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Focus on What Works in the Debate About Mental Health and Policing

September 10, 2020

Aug 28, 2020 By Octavio N. Martinez Jr. UT News https://news.utexas.edu/2020/08/28/focus-on-what-works-in-the-debate-about-mental-health-and-policing/ All too often fear is what tips the balance between a life that sees the light of another day and one that ends violently. The fear stems from opposing forces — the individual suffering from severe mental illness who may be experiencing psychosis and more »

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Pandemic’s Emotional Hammer Hits Hard

Sep 2, 2020 By Rhitu Chatterjee Texas Public Radio https://www.tpr.org/post/pandemics-emotional-hammer-hits-hard Nearly a quarter of people in the United States are experiencing symptoms of depression, according to a study published Wednesday. That’s nearly three times the number before the COVID-19 pandemic began. And those with a lower income, smaller savings and people severely affected by the pandemic — more »

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How Early Intervention Impacted My Life

Aug 26, 2020 By Katharine Hartleb NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/August-2020/How-Early-Intervention-Impacted-My-Life I remember the first time I experienced the feeling of not being able to get out of bed. Not because I was too tired, but because I was too sad. It was during a time in my life when I was coping with a lot: My parents more »

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U.S. Senate Passes The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Improvement Act

8/7/2020 NAMI https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/U-S-Senate-Passes-the-Commander-John-Scott-Hannon-Veterans-Mental-Health-Improvement-Act On August 5th, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, S. 785, bipartisan legislation focused on efforts to reduce veteran suicide and improve mental health outcomes through improved access to care, better diagnostic tools and increased oversight of VA programs.  

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Texas program’s new response to mental health-related 911 calls changing ‘how people look at policing’

August 11, 2020

July 20, 2020 By Hunter Davis Fox News https://www.foxnews.com/us/texas-program-changing-the-way-mental-health-911-calls-are-handled-this-is-changing-the-way-people-look-at-police-officers DALLAS, Texas – In the wake of the death of George Floyd, police officers are part of a national conversation. Calls demanding the defunding of police emerged from protests following the death of Floyd, a Black man who was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police in May.

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