mental health

Senator Chris Murphy
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A comprehensive health bill is headed to President Obama after the Senate approved it 94-5 Wednesday. Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, crafted the mental health portion of the 21st Century Cures Act

A live reading, Suicide Imprint, will be presented at the Rosendale Theatre on November 15th as part of the New Work Forum series (in which audience members receive free admission in exchange for their feedback). The reading is by seven women who participated in a writing workshop for suicide survivors (people who had lost someone they loved to suicide) and individuals who had attempted suicide.

Next Tuesday night the group will come together to transform a fearful, taboo subject into knowledge and life experience that can be shared and understood. The first-person accounts they present are a moving testimony to what it is to lose a loved one, or to almost lose oneself.

We welcome Maureen Cummins, a visual artist and writer whose current work, including her book-in-progress, explores the gendered history of “mental health” in America; Beverly Donofrio, the author of Riding in Cars with Boys, Looking for Mary, and Astonished; and Denise Ranaghan who has been working in the mental health field for 16 years. She is the director of Wellness Services at Mental Health Association in Ulster county and is the author of Institutional Eyes; A Childhood Revisited in the Military.

Joseph LeDoux, world-renowned expert on the neurobiology of fear and anxiety, will discuss his new book, Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety on Tuesday, September 27 at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, on the University at Albany’s uptown campus. Earlier that same day at 4:15 p.m., the author will hold an informal seminar in the Standish Room, Science Library on the uptown campus.

The events are sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute and the Science Library of the University at Albany Libraries.

  Ariel Leve is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Guardian, Financial Times Magazine, the Telegraph, the Observer, and the London Sunday Times Magazine, where she was a senior writer and a columnist.

Ariel Leve grew up in Manhattan with an eccentric mother she describes as “a poet, an artist, a self-appointed troublemaker and attention seeker.” Leve learned to become her own parent, taking care of herself and her mother’s needs. There would be uncontrolled, impulsive rages followed with denial, disavowed responsibility, and then extreme outpourings of affection. How does a child learn to feel safe in this topsyturvy world of conditional love?

She writes about her life and her mother in he memoir, An Abbreviated Life.

U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Bill Cassidy took part in the mental health summit Thursday.
Twitter: @ChrisMurphyCT

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy helped to convene a mental health summit today in support of bipartisan legislation he is sponsoring that’s aimed at addressing the issue.

Senator Chris Murphy
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  Not much is getting through Congress this year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that a mental health bill he’s working on could be the exception.

Skidmore Students Rally For Mental Health

May 4, 2016

Skidmore College students are demanding more resources for mental health on the Saratoga Springs campus.

This is a picture of North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
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The city of North Adams is marking May 1 to May 7 as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The nationally-recognized week seeks to increase public knowledge of the challenges children and their families face.

  All her life, Emily has felt different from other kids. Between therapist visits, sudden uncontrollable bursts of anger, and unexplained episodes of dizziness and loss of coordination, things have always felt not right. For years, her only escape was through the stories she’d craft about herself and the world around her. But it isn’t until a near-fatal accident when she’s twelve years old that Emily and her family discover the truth: a grapefruit sized benign brain tumor at the base of her skull.

In her memoir, All Better Now, Emily Wing Smith chronicles her struggles with both mental and physical disabilities during her childhood, the devastating accident that may have saved her life, and the means by which she coped with it all: writing.

  Award-winning journalist and author Nancy Jo Sales is the featured keynote speaker at The Woodstock Writers Festival this year. Her latest book is American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teen­agers. She will be in conversation with Carla Goldstein, Omega Institute’s chief external affairs officer and co-founder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center.

The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media and Sales captures what it feels like to be a girl in America today. She crisscrossed the country, speaking to more than two hundred girls, ages thirteen to nineteen, and documenting a massive change in the way girls are growing up, a phenomenon that transcends race, geography, and household income.

American Girls provides a disturbing portrait of the end of childhood as we know it and of the inexorable and ubiquitous experience of a new kind of adolescence—one dominated by new social and sexual norms, where a girl’s first crushes and experiences of longing and romance occur in an accelerated electronic environment.

  Mental health groups say they are being left out of a massive reshuffling of the state’s Medicaid program, and that people with mental illness transitioning back to their communities will suffer.

  Dr. Joseph Annibali has treated thousands of people with overloaded, over-stimulated brains. Some people describe their brain as being "in chaos"; others feel that their brain is "on fire." But whether they are ultimately diagnosed with "normal" anxiety, disabling OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, or even substance abuse, the underlying problem – according to our next guest - is a Too-Busy-Brain, a great irritant that interferes with attention, concentration, focus, mood, and often much more.

Dr. Annibali says it may even be a sign of undetected damage to either the brain or the body itself. But he believes through practical strategies and prescriptive mind-management techniques it is possible to reclaim their brains and get back in control of their lives. His new book is Reclaim Your Brain.

Senator Chris Murphy
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  Experts agree that mental health services in this country are lacking.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what he’d like to do about it.

New York's top court says a mentally ill patient involuntarily sent to a psychiatric hospital has a common law right to challenge detention once the court order for treatment expires. 

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Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. is in the midst of a $4.5 million overhaul of its mental health units.

  In The Anxiety Toolkit, Dr. Alice Boyes translates powerful, evidence-based tools used in therapy clinics into tips and tricks you can employ in everyday life.

Whether you have an anxiety disorder, or are just anxiety-prone by nature, you'll discover how anxiety works, strategies to help you cope with common anxiety 'stuck' points and a confidence that - anxious or not - you have all the tools you need to succeed in life and work.

  Stanford psychiatrist Dr. Irvin Yalom has practiced in the area of group psychotherapy for over 50 years, and often writes about his personal experiences with his patients.

In his new book Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy, he deals with questions of mortality, from his work with terminally ill patients to his own fear of dying.

He joins us to talk about his career as a psychotherapist and what he's learned from his patients in the process. 

Rockland Launches Behavorial Health Response Team

Apr 1, 2015
Courtesy of the Office of the Rockland County Executive

A county in the Hudson Valley has its first mobile mental health crisis team.

  When ADHD first appeared in the DSM in 1987, 3 percent of U.S. children were thought to have the disorder. By 2000, the number increased to 7 percent. In 2014 that number jumped to an alarming 11 percent of children and 15 percent of high school students. Two-thirds of these children are on medication. In contrast, in countries like France, Finland, the UK and Japan, the number is a half of one percent, and far fewer children taking medication.

In the new book: A Disease Called Childhood: Why ADHD Became an American Epidemic, Dr. Marilyn Wedge brings together the latest developments in neuroscience and clinical research, a history of big pharma and psychiatry, and cultural studies of educational systems around the world.

  In Running from Crazy , Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, strives for a greater understanding of her family history of suicide and mental illness. As tragedies are explored and deeply hidden secrets are revealed, Mariel searches for a way to overcome a similar fate. The documentary is directed by Barbara Kopple.

The Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA will present a community event on suicide, stigma and mental illness at The Mahaiwe on March 28th at 2pm featuring a screening of the film, and a roundtable discussion on mental health with Mariel Hemingway; James L. Sacksteder MD (Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center); Jane G. Tillman PhD (Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center); and Kelley Vickery, Founder and Executive Director of the Berkshire International Film Festival.

Two New York congressmen are co-sponsors of a bill to fund mental health services in schools.

Joining us today on Vox Pop - Dr. Jennifer Michaels of The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Berkshire Medical Center is here to discuss mental health and substance abuse issues for the latest edition of Medical Monday. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

  Charles Darwin developed his evolutionary theories by looking at physical differences in Galapagos finches and fancy pigeons. Alfred Russell Wallace investigated a range of creatures in the Malay Archipelago. Laurel Braitman got her lessons closer to home—by watching her dog. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see, ate Ziploc bags, towels, and cartons of eggs. He suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Her experience with Oliver forced Laurel to acknowledge a form of continuity between humans and other animals that, first as a biology major and later as a PhD student at MIT, she’d never been taught in school. Nonhuman animals can lose their minds. And when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness.

  The Center for Motivation & Change 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.

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. Beyond Addiction 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.

Dr. Carrie Wilkens joins us to tell us more.

  Psychiatrist Stephen Seager was no stranger to locked psych wards when he accepted a job at California’s Gorman State hospital, known locally as “Gomorrah,” but nothing could have prepared him for what he encountered when he stepped through its gates, a triple sally port behind the twenty-foot walls topped with shining coils of razor wire. 

8/12/14 Panel

Aug 12, 2014

  Today's panelists are Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, Legislative Director of NYPIRG, Blair Horner and tech attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP, Rich Honen.

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Maliki Standoff
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St. Louis Teen Death Anger
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    The Mental Health Foundation will honor award-winning TV journalist Bob Woodruff at its annual August Evening in Saratoga, Monday August 18 at the Saratoga National Golf Course.

Woodruff, whose miraculous recovery from traumatic brain injury suffered while on assignment for ABC TV in Iraq in 2006, will be recognized for his outstanding work with the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The Bob Woodruff Foundation helps returning veterans address their life challenges, including mental health issues.

    Although we have bandages for cuts, chicken soup for colds, and ice packs for bruises, most of us have no idea how to treat day-to-day emotional injuries such as failure, rejection, guilt, and loss.

But these kinds of emotional injuries often get worse when left untreated and can significantly impact our quality of life and cause damage to our emotional wellbeing.

Guy Winch, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, keynote speaker, and author. His most recent book is Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt and Other Everday Psychological Injuries.

    Much is written about psychiatry, but very little that describes psychiatry itself. Why should there be such a need? For good or ill, psychiatry is a polemical battleground, criticized on the one hand as an instrument of social control, while on the other the latest developments in neuroscience are trumpeted as lasting solutions to mental illness.

Which of these strikingly contrasting positions should we believe? In Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry, Tom Burns reviews the historical development of psychiatry, throughout alert to where psychiatry helps, and where it is imperfect. What is clear is that mental illnesses are intimately tied to what makes us human in the first place. and the drive to relieve the suffering they cause is even more human.

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.

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.

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