Monthly Archives: September 2012

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A VA Psychiatrist Shares her Sleepless Nights in a post titled “Preventing Veteran Suicide” by Shaili Jain, MD

I’m pleased to reprint here a blog post from Shaili Jain, MD, a dedicated VA psychiatrist who works at the Palo Alto Veterans Medical Center — who also is a fine writer. In both capacities, she contributes to a new … Continue reading

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The real youth suicide story… from Kaitlin Bell Barnett

Youth Suicide and Medications – What’s the Link? By Kaitlin Bell Barnett To recognize World Suicide Prevention Day, I wanted to post again about the topic of medications, suicide and young people. First, the sad statistics: Worldwide, suicide is the … Continue reading

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National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Launched Today

A way for everyone to be part of the solution…. “Preventing suicide is everyone’s business…it’s time to turn our attention to prevention,” said U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, at the release today of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The … Continue reading

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“It’s About Time”…

A Lethal Inheritance: A Mother Uncovers the Science Behind Three Generations of Mental Illness by Victoria Costello 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful It’s About Time, September 7, 2012 Argh! Where was this book thirty years ago … Continue reading

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A study documents importance of peer support…in recovery

Here’s further proof that peer to peer mutual helping relationships are key to recovery. This study looked at alcoholics and AA — but I submit same is true for any recovery. ScienceDaily (Sep. 6, 2012) — A new study published … Continue reading

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The Truth About Parity

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From the Common Health blog: ‘It would be unthinkable for an insurance company not to approve an immediate hospitalization for a child with acute appendicitis; but it is often true for a child with an acute psychiatric illness.’ Read this … Continue reading

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An Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse, new study reports

This is from the San Jose Mercury News… A study released by The Partnership at Drugfree.org in March showed that 10 percent of American adults, ages 18 and over, consider themselves in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse. The organization’s … Continue reading

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A Father (of a homeless, schizophrenic son) and Former Legislator Realizes the Mistakes Made on Behalf of the Mentally Ill

This is an enlightening and touching story by Paul Gionfriddo – written from the point of view of a father who became a mental health policy expert — that I highly recommend to anyone concerned about how we treat mental … Continue reading

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Being an adoptee, I knew nothing of my history…this greatly hindered my own life and damaged my children because I was unable to help them.

I wanted to share with you all a review of my memoir received on Goodreads by another memoirist and seeker of personal healing, Rhonda Rae. Her comments demonstrate the difficulty of dealing with mental health history for adoptees who are … Continue reading