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Parents' military deployment may harm kids' mental health
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Children with a parent on long-term military deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan are at increased risk for mental health problems, new research suggests. In the study, researchers examined the medical records of 307,520 U.S. children, aged 5 to 17, who had at least one parent on active duty in the U.S. Army and received outpatient care between 2003 and 2006. The risk of a mental health problem among the children rose with increased length of parents' deployment. More

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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Behavioral Healthcare    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month began July 1, offering an opportunity to civic leaders and national and local media to spotlight mental health issues affecting African-American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latino and Native American communities. This year's observance comes 10 years after the U.S. Surgeon General published "Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity." More

Doctors are encouraged to offer mental health screening for teens
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Screening teenagers for mental illness should become routine in doctor's offices nationwide, experts from nonprofit TeenScreen said. Under the federal health care reform legislation, mental health screening is listed as a free, preventive care service. However, many doctors may be reluctant to implement screening due to the time it takes, absence of reimbursement for the service or lack of knowledge on how to implement a screening program. More

Some with histories of mental illness petition to get their gun rights back
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Across the country, states are increasingly allowing people who lost their firearm rights because of mental illness to petition to have them restored. A handful of states have had such restoration laws on their books for some time, but more than 20 states have passed similar measures since 2008. This surge can be traced to a law passed by Congress after the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech that was actually meant to make it harder for people with mental illness to get guns. More

Veterans' suicide try an ominous warning sign
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A new study investigates the troubling fact that American veterans who repeatedly attempt suicide suffer significantly greater mortality rates than the general population. The study is the largest follow-up of veterans who attempt suicide. Suicide was the second-leading cause of death among the male veterans, and the leading cause among females, accounting for just over 13 percent of all the deaths in the study cohort. More

Advocate helps imprisoned mentally ill, seeks reforms in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If the new president of an organization that advocates for the mentally ill feels at home in jail, it isn't for the reason you might expect. Bill Kissel, elected to head the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Georgia Chapter, has spent half his life working in correctional health care. This experience make him uniquely qualified to steer NAMI Georgia toward its goal of reducing the number of people with mental illness in Georgia's jails and prisons. More

Covering mental illness in Massachusetts
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If health care costs too much, what do we need to change to get prices under control? This is a very tired, but obviously unresolved, question that gets a lot of attention. But a few services have been squeezed relentlessly throughout the debate. Exhibit A: mental health, one of the great money-losers of medicine and a practice with declining financial support. More

Wisconsin student mental health: 'Need far outweighs resources'
Wisconsin State Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With nearly 1 in 6 students exhibiting mental health problems and fewer specialists to monitor their behavior, Madison, Wis., school and community leaders are launching new efforts to better treat student mental health. The Madison school district is expanding services this fall, and Superintendent Dan Nerad is calling for a task force from the broader community, including health care providers, to review the issue and devise solutions. More

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