mental health

Education
10:42 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Mental health pioneer advocates early intervention

Dr. William McFarlane will address NAMI Lansing’s Mental Illness Awareness Week on Thursday.
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According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 40-percent of adults with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression received no treatment in the previous year. This comes at an enormous cost to the sufferers and their families, as well as to society at large, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars annually.

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Health
1:27 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

UM researchers developing app for bipolar disorder

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In a world where there seems to be an app for anything and everything, smartphone technology may now be expanding into the realm of mental health treatment. A team of University of Michigan researchers is developing a smartphone app that would help people living with bipolar disorder.

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Health
2:27 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

MI mental health services disrupted by medicaid expansion

Reinstein says no lawmakers attended the meeting on Monday.
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As enrollment in the state’s Healthy Michigan program continues, many of the state’s Community Mental Health officials have been sounding the alarm that they do not have sufficient funds to treat everyone who comes to them for help. In fact, there have already been scattered reports of people being cut off from state mental health services due to the shift in funding caused by the Medicaid expansion.

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Health
1:08 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Teaching first aid for mental health

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For decades, organizations like the American Red Cross and local fire departments have offered courses in basic first aid. Many Americans who are not in the medical field have a working knowledge of how to perform CPR. But few people are trained to give mental health first aid. That’s the aim of an ongoing training series being held this summer in Lansing.

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Health
2:30 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Living with a severe mental illness: One Lansing woman's story

Despite her severe mental illness, Lansing resident Jerri Nicole Wright has a part-time job, owns a home, and has been married for 20 years.
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and to commemorate, Current State’s Joe Linstroth speaks with longtime Lansing resident Jerri Nicole Wright about what it’s like to live with a severe and persistent mental illness.

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Health
12:05 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Breaking the stigma: Training imams to identify mental illness

The Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan.
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Later this week in Dearborn, doctors, psychologists, social workers, and religious leaders from around the world will gather for the Sixth Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference. According Dr. Farha Abbasi, an MSU assistant professor of psychiatry and a founder of the conference, this is one of the very few of its kind in the world, if not the only one.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:12 am
Wed December 18, 2013

New mental health resource serves Michigan vets

Dan Zomerlei (center) and Paul Lepley (right) with host Mark Bashore.
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There’s a new mental health resource for military personnel and their families, and Michigan is at the forefront of the effort. It’s called Star Behavioral Health Providers.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Stabenow bill would strengthen mental health coverage

The Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties is on East Jolly Road in Lansing.
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Earlier this year, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced a bill proponents say would better serve Americans with mental disorders.  Her "Excellence in Mental Health" measure would expand access to community mental health centers, in part by making more of them eligible for payments under Medicaid.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Earley says lock-up more common than treatment for many with mentally illness

Pete Earley was a 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist for 'Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness'.
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Across the nation, more and more people who are suffering from a severe mental illness are likely to wind up in prison than in a treatment facility. Here in Michigan, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, estimates that more than four times the number of people with mental illnesses are in prisons than in hospitals.

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NewsRoom
5:38 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

State House Approves Plan To Strengthen Mental Health Courts

The state House Thursday gave overwhelming bi-partisan support to legislation meant to strengthen Michigan’s mental health courts.

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NewsRoom
3:27 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Plan To Expand Mental Health Courts Clears State House Committee

Many state lawmakers say they’re eager to expand Michigan’s mental health court system.

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NewsRoom
5:10 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Study: Michigan’s Mental Health Courts Reduce Recidivism, Improve Quality Of Life

Offenders in Michigan’s new mental health courts are far less likely to re-offend compared to those in the traditional criminal justice system.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Michigan looks to expand mental health courts

Earlier this month, a group of House Republican lawmakers introduced a four-bill package that would create a permanent system of mental health treatment courts in Michigan.

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