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Legislation To Improve Mental Health Care For Millions Faces Congressional Vote
California Healthline – 11.30.16
Key terms from a mental health bill approved last summer by the House of Representatives have been integrated into the $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures Act. The bill aims to increase drug development and medical research, and provide $1 billion in the next two years for prevention and treatment of opioid addiction. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., a psychologist at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the bill’s author, suggests the legislation has a strong emphasis on science. The bill urges federal agencies to fund programs supported by solid research, gathering data on whether patients actually receive help, and pushing states to provide early intervention for psychosis. Ronald Honberg, national director of policy and legal affairs at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), calls the bill’s mental health provisions “necessary and promising” as “the mental health field has lagged way behind other disciplines in identifying services that really work.” He highlights the bill’s focus on “preventing the most horrific consequences of untreated mental illness,” such as homelessness, incarceration and suicide.
Caltrain Promotes Suicide Crisis Line: ‘Help is just a text away’
The Mercury News – 11.30.16
On Monday, Caltrain will begin promoting the Crisis Text Line with fliers aboard trains and at stations. The service, launched in 2013, connects individuals struggling with suicidal ideation with a counselor and is available to “anyone, anytime, anywhere,” said Mary Gloner, executive director of Project Safety Net. Operating nationwide, the line is run by 2,400 volunteer counselors who provide free, confidential, and 24/7 crisis help via text messaging. The text conversations can last 45 to 60 minutes long, during which time counselors assess the individual’s risk for suicide, provide a space for venting and validation, and help develop a safety plan. Sally Longyear, a Palo Alto community member and advocate, shared her story of loss at a news conference about the partnership on Wednesday. Longyear highlights that “Crisis Text Line will not help every person, but if it can save just one life, someone like Sarah, the world will have one more bright light.”
Teaching Primary School Children About Mental Health
BBC – 12.1.16
The Psychological Trauma of a Multi-Generation War
The Atlantic – 12.1.16
6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education
NPR – 11.29.16
Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It
NPR – 11.28.16
Leaders Must Start Working Together for Children’s Sake
The San Diego Tribune – 11.25.16
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