mental health

New York News
1:37 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Legislation Advances To Keep NY Institutions Open

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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New England News
6:20 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Mass. Aims To Reduce Stigma Around Mental Health


Massachusetts will provide $8 million to 22 organizations offering mental and behavioral health services.

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6:30 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Survey Issued On Awareness Of Mental Health Insurance Coverage

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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.

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New England News
3:45 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

MA Providing $8M For Behavioral Health Programs


Massachusetts will provide $8 million to 22 organizations offering mental and behavioral health services.

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.

The AG’s office awarded Pittsfield-based Berkshire Health Systems $500,000 to connect care providers and patients in rural areas.

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12:53 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Peer To Peer Programs Offer Hope To Veterans In Need

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While reflecting on the recent military base shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, 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.

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.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change

  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.

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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Thu February 20, 2014

"The Depths" By Jonathan Rottenberg

    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?

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Best of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Simon Winchester's "The Man With The Electrified Brain"

Part 1

   Simon Winchester has never shied away from big, even enormous, topics—as evidenced by his bestselling biography of the Atlantic Ocean, his account of the Krakatoa volcanic eruption, and his wildly popular The Professor and the Madman, about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Part 2

In his new memoir, The Man with the Electrified Brain, 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.

New England News
4:25 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

1 Year After Newtown, Biden To Boost Mental Health

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is pledging more funding for mental health as the first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting approaches.

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.

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The Roundtable
10:30 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Listener Essay - Recovery Letter

  Beth Manion is a mental health advocate, writer and public speaker whose work focuses on increasing awareness of issues surrounding mental illness.  She is a member of Board of Directors of The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts.