Mental Health

A different perspective on gun violence and mental health

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Gun Violence & Mental Illness: A Fresh Perspective
In a new essay in the British medical journal The Lancet, Vanderbilt University professor Jonathan M. Metzl attempts to dispel some of the myths surrounding mental disabilities and gun violence. Metzl begins…

Military policy discriminates against servicewomen with PTSD

Wednesday, July 13, 2011This series will showcase three papers from the Fall 2010 Disability in the Law class at the Seattle University School of Law. The class was taught by David Carlson, associate director of legal advocacy for DisAbility Rights Washington. “The

Delaware to overhaul mental health system

Monday, July 11, 2011
News from Delaware
The Department of Justice and the state of Delaware have reached a comprehensive agreement requiring the state to provide an array of new services to ensure people with mental illnesses are not being unnecessarily institutionalized in its…

Mental health problems likely to spike as troops return home

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
News Re U.S. Military
Scientific American, in a feature published June 27, details many of the mental health challenges facing the approximately two million troops who have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. During the past three years, more…

Report looks at misallocation of California’s mental health spending

Tuesday, July 5, 2011An extensive investigation by the Bay Area News Group details the shortcomings of a California proposition designed to increase the state’s mental health services, which have been slashed in recent years. In 2004, California voters approved Proposition 63, which created…

Famed mental illness therapist reveals dark past

Monday, June 27, 2011The New York Times recently profiled the University of Washington’s Marsha M. Linehan, revealing the harrowing journey of a famous psychologist who attempted suicide multiple times before pioneering a new method of teaching patients to accept their mental disabilities. Linehan…

Court slams VA mental health system

Tuesday, May 17, 2011The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, in a 2-1 decision released May 10, called for an overhaul in how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides mental health treatment for soldiers returning from military service. “The VA’s…

“Lessons from deinstitutionalization…”

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
One institution repacing another?
This recent University of Chicago Law School paper examines the parallels of the deinstitutionalization of psychiatric hospitals in the 1960s with the challenges of reversing the U.S.’s ever increasing incarceration rate. From 1880 to 1955, the…

Study documenting torture in Mexican institutions used in immigration case

Thursday, April 14, 2011An Omak woman being held at Tacoma, Washington’s Northwest Detention Center is citing dangerous conditions at Mexican institutions as a legal defense in her deportation proceedings. The woman, who has bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety, is facing the likelihood of…

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