Mental Health In The Media

Recent news items about mental health conditions, treatment, support, wellness, and federal, state, and local mental health policies that may be of interest to you:

Advocates say proposal to ban flavored vaping products doesn’t go far enough
The Hartford Courant – www.courant.com – February 18, 2020
https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-vaping-ban-20200218-jmvojffouzgellkvp7psjyej7u-story.html

After investigative findings, state action required to assure patient rights and safety
The CT Mirror – www.ctmirror.org – February 19, 2020
https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/after-investigative-findings-state-action-required-to-assure-patient-rights-safety-gretchen-knauff/

As Lamont touts Clean Slate proposal, advocates push broader reforms
The CT Mirror – www.ctmirror.org – February 19, 2020
https://ctmirror.org/2020/02/19/as-lamont-touts-clean-slate-proposal-advocates-push-broader-reforms/

Audit finds poor performance by state’s Medicaid transportation broker, including cancer patient who waited 5 hours for pickup
The Hartford Courant – www.courant.com – February 19, 2020
https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-veyo-audit-medicaid-20200219-7romvsuwy5a43beid2uwts6fma-story.html

Beyond Possible: How the Hearing Voices Approach Transforms Lives
YouTube – www.youtube.com – February 9, 2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk5juEgi1oY

Connecticut drug deaths spiked in 2019, reaching record highs. Those on the front lines of the opioid crisis say they aren’t surprised
Hartford Courant – www.courant.com – February 21, 2020
https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-connecticut-overdose-challenge-20200221-ezhu5m5vf5dwdlrhmttievdedu-story.html

I Am A 29-Year-Old Who Dreads Going Outside. Here’s How Agoraphobia Affects Me
The Huffington Post – www.huffingtonpost.com – February 22, 2020
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-agoraphobia-changed-my-life_n_5e4ee584c5b6f552b581067b

In veterans’ darkest hours, service dogs can light a path back to stability
Hartford Courant – www.courant.com – February 19, 2020
https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-pol-screening-vets-service-dogs-documentary-20200219-fx4qkxiszfcuvn6lgv6nqrrglu-story.html

Judiciary Committee To Tackle End To Solitary Confinement
The CT News Junkie – www.ctnewsjunkie.com – February 25, 2020
https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20200225_judiciary_committee_to_tackle_end_to_solitary_confinement/

Juvenile justice advocates: Let’s ‘Raise the Age’ again
The CT Mirror – www.ctmirror.org – February 10, 2020
https://ctmirror.org/2020/02/10/juvenile-justice-advocates-lets-raise-the-age-again/

Lawmakers again consider bill allowing terminally ill patients to obtain a doctor’s help to end their lives
Hartford Courant – www.courant.com – February 14, 2020
https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-aid-dying-mtg-20200214-y2qoqcjghvhydkiopiz3fo47sy-story.html

Neural Signature Identifies People Likely to Respond to Antidepressant Medication
NIMH – www.nimh.nih.gov – February 10, 2020
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2020/neural-signature-identifies-people-likely-to-respond-to-antidepressant-medication.shtml

New Britain using federal grant in an effort to cut opioid overdoses in half
The Hartford Courant – www.courant.com – February 12, 2020
https://www.courant.com/community/new-britain/hc-news-new-britain-opioid-grant-20200212-dv2sjtgujfculjp357i7dzqyjm-story.html

Other states show why legalizing marijuana is a bad idea
The Hartford Courant – www.courant.com – February 9, 2020
https://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-sabet-legalizing-marijuana-0209-20200209-ngah6t2esnetrlrd2abthgsglq-story.html

Payout From a National Opioids Settlement Won’t Be as Big as Hoped
The New York Times – www.nytimes.com – February 17, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/17/health/national-opioid-settlement.html

Stresses Multiply for Many US Clergy: ‘We Need Help Too’
US News – www.usnews.com – February 18, 2020
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-02-18/stresses-multiply-for-many-us-clergy-we-need-help-too

Wake up America. Insurance companies prescribe your medications
The CT Mirror – www.ctmirror.org – February 20, 2020
https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/wake-up-america-insurance-companies-prescribe-your-medications-why-prior-authorization-cant-be-fixed-christine-alexandra-bottone/

We Need To Pay Better Attention To Loved Ones’ Mental Health
The Huffington Post – www.huffingtonpost.com – February 19, 2020
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/demi-lovato-mental-health_l_5e4d4d50c5b6b0f6bff295d7

Women have different needs than men when treating alcohol and other substance use
Chicago Tribune – www.chicagotribune.com – January 22, 2020
https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-life-women-alcohol-treatment-tt-20200122-x7hsn5carrde5gymmvqr5mmkpi-story.html

And on a lighter note:

Garfield – www.garfield.com – May 7, 2018
https://garfield.com/comic/2018/05/07/

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Sincerely,

Thomas Burr
Community and Affiliate Relations Manager
NAMI Connecticut

Please Note: The views expressed in the above articles, video’s etc., solely represent the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of NAMI Connecticut, it’s members, partners and/or affiliates.
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