April 2, 2019 By Yen Duong North Carolina Health News https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2019/04/02/eagle-program-helps-mecklenburg-psychosis-patients-spread-their-wings/
When 21-year-old Dylan Mathis was in 11th grade, he started seeing gory hallucinations of strangers abusing him, nonexistent siblings and his actual pets.
“It would be, like, really scary,” Mathis, who lived in Florida at the time, said. After experiencing more psychotic events and symptoms such as mania and depression, he went to a psychiatric hospital and started taking medications, kicking off a years-long cycle of going in and out Read More
North Carolina children and teens are killing themselves nearly twice as often as they did just a decade ago, state data shows, with Mecklenburg County’s number the highest in the state by a wide margin in recent years.
Suicide is now the state’s second-leading cause of death for children 10 to 17 years, trailing only motor vehicle accidents. Forty-four children and teens took their Read More
Apr. 01, 2019 By Laurie Katz https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/April-2019/Four-Lessons-From-Four-Years-of-Therapy
I’ve now been in therapy for four years. I talk about four years a lot. It’s an important number in my life. After I was raped in 2011, I suffered in silence for just under four years. It happened at college in Chicago by a fellow student on the third weekend of my freshman year. I tried to get justice, but after months of meetings and hearings, my rapist never had any Read More
Arlington, VA — NAMI and 16 national organizations representing millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions filed an amicus curiae (“friend-of-the-court”) brief on April 1 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case Texas v. United States. This is the appeal of a District Court’s ruling to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the appeals court upholds the decision, the invalidation of the ACA would touch Read More
A bill to allow North Carolina officials to study whether and when to conduct mental health screenings on public school students is headed to the House floor after clearing a second committee Monday.
The House Rules and Operations committee recommended House Bill 75 following a similar approval by the House Health committee Feb. 26. It advanced to the House floor, where it is scheduled to be heard Wednesday.
The idea for the study comes from a House Select committee on Read More
A report compiled by NC Child and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine highlights a troubling trend in youth suicide rates and a drop in vaccination rates.
“The youth suicide rate has nearly doubled in the state since 2010. Actually, suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among youth ages 10-17,” explained Whitney Tucker, Research Director for NC Child.
The findings are based in part on survey responses from teens.
“About 16 percent of all of our high school students in the Read More