RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Candid conversations took place in Richmond on Tuesday about erasing the stigma of mental health and making it a part of everyday life.
That was the focus of a community gathering featuring Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, the non-profit group VOCAL and #IfYouCouldSeeMe. Those battling mental health issues opened up to total strangers Read More
April 7, 2019 By Mason Adams Virginia Mercury https://www.virginiamercury.com/2019/04/07/youve-got-to-make-your-own-rural-parents-struggle-to-access-mental-health-services-for-kids/
FLOYD — Becky Silvey has seen it all.
The Franklin County mother has raised three children who have faced challenges ranging from addiction to autism to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She’s struggled with a troubled marriage while navigating the school and criminal justice systems to advocate for her children. At one point, Silvey found out her oldest son had overdosed on drugs at the same time the second, then age 14, was hospitalized for Read More
Today, the NAMI Board of Directors has announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer, Mary Giliberti, as she departs to pursue more time with her family.
“For forty years, NAMI has worked to build better lives for people affected by mental illness. Mary’s work in this pursuit has propelled the mental health movement forward in unprecedented ways. We sincerely appreciate her contributions and wish her well,” said Adrienne Kennedy, NAMI Board President.
Apr. 15, 2019 By David Kingdon, M.D. and Douglas Turkington, M.D. NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/April-2019/CBT-for-Psychosis-Approaches-Families-Can-Use
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is gradually becoming recognized and available as a psychological approach to mental health problems. But what exactly is it? Well, CBT works with thoughts (cognitions) and behaviors to help with mental health problems. It’s becoming increasingly famous, particularly for teaching people what they can do to improve depression and anxiety. But it’s also being used to help with symptoms of psychosis, such as hearing voices Read More
Mar 20, 2019 By Patrick Wilson Richmond Times-Dispatch https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/va-officials-begin-planning-new-mental-health-care-standards-for/article_c38219e6-e9df-5c96-8608-d0bb3f77a3d6.html
State officials are preparing to write new standards for health care and mental health services in local jails.
The move arises from legislation sent to Gov. Ralph Northam this year during an increased focus on jails in Virginia following the 2015 death of Jamycheal Mitchell in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail. Mitchell, 24, had severe mental health problems and was not transferred from the jail to a state hospital as ordered by Read More
Published Mar 15, 2019 at 6:30 AM | Updated at 1:38 PM EDT on Mar 15, 2019 By The Associated Press NBC Washington https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Virginia-Mental-Health-Centers-to-Offer-Walk-In-Evaluations-507189931.html
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the state’s 40 mental health centers are now all offering walk-in mental evaluations.
Northam said Thursday that a person in need of a mental health assessment can get one at the state’s Community Services Boards without an appointment instead of waiting days or weeks for an appointment.