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Oregon Tries To Break Cycle Of Jailing People With Mental Health Issues

November 13, 2018

A new initiative was created to divert people with mental illness from the criminal justice system in Oregon. There’s been more attention given to the fact that a significant percentage of incarcerated Americans suffer from mental illness. “The vast majority of the individuals are not violent criminals,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness more »

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Suicide is a community-wide issue

Sara Scofield doesn’t remembering calling 911 to report her own suicide attempt nearly 20 years ago. All she recalls is the sense of despair and pain she was feeling that day, waiting until she was alone, swallowing a handful of pills — and then waking up in the hospital. A friend who was a paramedic more »

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The Top Five Things To Know About Buying Health Insurance

Did you know it’s time to sign up for health coverage for 2019? If you need health insurance, you can enroll at HealthCare.Gov. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law and ensures that health coverage is available for those who need it. Here are the top things you need to know: Comprehensive coverage more »

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Facing Discrimination While Advocating

I take my mental health advocacy very seriously. I know firsthand how important progress towards acceptance is. Unfortunately, I also know how it feels to be discriminated against both for my mental illness and as an advocate: miserable, threatened, defeated, paranoid, or that I shouldn’t be advocating at all. Just a series of nasty remarks more »

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Colleges increase focus on mental health

October 10, 2018

Transition from home to adulthood is stressful (123rf) With the start of college begins a period of transition. Students must learn how to prioritize their responsibilities, manage their time and care for themselves on their own. Such changes can be enormously stressful. “In terms of the college population in particular, we know that transition to more »

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