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 Ray Graf hosts.
May is nationally recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, and mental health advocates in the Berkshires are becoming involved to educate the public about the resources available for those living with mental illness.
As part of a way to draw attention to mental illness is his local community, North Adams mayor Richard Alcombright recently called together a discussion with mental health professionals and representatives of area mental health service providers.
"Really what we wanted do this week was to get out some awareness and get it going," said Alcombright.
On Friday, actors from the Royal Berkshire Improve Troupe portraying real-life mental health crisis situations helped train law enforcement officers from across Western Massachusetts.
Organized by the Berkshire County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the unscripted role-playing designed to increase an officer’s confidence in handling a call involving individuals with mental illness, comes after a 40 hr training course the officers participated in to recognize and deal with mental health crises.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are reviewing mental health care following the Newtown school shooting, even though they and the public have little insight into what might have been ailing the 20-year-old gunman.
A prosecutor says he cannot release any information about Adam Lanza's mental health because of state conduct rules for attorneys.
His office is reviewing whether details of Lanza's mental state can be released to the public after the police report is completed, possibly in June.
Prior to his State of the Commonwealth address earlier this week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick outlined a comprehensive public safety plan which aside from new gun laws, included a significant increase in funding for the state’s Department of Mental Health.
Next week Governor Deval Patrick will propose a 3.3% increase in funding in the state budget for mental health programs. The $5 million dollar boost to the state’s Department of Mental Health is intended to focus on public safety, following recent mass shootings.
The new firearms limitations passed in New York State include provisions that restrict those with mental illnesses from gun ownership. While mental health advocates don’t have a problem with tightening the state’s gun laws, they are concerned that the mental health clauses could inadvertently create more problems.