwealth Institute. Laura Goren is research director at Read More

    The Fight Is Not Over

    July 20, 2017 | NAMI.ORG

    Wondering what is happening with health reform? Every day–and sometimes multiple times a day–the news changes.

    But what doesn’t change is NAMI’s simple test for health reform: Will Americans have more mental health coverage and better care? To date, the answer has been no. Whether it’s the revised Senate bill, repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or repeal and delay, Congress is overlooking millions of Americans who live with mental illness.

    All of the proposals would:

    Strip Read More
    Challenging Multicultural Disparities In Mental Health

    July 10, 2017 | By Elena Schatell

    As the racial demographic of the U.S. continues to shift, the mental health field faces the challenge of creating equal, culturally sensitive services for all. Many people are unable to attain their highest level of mental wellness for several reasons, and the culture of mental health is just one barrier. Closely tied to race and ethnicity, “culture” refers to a group of people who share a set of beliefs, norms, values and attitudes. The Read More

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