Jul 8, 2019 By Neda Ulaby NPR Illinois https://www.nprillinois.org/post/why-people-are-arguing-stop-using-words-crazy-and-insane#stream/0
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
We’re about to discuss sensitive words and why we decide to stop using them. For example, one word used to be a standard schoolyard insult. We would not say it today without this warning first. It is the word retarded. Now some people say the words crazy and insane should fall into the same category. This came up recently when our reporter NPR’s Neda Ulaby was chatting with a Read More
Jun 19, 2019, 2:37 PM By Lisa Schencker Chicago Tribune https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-rush-medical-closing-pediatric-inpatient-psychiatric-unit-20190619-7xyqqzw7czhitpxm73i74qjeym-story.html
Rush University Medical Center will no longer offer inpatient mental health care for children, making it the latest Chicago hospital to cut back on overnight stays for kids.
The West Side hospital had 15 beds for child and adolescent behavioral health. It temporarily closed that unit in March, along with two adult inpatient mental health units, after the state found deficiencies in how the hospital protected its psychiatric patients from Read More
By Amy Willer | Jun. 24, 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/June-2019/Responding-to-Bipolar-Psychotic-Symptoms
A first experience with psychosis can be terrifying, exhilarating, disorienting or feel just plain ordinary. Sometimes it can seem ordinary because it was your reality for a while. Your senses and brain colluded to fabricate something that wasn’t actually there. It certainly felt real, though.
For example, during my first psychotic break, it felt as though my cognitive abilities had reduced to that of a toddler. I couldn’t understand what people said to me, and I Read More
NAMI, along with other prominent mental health and addiction organizations, launched Mental Health for US: a nonpartisan educational coalition aimed at elevating mental health issues on the 2020 campaign trail. The coalition is dedicated to uniting Americans to call for bipartisan support and systematic change through grassroots activation.Read More
June 04, 2019 By Christine Herman Illinois Public Media https://will.illinois.edu/news/story/illinois-budget-includes-first-significant-rate-increase-in-years-for-behav
The new state budget awaiting Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s signature includes what advocates say is a much-needed $80 million increase in funding for mental health and addiction treatment.
The state’s fiscal 2020 budget marks the first time in recent years that lawmakers have approved a signficant increase in state funding for behavioral health services, said Eric Foster, Chief Operating Officer for the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health. Last year’s increase amounted to Read More
May 30, 2019 By Maureen Foertsch Mckinney NPR Illinois https://www.nprillinois.org/post/children-s-access-mental-health-care-critical-condition-illinois#stream/0
Something was wrong with the little girl. That was clear by the time she was 10 years old. She raged often and was sometimes sullen. By the time she was 13, she was missing school because her anxiety was so severe. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which is marked by periods of depression and irritability interrupted by extreme highs.Read More