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
By Amy Willer | Jun. 24, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/June-2019/Responding-to-Bipolar-Psychotic-Symptoms
A first experience with psychosis can be terrifying, exhilarating, disorienting or feel just plain ordinary. Sometimes it can seem ordinary because it was your reality for a while. Your senses and brain colluded to fabricate something that wasn’t actually there. It certainly felt real, though.
For example, during my first psychotic break, it felt as though my cognitive abilities had reduced to that of a toddler. I couldn’t understand what people said to me, and I Read More
NAMI, along with other prominent mental health and addiction organizations, launched Mental Health for US: a nonpartisan educational coalition aimed at elevating mental health issues on the 2020 campaign trail. The coalition is dedicated to uniting Americans to call for bipartisan support and systematic change through grassroots activation.Read More
Jun 7, 2019 By Graison Dangor Arizona Daily Sun https://azdailysun.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/legal-promise-of-equal-mental-health-treatment-often-falls-short/article_0dcaa270-c434-5370-a722-1011913fbcf0.html
Amanda Bacon’s eating disorder was growing worse. She had lost 60% of her body weight and was consuming about 100 calories a day.
But that wasn’t sick enough for her Medicaid managed-care company to cover an inpatient treatment program. She was told in 2017 that she would have to weigh 10 pounds less — putting her at 5-foot-7 and 90 pounds — or be admitted to a psychiatric unit.Read More
May 30, 2019 By Jaime Cerreta AZfamily.com https://www.azfamily.com/shows/good_morning_arizona/phoenix-company-embraces-mental-health-in-the-workplace/article_24528380-82ef-11e9-978c-832a54cf72ef.html
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and one Phoenix entrepreneur is embracing mental health in the workplace.
Robert Maynard is bi-polar and calls his disorder his superpower.