TUCSON, Ariz. — With pills in one hand and a bottle of rubbing alcohol in the other, Ernestina Limon attempted suicide for the first time. She was ten years old.
“I got so sick,” Limon said. “We were at church. It was Palm Sunday, and I was lying on the pews, and I got a fever. My parents didn’t know Read More
August 8, 2019 / Modified Aug 8, 2019 12:11 P.M. By Duncan Moon Arizona Public Media https://news.azpm.org/p/news-articles/2019/8/8/156252-mental-illness-not-a-factor-in-mass-violence-group-says/
Following the shootings in Dayton and El Paso, President Trump has made several public statements linking mental illness to gun violence. Mental health advocates have been quick to respond with data that show those struggling with mental illness are no more likely to perpetrate mass violence than those who are not.
Christine Wells, with the Arizona chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Read More
By Revella H. Nesbit, M.Ed., LPC-S, ODCP Jul. 19, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/July-2019/How-to-Keep-People-Engaged-in-Mental-Health-Treatm
Mental illness affects every age group, gender, socio-economic status and culture, yet not all Americans have the same access to proper care. For example, only 20% of Asian Americans with mental illness receive treatment compared to 48% of white adults. And only 56% of African Americans and Latinx adults with serious mental illness receive treatment compared to 71% of white adults.
That’s why National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008: to help increase awareness Read More
By Lisa Dixon, M.D. Aug. 02, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/August-2019/Study-Shows-NAMI-Homefront-Helps-Veteran-Family-Me
It’s no secret that the transition from war to civilian life is not easy for service members or their families. Add mental illness, and the already difficult experience can become a debilitating one. Unfortunately, this situation is very common.
A 2014 study showed that nearly one out of four active duty service members showed signs of a mental health condition. Another study in 2008 found that about 20% of returning service members from Iraq or Afghanistan report experiencing Read More
June 24, 2019 Guest Columnist EfficientGov https://efficientgov.com/blog/2019/06/24/mental-health-first-aid-quick-take-giving-first-care/
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the economic impact of serious mental health illness is a loss of $193.2 billion each year in the U.S. A Mental Health First Aid USA training on June 14, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona, addressed the stigma of mental health disorders through interactive activities, videos and lecture and provided training in how to assist those suffering from mental illness.
“The Wall Street Journal calls Mental Health First Aid a fast-growing program that Read More
By Chase Hunter B. | 07/08/19 5:46am The State Press https://www.statepress.com/article/2019/07/mental-health-crisis-training-asu-police-department-community
After receiving numerous 911 calls, Officer Becky Garcia arrived to see an ASU student “making threats” on campus in a “manic state,” she said. Four officers surrounded the student, then Garcia recognized him and called out his name.
The situation de-escalated quickly after and the other officers backed off. Helping the student focus on her, Garcia pieced together that he was not taking his prescribed medication for his mental illness.
During her Read More