June 18, 2020
By Elizabeth Lawrence
Kaiser Health News
Before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the United States, Chris Trondsen felt his life was finally in control. As someone who has battled obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other mental health issues since early childhood, it’s been a long journey.
“I’ve been doing really, really well,” Trondsen said. “I felt like most of it was pretty much—I wouldn’t say ‘cured’—but I definitely felt in remission or under control.more » Read More
June 18, 2020
By Ariane Datil
RICHMOND, Va. — Rodney Robinson, the 2019 National Teacher of the Year, said he believes the presence of Student Resource Officers in Virginia schools is feeding the school to prison pipeline. Now, he’s calling on the Virginia General Assembly to reallocate that funding to provide more counselors in schools.
“They’re handing out criminal charges for something as simple as a school fight,”more » Read More
July 6, 2020
By Kylie M. Smith, Ph.D.
People with mental illness have always been discriminated against. They have been denied full participation in society and labeled as dangerous and criminal. Many have been locked in institutions that acted more like prisons designed to punish than hospitals designed to treat.
In the 1960s, a series of federal legislation and court cases tried to end this discrimination. In the process,more » Read More
This Minority Mental Health Month, NAMI is Raising Awareness About Mental Health in Underrepresented Communities
Arlington, VA — NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has the goal of raising awareness about mental health care in underrepresented communities. Our culture, beliefs, sexual identity, values, race and language all affect how we perceive and experience mental health conditions. In fact, cultural differences can influence what treatments, coping mechanisms and supports work for us. It is essential for culture and identity to be a part of the conversation about mental health care.more » Read More
May 6, 2020
By Cory Smith and Iris Vukmanovic
African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, and experts are concerned about the long-term mental health effects the virus will have on communities of color – and one Virginia doctor is trying to do something about it.
Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, founder of the AAKOMA Project, teamed up with the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation to provide free virtual mental health treatments to help underserved communities in Northern Virginia.more » Read More
Jun 3, 2020
By Ana Ley
I’ve had clients who are afraid to eat because they’re afraid that there’s some virus in the food.
They were getting dizzy, going to the hospital having all kinds of low things in their blood because they haven’t been eating. Just terrified.
I’ve had clients who haven’t been outside in two months because of their anxiety.
Also, I see a lot of military people restricted from going further than 50 miles away from Virginia Beach and Norfolk.more » Read More