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New survey shows heavy psychological toll for Virginia’s first responders

September 18, 2019

September 10, 2019 By Justin Jouvenal The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/new-survey-shows-heavy-psychological-toll-for-vas-first-responders/2019/09/09/636df99e-d323-11e9-9610-fb56c5522e1c_story.html A first-of-its-kind mental health survey of police, firefighters and 911 call dispatchers in Virginia finds that they experience suicidal thoughts at a rate of more than double the general population and that nearly a quarter suffer from work-related depression. The survey of nearly 4,900 first responders also more »

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More states requiring mental health education

Sept. 3, 2019 By Lucy Hood Education Dive https://www.educationdive.com/news/more-states-requiring-mental-health-education/561250/ When three students in Virginia’s Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) noticed how stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues were affecting many of their peers — and having an impact on their own lives — they didn’t just push through and wait for graduation. The more »

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NAMI Statement On Release Of U.S. Presidential Candidate Positions On Mental Health And Addiction

8/27/2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2019/NAMI-Statement-on-Release-of-U-S-Presidential-Candidate-Positions-on-Mental-Health-and-Addiction Arlington, VA— The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a proud member of Mental Health For US, a nonpartisan, educational coalition elevating mental health and addiction in policy conversations around the country. Today, the coalition released candidate responses to their survey which asked 11 questions addressing mental health, drug overdose, criminal justice reform, equal more »

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What It Feels Like To Be In Psychosis

By Andrea Paquette | Aug. 14, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/August-2019/What-it-Feels-Like-to-be-in-Psychosis I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder with psychotic features when I was 25 years old. My mental health journey unraveled my life to the point where I nearly died. An entire year, spanning most of 2005, drove me entirely out of reality. It remains extremely difficult to explain how something more »

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Supervisors approve state funding for jail mental health pilot

August 14, 2019

July 27, 2019 By Daniel Berti, Times Staff Writer Prince William Times https://www.princewilliamtimes.com/news/supervisors-approve-state-funding-for-jail-mental-health-pilot/article_c7b5210c-b08c-11e9-9c9d-2b8c6eed392b.html Prince William’s Board of County Supervisors voted unanimously to ratify a $351,909 grant to continue a state-funded mental health pilot program at Prince William-Manassas Regional Jail that aims to reduce recidivism among female inmates who suffer from mentally illness. The program is part of a more »

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