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October 11, 2018
Virginia lawmakers recommend increasing funding for mental health, school resource officers

School resource officers Erica Loor (left) and Jason Johnson speak with students at George Wythe High School in Richmond. State lawmakers have suggested spending more money on police officers in schools.  

Virginia needs to spend more on school resource officers and mental health services to improve school safety, state legislators recommended Tuesday.

The House Select Committee on School Safety on Tuesday received a set of about 50 recommendations compiled since the committee’s inception Read More

    STAUNTON — As autumn begins, Virginia’s only state mental hospital for children and adolescents is braced for a flood of troubled young people sent here involuntarily from communities across the state because they have nowhere else to turn for help in psychiatric crisis.

    The pressure begins to build every year as school begins, but in the fiscal year that ended June 30, the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents admitted 983 children and adolescents, nearly all of them under temporary detention Read More

    Addressing Male Suicide

    Anthony Bourdain, celebrated TV chef and world traveler, took his life earlier this year, just weeks before his 62nd birthday. To some, Bourdain was the image of success and satisfaction. He visited exotic locations, enjoyed rare and delicious foods, kept celebrity friends and spoke his mind with a refreshing frankness. But underneath the surface, things were not as glamorous as they appeared.

    His death speaks volumes not only on the silent suffering those with suicidal ideation experience, but also on Read More

    In partnership with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans and other organizations, NAMI filed suit today to invalidate the federal short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plan rule issued last month by three federal agencies. The legal challenge seeks a temporary injunction against the recently issued STLD rule, which would expand the availability of plans that do not have to provide coverage for mental heatlh and substance use services or comply with mental health parity.

    These short-term, limited duration Read More

    August 24, 2018 | By Keiko Purnell

    My last depressive episode left me completely isolated. I didn’t respond to messages for months. Since I didn’t know how long I would be depressed, answering the question “how are you?” became emotionally draining. Actually, that one question was why I stopped talking to people entirely.

    “How are you?” is such a knee-jerk opening line to a conversation; most of us don’t even realize we’re saying it, or pay much attention to the typical response Read More

    By Jonathan Berg

    I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder when I was 14. It has taken me decades to come to grips with what that means, and to be in a place where I’m comfortable talking openly about it. Nowadays, I’m really open, because I work as a travel blogger, connecting with people and places for a living. I actually started my career at a nonprofit office job, thinking that was what I wanted. But the traditional professional life was something Read More

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