mental health

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Boilerplate language in Governor Snyder’s budget would change the funding structure for the state’s community mental health system. After pushback from families and advocates, those changes seem unlikely to happen. We talk to Robert Sheehan, director of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, about what changes he thinks are necessary.

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A Michigan couple seeks to raise awareness of teen mental illness with their documentary about Daniel Olson, an Ishpeming teen who committed suicide. We speak with filmmaker Kammi Young-Berens about the process of making the documentary and what she hopes it will do for teens struggling with depression.

MSU to expand rural health care program

Oct 15, 2015
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People living in rural regions of our state face unique challenges when it comes to accessing healthcare. The Rural Community Health Program at MSU’s College of Human Medicine is trying to change that. We talk to the Rural Community Health Program’s director Dr. Andrea Wendling.

In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Current State talks with Sam Cochran, a retired Memphis police officer who helps law enforcement agencies intervene with the mentally ill.

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Many of the people arrested in the United States suffer from a mental illness, and research indicates that those released from custody are four times as likely to attempt suicide when compared with those in jail. We talk with Dr. Jennifer Johnson about her research aimed at lowering the post-detention suicide rate.

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The stigma of mental illness can make it difficult for students struggling on college campuses to seek help. But both students and administrators across the country are trying to change that. Current State talks to two of the members of the mental health advocacy group Active Minds at MSU as well as Dr. Victor Schwartz, medical director for the JED Foundation, a national organization focused on campus mental health and suicide prevention. 

A Michigan State University doctoral student in neuroscience has written a book about sexual assault and how post traumatic stress disorder affects women. Apryl Pooley is the author of “Shadow Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through PTSD and Womanhood”.

In Michigan, there are 191 areas designated as having a mental health care health professional shortage. Only and Texas and California have higher numbers of shortages, and that has devastating consequences. New research from the Child Health Institute found that young people in rural areas are twice as likely to commit suicide than their urban peers. In two northern Michigan counties, state and local officials are trying to hard to improve mental health care access for its rural residents.

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Last week, Current State host Mark Bashore had a chance to witness and participate in a very interesting group exercise. It was his first encounter with guided imagery, a technique that tries to direct and focus the imagination using rich, descriptive sound cues.

Mental health pioneer advocates early intervention

Oct 7, 2014

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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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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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.

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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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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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.