DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s one of the biggest challenges for police: officers forced to take on the role of a mental health professional. It’s happening more and more often in Iowa with prisons serving as mental health facilities, and that might be the easiest place to get treatment.
The Iowa Department of Human Services says there are 740 public and private inpatient beds across Iowa. They also say on average, 60 beds are open and ready for patients on any Read More
One of our fellow mental health advocacy groups, Mental Health America, recently issued its State of Mental Health Care in America report, based on data from 2014. About a week before the general election, the governor’s office pounced on this report and widely distributed a press release, stating that Iowa’s overall ranking had moved from 13th to 7th in the nation with respect to a combination of 15 measures. The premise is that states Read More
Advocates for people with severe mental illness say the mental health training doesn’t address the most dire needs.
A bill that would expand a program aimed at training ordinary people to recognize and intercede when they see signs of mental health issues in others is raising concerns among critics who say it takes Read More
I previously shared my truth about my battle with depression and self-injury in a piece I wrote titled “An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health.” Not only did I openly share my experiences with depression, but I urged other black women to break away from the cultural stigma surrounding mental illness, to rid themselves of the weight that comes with carrying the “strong black woman” title and to seek professional treatment for Read More
Michael Jackson, Amanda Bynes, Britney Spears — speculating about celebrity mental health sagas is nothing new. The latest newsmaker is rapper Kanye West: West canceled remaining stops on his “Saint Pablo” tour after a recent series of outbursts while performing; he was later taken to a Los Angeles hospital. TMZ reported Tuesday that West suffers from “temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration.”
The incident sparked chatter about his state of mind, culminating with the #prayforkanye hashtag trending on Twitter.
West’s Read More
I am that “Christmas” person. As soon as the clock strikes November 1st, my gift list is ready, holiday plans are in full swing and I go all in on holiday decorating. Every year, it seems as if this holiday rush starts earlier and earlier and gets bigger and bigger. This is a happy time full of friends, family and joyful gatherings, but this time of year is also difficult for many people.
The National Institute of Mental Health talks about Read More