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Mary Lou Mastro: seeking to erase the stigma of mental illness
By Mike Mitka | August 29, 2014
Too often, individuals facing mental health issues feel shame and are reluctant to seek help, fearing stigmatization. Mary Lou “Lou” Mastro has spent much of her career working to change that dynamic.
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Obama to announce mental-health initiatives for vets
By Associated Press | August 26, 2014
Three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans.
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Washington governor works to ease mental health bed shortage
By Associated Press | August 23, 2014
Gov. Jay Inslee has approved spending as much as $30 million to start meeting a state Supreme Court order to add more psychiatric evaluation and treatment beds around the state, officials said Friday.
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Williams' death sheds light on mental-health issues
By Modern Healthcare | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Regarding the recent blog post “Robin Williams' death a wake-up call for mental health workers” (ModernHealthcare.com, Aug. 12), as a lifelong advocate and mental healthcare provider, I, on behalf of my colleagues, applaud the efforts of storytellers and journalists such as John N.
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Judge sides with Boston Globe in mental health patient profile
By Melanie Evans | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Both Steward Health Care System and the Boston Globe are claiming they got what they wanted in a recent court ruling in which the healthcare system sued the Globe regarding an article which had not yet been published.
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App developers hope to help veterans battling mental-health issues
By Los Angeles Times | August 19, 2014
With military and veterans' suicides near record levels in recent years, a team of Los Angeles-based developers has launched a free iPhone app designed to help vets find one another, as well as nearby health centers, emergency care and other critical services.
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Hospitals in Washington state can't board psych patients in EDs, but where will they go?
By Beth Kutscher | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Starting next week, hospitals in Washington state will be prohibited from boarding psychiatric patients in emergency departments while they wait for inpatient beds to open up.
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Mental health centers see patient surge
By Virgil Dickson | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Many behavioral healthcare providers across the country are reporting significantly increased demand for their services because of Medicaid expansion in some states.
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Williams' death underscores need to stress availability of mental care
August 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Robin Williams' death a wake-up call for mental health workers”: Williams' tragic passing serves as a stark reminder to us that mental illness knows no barriers. We must make this a communal issue about reducing stigma, enhancing access to quality care, and addressing the...
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