Category Archive: mental health

‘Crackhouse’ Or ‘Safehouse’? U.S. Officials Try To Block Philly’s Supervised Injection Site

An average of three people a day died of opioid overdose in Philadelphia in 2018. But efforts to combat the crisis with a supervised injection site could be stymied by “the crackhouse statute,” a portion of federal law meant to protect neighborhoods during the crack epidemic of the 1980s.

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes wades through hundreds of health care policy stories each week, so you don’t have to.

California Requires Suicide Prevention Phone Number On Student IDs

The new law, a response to escalating suicide rates among teens, is intended to ensure students know that immediate help is available if they need it.

California Requires Suicide Prevention Phone Number On Student IDs

The new law, a response to escalating suicide rates among teens, is intended to ensure students know that immediate help is available if they need it.

Governor’s ‘Mental Health Czar’ Seeks New Blueprint For Care In California

Thomas Insel, who ran the National Institute of Mental Health for 13 years before casting his lot with Silicon Valley, is taking a temporary break from his senior position at a health care startup to advise Gov. Gavin Newsom on how to remake mental health care in the Golden State.

In Rural Utah, Preventing Suicide Means Meeting Gun Owners Where They Are

In Utah, 85% of deaths from firearms are suicides. To help people who might be vulnerable, outreach workers are discussing suicide prevention at gun shows and firearms classes.

Coming Out About Mental Health On Social Media

Talking about your mental health on social media is a thing, and it could actually help.

MDMA, Or Ecstasy, Shows Promise As A PTSD Treatment

MDMA, the psychoactive ingredient in the club drug known as molly or ecstasy, is being tested in combination with therapy as a treatment for severe trauma.

Among Hurdles For Those With Opioid Addictions: Getting The Drug To Treat It

It can be difficult to get a prescription for buprenorphine, one of the gold standards for treating opioid use disorder. And not all pharmacies stock the drug.

Dealing With The Lingering Effects Of A Mass Shooting

Veronica Kelley, head of San Bernardino County’s Department of Behavioral Health, knows firsthand that the mental health effects from mass shootings linger. Nearly four years after her community was devastated by a massacre of 14 people, Kelley has advice for Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton and other communities reeling from recent carnage.

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