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March 2, 2017

By Chris Aiken, M.D. | Feb. 06, 2017 “You seem like you’re walking on eggshells,” our family therapist told me with a wise nod. The image of cracked eggs under my bare feet was strangely comforting compared to what our family was really going through. We were living with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. Psychiatrists more »

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Depression top cause of disability, strikes young and old

By Stephanie Nebehay Reuters February 23, 2017 GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 4 percent of the world’s population lives with depression, and women, youth and the elderly are the most prone to its disabling effects, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. An estimated 322 million people suffered depressive disorders in 2015, a rise of 18.4 more »

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Hundreds rally at the Capitol for Mental Health Day

March 1, 2017

February 9, 2017 | By Catherine Marfin Nearly 100 people rallied Wednesday afternoon on the south steps of the Texas Capitol as part of Mental Health Day, a day for advocates to push for mental health policy changes. Hosted by the Texas Mental Illness Awareness Coalition, the all-day event began at the Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center more »

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Study: Mentally ill patients experience longer ER waiting times

February 3, 2017

Houston Chronicle | January 5, 2017 BOSTON (AP) — A study of 10 hospitals in Massachusetts found that mentally ill patients taken to emergency rooms for treatment are routinely beset by long waits that could last nearly one full day. The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/2iDIwKL ) the study discovered that patients with mental illness are more »

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Houston police chief urges better mental health care for officers

February 2, 2017

JAN. 14, 2017|BY ALEX SAMUELS Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo said Saturday that the Legislature should increase funding for mental health for police officers, adding this is likely to be a tough issue to tackle ahead of a tight-fisted legislative session. “It’s something that I’m starting the conversation for,” Acevedo said. “Doing this is more »

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