Tag: Policy and Advocacy

Podcast: How Money Impacts Mental Illness

“It’s so hard to get help with mental illness if you have no money, and that’s not ok.” – Michelle Hammer Highlights from ‘Money and Mental Illness’ Episode [1:00] How does money impact people with mental illness? [3:00] Michelle’s epiphany on the subway. [5:30] The difference between mental health and physical health. [9:30] Insurance and […]

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Podcast: Policing and Mental Illness: A Better Approach

SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Guest information for ‘Policing and Crisis Intervention Training’ Podcast Episode Officer Rebecca Skillern, senior trainer within the mental health division of the Houston Police Department, joins as a special guest to explain police protocol in answering crisis emergencies and what people with schizophrenia and their loved ones should do when an episode […]

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Your Insurance Company Doesn’t Want You to Access Mental Health Care

If your health insurance company cared about your access to mental health treatment, naturally they would work hard to ensure their databases are up-to-date and as close to 100 percent accurate at all times. After all, it’s not difficult to do; I can think of at least a half-dozen inexpensive methods to do it. But […]

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Suicide Rates Are Rising, But Nobody Really Knows Why

So why this significant rise in the suicide rate? Thoughts of suicide are usually a serious, often un-diagnosed symptom of clinical depression. For some, these thoughts turn into devising a plan and even making an attempt. People who die by suicide are usually suffering from depression and aren’t getting adequate — or in some cases, […]

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Growing Beyond Labels: We are Not Simply a Disorder

Human beings are complicated and wonderfully complex organisms. So complicated, in fact, that our basic understanding of the brain’s functions is still at its earliest stages. We think we might know a person once we hear a label. “Oh, she’s an accountant.” “He went to Harvard.” “Yeah, I know, she has schizophrenia.” As though that […]

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The Inpatient Drug Rehab Industry Is Still Failing

The inpatient drug rehab industry created its own problem. Led by the biggest names in the industry, such as American Addiction Centers, some of the marketing practices these companies engaged in online were always questionable. Just a year after I wrote this expose’ of some of the shady practices of Recovery Brands, as well as […]

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Can a Single TV Show Influence a Presidential Election?

We know from past social psychology research that television shows can and do have an impact on voter attitudes. Research conducted in 2005 by Matthew Baum and another study conducted in 2010 (Parkin, 2010) demonstrated that “when presidential candidates appear on televised comedy shows, they are able to have an unusual impact on otherwise disengaged […]

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In Order to Have a Good Death, Doctors Need to Stop Doctoring So Much

I was listening to “Fresh Air” on NPR yesterday with Terry Gross speaking to bioethicist Tia Powell about having a good death with dementia, among other topics. It made me think of my own dad’s recent death, and whether we provided him with a good death or not. My dad died late last year. We […]

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