mental health http://wamc.org en Legislation Advances To Keep NY Institutions Open http://wamc.org/post/legislation-advances-keep-ny-institutions-open <p>New York's Senate has approved legislation to postpone for two years Cuomo administration plans to close state institutions for the disabled and mentally ill, prompting an outcry from advocates of more community-based services.</p><p>The bill, which has also cleared the Assembly Mental Health Committee, would postpone closures and consolidations of facilities operated by the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities until April 1st, 2017.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:37:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 92901 at http://wamc.org Mass. Aims To Reduce Stigma Around Mental Health http://wamc.org/post/mass-aims-reduce-stigma-around-mental-health <p><a href="http://www.mass.gov/ago/about-the-attorney-generals-office/community-programs/ago-grants/behavioral-health-grant.html" target="_blank">Massachusetts will provide $8 million to 22 organizations</a> offering mental and behavioral health services.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:20:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 91079 at http://wamc.org Mass. Aims To Reduce Stigma Around Mental Health Survey Issued On Awareness Of Mental Health Insurance Coverage http://wamc.org/post/survey-issued-awareness-mental-health-insurance-coverage <p></p><p></p><p>May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The American Psychological Association has issued a survey on people’s awareness of a 2008 law that requires insurance companies to provide coverage for mental and behavioral health coverage. Wed, 21 May 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 91004 at http://wamc.org Survey Issued On Awareness Of Mental Health Insurance Coverage MA Providing $8M For Behavioral Health Programs http://wamc.org/post/ma-providing-8m-behavioral-health-programs <p>Massachusetts will provide $8 million to 22 organizations offering mental and behavioral health services.</p><p>State Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office announced the Behavioral Health Grant program Tuesday. In a statement, Coakley says part of the effort is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and substance abuse.</p><p>The AG’s office awarded Pittsfield-based <a href="http://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/" target="_blank">Berkshire Health Systems</a> $500,000 to connect care providers and patients in rural areas.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:45:12 +0000 Jim Levulis 90893 at http://wamc.org MA Providing $8M For Behavioral Health Programs Peer To Peer Programs Offer Hope To Veterans In Need http://wamc.org/post/peer-peer-programs-offer-hope-veterans-need <p></p><p><a href="http://wamc.org/post/area-congressmen-share-thoughts-fort-hood-attack">While reflecting on the recent military base shooting at Fort Hood, Texas</a>, New York Congressman and retired army colonel Chris Gibson said one of the most important services provided to veterans suffering from mental illness is a peer-to-peer program.</p><p></p><p>WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency Officer Frank McClement and Peer to Peer Coordinator Amy Hughes on services available to service men and women.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:53:46 +0000 Lucas Willard 87527 at http://wamc.org Peer To Peer Programs Offer Hope To Veterans In Need Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change http://wamc.org/post/beyond-addiction-how-science-and-kindness-help-people-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.motivationandchange.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Center for Motivation &amp; Change</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a unique, private group practice of dedicated clinicians and researchers in New York City specializing in the treatment of substance use and compulsive behaviors.</span></p><p>The most innovative leaders in progressive addiction treatment in the US offer a groundbreaking, science-based guide to helping loved ones overcome addiction problems and compulsive behaviors. <em>Beyond Addiction</em> eschews the theatrics of interventions and tough love to show family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help their loved ones change.</p><p>Dr. Carrie Wilkens joins us to tell us more.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85016 at http://wamc.org Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change "The Depths" By Jonathan Rottenberg http://wamc.org/post/depths-jonathan-rottenberg <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly every depressed person is assured by doctors, well-meaning friends and family, the media, and ubiquitous advertisements that the underlying problem is a chemical imbalance. Such a simple defect should be fixable, yet despite all of the resources that have been devoted to finding a pharmacological solution, depression remains stubbornly widespread. Why are we losing this fight?</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 84243 at http://wamc.org "The Depths" By Jonathan Rottenberg Best of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Simon Winchester's "The Man With The Electrified Brain" http://wamc.org/post/best-2013-non-fiction-simon-winchesters-man-electrified-brain <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.simonwinchester.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Simon Winchester</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has never shied away from big, even enormous, topics—as evidenced by his bestselling biography of the Atlantic Ocean, his account of the </span>Krakatoa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> volcanic eruption, and his wildly popular </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Professor and the Madman</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary.</span></p><p></p><p>In his new memoir, <em>The Man with the Electrified Brain</em>, he takes on arguably his most daunting subject yet: his own flirtation with madness, and one of nature’s greatest and most enduring mysteries, the human brain.</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 72940 at http://wamc.org Best of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Simon Winchester's "The Man With The Electrified Brain" 1 Year After Newtown, Biden To Boost Mental Health http://wamc.org/post/1-year-after-newtown-biden-boost-mental-health <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is pledging more funding for mental health as the first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting approaches.</p><p>The White House says $100 million will become available to increase access and quality of mental health services. Biden will announce the funds Tuesday when he meets with relatives of Newtown victims at the White House.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:25:07 +0000 Jim Levulis 79551 at http://wamc.org 1 Year After Newtown, Biden To Boost Mental Health Listener Essay - Recovery Letter http://wamc.org/post/listener-essay-recovery-letter <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Beth Manion is a&nbsp;mental health advocate, writer and public speaker whose work focuses on increasing awareness of issues surrounding&nbsp;mental illness.&nbsp; She is a member of Board of Directors of&nbsp;The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:30:00 +0000 Beth Manion 77072 at http://wamc.org