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How My Depression Made Me A Better State Representative

January 17, 2019

By Michael Schlossberg | Dec. 17, 2018 When I first told the world I suffered from a major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, I miscalculated. I was angry at the time, and I didn’t realize it would actually have a positive impact on me and the people I represent. I’m a full-time elected official. I have the more »

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Training The Community To Recognize And Respond To Crises

By John Giampaolo | Dec. 20, 2018 As a child, I watched my brother struggle for years. Mental health simply wasn’t a topic discussed much in the 1970s and 1980s, and my parents had few resources to turn to for help. I was 21 years old when my brother took his life; I understand firsthand what families go more »

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Mental health is taking a front seat in schools across Virginia

January 16, 2019

By Alexa Doiron Gov. Ralph Northam is pushing for an increase in school counselors with a proposed budget of $36 million, and students in Williamsburg might benefit. “There’s definitely an increase every school year in students seeking help,” said Jennifer Smethurst, a counselor at Jamestown High School. “Things are just getting worse and we’re needing more »

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How Virginia lawmakers plan to help those dealing with mental health issues

RICHMOND, Va. — Legislators proposed recommendations Tuesday to expand Virginia’s mental health services — including “right-sizing” the state hospital system, altering law enforcement training procedures, and providing correctional facilities access to health records. A General Assembly subcommittee will push legislation requiring the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) to “right-size” the state hospital more »

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Virginia wants to help people with mental illness navigate the criminal justice system

December 12, 2018

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Herring remembers the fatal shooting of man in the Gilpin Court housing project last summer because of one characteristic: A transcript of the defendant’s interview with police showed the defendant laughing repeatedly while discussing the crime. But when he watched the police interview video, Herring found the laugh was actually more more »

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