Mental Health

Activist Spotlight: Sam Dylan Finch – Educator, Editor, Storyteller, and Musician

Friday, February 9, 2018Sam Dylan Finch got his start in activism after he survived a suicide attempt at age eighteen. He began by performing music he wrote about mental illness, stigma, and abuse at local rallies. “I found that, by being visible

Caring for My Mental Health Through the Beautifully Complex Intersections of My Existence

Tuesday, October 10, 2017“If you get an emotional support dog, you’ll just be taking away from people who really need help,” said my dad to me over the phone because he couldn’t understand why his child was so successful but complaining about be…

We Need to Stop Stigmatizing Mental Illness

Wednesday, September 27, 2017Trigger warning: this post discusses mental illness and suicide. “How come when people have mental damage, it’s always an active imagination? How come every other organ in your body can get sick and you get sympathy, except the brain?” – 

How the Positivity Only Movement Has a Negative Impact on the Disability Community

Thursday, February 23, 2017In September of 2012 I was young, hopelessly optimistic, and terrified of the implications two newly diagnosed autoimmune diseases would have on my existence. Having already been diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 18, I knew that this would be a…

Settlement reached in foster care, mental health case

Monday, October 3, 2011California will be required to overhaul its system for providing mental health services for foster care children under a preliminary settlement announced by the state and disability advocacy groups Wednesday.
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The settlement, expected to be approved…

NPR: “We have criminalized mental illness”

Monday, September 12, 2011National Public Radio recently ran a feature documenting the high costs of America’s continuous practice of locking up large numbers of people with mental disabilities.
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NPR interviewed Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman, who is creating…

Feds looking into Mississippi’s mental health system

Monday, September 12, 2011
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The Department of Justice is investigating Mississippi’s system for providing services for people with mental disabilities. In two visits thus far, federal officials have toured the state’s Department of Mental Health programs, community mental health centers and…

9th Circuit takes broad reading of mental health parity law

Tuesday, September 6, 2011Reversing a trial court decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled August 26 that Blue Shield of California must cover treatment for all “medically necessary treatments” relating to mental disabilities on par with physical disabilities under…

Thousands of veterans with PTSD to receive new disability benefits

Wednesday, August 10, 2011The National Veterans Legal Services Program announced July 29 an agreement with the U.S. military to provide benefits to more than 2,000 veterans afflicted with post traumatic stress disorder during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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