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Celebrating Tim

By Paul Gionfriddo

There are half a million homeless people with serious mental illnesses in desperate need of help yet underserved or ignored by our health and social-service systems. That number can seem overwhelming, but for me, it’s all about one person: my son Tim.

In Response to the WSJ Op-Ed: Mentally Ill, Drink a Smoothie

By Debbie Plotnick, MSS MLSP

Dear E. Fuller Torrey and Doris Fuller:

Early Saturday morning, I saw the op-ed that you both authored which ran in the Wall Street Journal. 

It pretty much was all I could think of over the weekend. At first I was very, very angry. This was because it hurt me personally, as a family member, as a mental health advocate, and as a social worker.

Kansas City Gets it Right

By Andrea Blanch, Ph.D. and David Shern, Ph.D.

New Thinking on Mental Illness Diagnoses

By David Shern, Ph.D. and Andrea Blanch, Ph.D.

In a recent New York Times Op-ed, T.M. Luhrmann expands on a recent paper by the British Psychological Association on redefining mental illness.  She makes several important points about mental health symptoms and our strategies for addressing them.

Doing well by doing good

By David Shern, Ph.D. and Andrea Blanch, Ph.D.

Whenever doing the right thing and doing the smart thing coincide, it increases the chances that something will happen. Elsewhere, we have presented data demonstrating that investments in prevention, especially in early childhood, have lifelong positive impact. They also save money. Econometric models by the Washington State Institute of Public Policy estimate that these prevention programs save many more dollars than they cost. They are smart public investments as well as the ‘right’ thing to do.

Treatment is Prevention: An Argument for Trauma-Informed Mental Health Treatment

By Andrea Blanch, Ph.D. and David Shern, Ph.D.

Measles, Vaccinations and Prevention in Behavioral Health: Do We have “Behavioral Health Vaccines”?

By David Shern, Ph.D. and Andrea Blanch, Ph.D.

Precision Medicine, Mental Disorders and Toxic Stress

By Andrea Blanch, Ph.D. and David Shern, Ph.D.

As Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health wrote in a recent blog, precision medicine is a hot new topic in the research world. The basic idea is simple: Get the “right treatment at the right time to the right person” by addressing the underlying cause of the disorder, not the symptoms. In practice, accomplishing this goal may be a bit more complicated. 

Bring Back the Asylum?

By Paul Gionfriddo

The JAMA headline is pretty sensational: Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum.  And the article itself is generating a lot of discussion and debate.

But headlines can be misleading.  As the authors write:

Compassion, Safety, and Rights

By Patrick Hendry, Vice President of Consumer Advocacy, Mental Health America

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