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10 years after Katrina, addressing the mental trauma that lingers

AUGUST 20, 2015 | LAine Kaplan-Levenson

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, much of the physical damage the storm caused in the city of New Orleans has been repaired. Neighborhoods and communities have been rebuilt. Schools, hospitals, businesses, and restaurants have re-opened.

But a deeper, invisible wound brought by the storm remains. Thousands of...

Preparing an entire city to respond to mental health emergencies

By Paul Jablow on Aug 19, 2015 02:39 PM

Jason Palaia, director of elementary and special education in the Coatesville Area School District in Chester County, recalls interrupting his walk across a high school campus to talk to a youth sitting on a curb who was obviously very distraught.

James Hills, a school board member who volunteers at an afterschool program in Coatesville,...

Americans with Disabilities Act and Mental Health & Addiction Parity

By The ParityTrack Team

Luke Butler, MPH, Timothy Clement, MPH and Marcelo Fernandez-Viña, MPH

This past Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. This landmark piece of legislation was written to combat...

A Debate on Treating Mental Illness: Should We Bring Back Asylums?

Wed, Jul 22 2015 Dominic Sisti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics/Health Policy and Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania; Principal Author, “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum,” Journal of the American Medical Association Renee Binder, M.D., Psychiatrist, University of California, San Francisco; Incoming President, American Psychiatric Association Dr. Gloria...

Innovations in Youth Mental Health First Aid: Opportunities and Insights

Dana Heiman, Senior Vice President  of Brandywine Health Foundation, and Alyson Ferguson, Director of Grantmaking at the Scattergood Foundation, presented along with  Monica Wightman, Project AWARE Education Consultant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on July 22nd at the Project AWARE State Educational Agency 2015 New Grantee Conference in Rockville, MD. 


Tourists help fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness in Rwanda

  By Wyatt Orme   July 16th, 2015

Rates of mental illness in Rwanda are significantly higher than other countries. This is largely attributed to the trauma many suffered during the 1994 genocide, which left nearly one million dead and a country full of people deeply affected emotionally. 

The government is trying to respond to the need for mental health care. But resources are limited...