December 20, 2019 at 3:36 PM EST – Updated December 20 at 6:22 PM By Sharon Gregory NBC29.com https://www.nbc29.com/2019/12/20/nbc-special-report-suicides-removing-stigma-mental-illness/
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. (WVIR) – The suicide rate is increasing in this country. From 1999 to 2017, the rate increased overall by 33-percent. The statistics are alarmingly clear, but the reasons are complex.
The landscape of mental healthcare in Virginia is changing, and the way society views mental illness is evolving, but slowly. People on the front lines agree: the first step to Read More
Posted December 11, 2019 5:07PM Updated December 11, 2019 5:26PM By Shelby Brown and Vernon Freeman Jr. WTVR https://wtvr.com/2019/12/11/how-this-mental-health-advocate-is-helping-others-find-their-truth/
RICHMOND, Va. — Lauren Hope is no longer ashamed to tell people that once in her life, mental illness drove her to attempt suicide.
CBS 6 first introduced viewers to the VCU graduate and former news reporter a few years ago.
Hope spent years honing her skills as a television news reporter in Lynchburg. From the outside Hope was on top of the world in Read More
Dec. 26, 2019 By Shainna Ali NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/December-2019/6-Ways-You-Can-Help-a-Loved-One-on-Their-Healing-J
Take a moment to consider all the people in your life: your coworkers, friends, family. At any given time, 1 in 5 of these individuals is living with a mental health condition. You may have noticed them struggling, but if you’re not a trained mental health professional, you may not have known how to help.
However, you can help. You can be supportive and encouraging during their mental health journey. Here are a few tips on supporting the mental Read More
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and their families, today announced the appointment of Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. as Chief Executive Officer effective January 21, 2020.
“On behalf of the NAMI Board of Directors, we welcome Mr. Gillison, the incoming CEO for our organization who, with the mission-driven commitment and dedication of NAMI Read More
November 20, 2019, 9:41 AM The Associated Press WTOP https://wtop.com/virginia/2019/11/virginia-psychiatric-hospitals-run-short-on-open-beds/
CATAWBA, Va. (AP) — Data from health officials in Virginia say the state’s psychiatric hospitals have been operating at 90% capacity or higher for the past three years.
The Daily Press reports Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey is seeking nearly $20 million over the next two years, on top of more than $4 million this year, to add 56 beds at Catawba State Hospital.
Mental health subcommittee chairman Read More
Activists have long said that the criminal justice system is not friendly to people with mental illnesses. Arlington County is addressing that problem by establishing a new jail diversion program.
The Department of Human Services is drafting a behavioral health docket that would give people with a diagnosed mental illness the opportunity to receive treatment instead of punishment.Read More