Work in a bipartisan manner to raise the visibility for mental health reforms and find solutions to improve mental health care and delivery of services to those in need.
If a killer roaming America left 47,000 men, women and children dead each year, you can bet society would be demanding something be done to end the scourge.
Well, such a killer exists. It's called suicide, and the rate of it has steadily risen.
Suicide is a human tragedy and a major public health concern, and the National Institutes of Health is deeply committed to bringing the very best science to this critical issue. NIH expenditures on research related to suicide are far more extensive than the USA TODAY analysis implies.
Fighting fires has been compared to the military in another way — the stress that soldiers go through. In fact, a report by the International Association of Firefighters found that firefighters experience PTSD at rates similar to what's seen in combat veterans.
"Mental health care continues to be severely underfunded," said Jon Lehrmann, chair of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
The Trump administration is loosening restrictions to allow states to better treat patients with serious mental illnesses.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar wants states to apply for waivers to allow Medicaid to pay for long term mental health at inpatient facilities. The waivers have previously been used to provide more flexibility on substance use disorders.
Since its inception, the court-ordered intervention has generated controversy. Proponents say it secures the comprehensive care that people with severe mental illnesses might not recognize they need. Yet other health experts question the effectiveness of the intervention and suggest it represents a quick fix in a mental health system that is not adequately serving patients.
When public health officials get wind of an outbreak of Hepatitis A or influenza, they spring into action with public awareness campaigns, monitoring and outreach. But should they be acting with equal urgency when it comes to childhood trauma?
After steadily declining for more than two decades, deadly shootings are rising across the country, according to a new government report.
The researchers also said that the number of suicides involving a firearm grew 21 percent between 2006 and 2016.
Media reports of suicides of high-profile individuals make it easy to believe that suicide is a leading killer of people with serious mental illness. It’s not even close, falling behind largely preventable conditions such as heart disease (10 times higher than suicide), cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
Scientists may have caught a glimpse of what sadness looks like in the brain.