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News: February 2014

Rep. Tarr Introduces Mental Health First Aid Legislation

February 28, 2014
Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) proposed legislation to authorize the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to administer a Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training program and accompanying grants. Youth Mental Health First Aid training teaches trainees to detect...
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Police, citizens suffer from lack of mental health beds

February 28, 2014
Twenty one percent of adult Oklahomans — 700,000-950,000 individuals — reported having a mental health issue during the past year, according to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Mental illnesses includes major depression, major anxiety disorders, bipolar...
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Donnelly Discusses Bill That Would Help Hoosier Veterans

February 27, 2014
To strengthen mental health efforts for veterans, the bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish an education and support program to educate and train family members and caregivers of veterans on different mental health disorders. This would...
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Soapbox: Parents, talk to your kids about suicide

February 27, 2014
This month we learned of the tragic deaths of two Colorado high school students who attended Douglas County High School, and it seems long ago when we in Larimer County enjoyed a school year without a youth suicide. Link to...
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Mental health has more awareness today to combat stigma

February 27, 2014
The topic of mental health has become more open and knowledgeable as the public learns about mental illness and substance abuse. Mike Deal, executive director of the Southwest Behavioral Health Center explains in a KCSG Community Window interview the purpose...
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Federal report condemns use of solitary confinement for mentally ill prisoners in Pa

February 27, 2014
Although hundreds of prisoners with mental illness remain in solitary confinement, sometimes for extended periods of time, prison leaders are improving mental health treatment and disciplinary policy to more humanely treat their mentally ill populations. Link to Source
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