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2013-12-17 08:30:21

Rep. Tim Murphy's bill undermines 30 years of mental health system successes and will eradicate critical mental health services, protections, and supports HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Dec 12, 2013, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) introduced the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013. Disabilities Rights Network (DRN), Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania (MHAPA), and the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association (PMHCA) oppose this...

2012-12-21 20:20:50

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, there are calls for improved mental health services. Dr. Daniel Fisher, executive director of the National Empowerment Center (NEC) and a member of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, who himself recovered from a diagnosis of schizophrenia, says, "The best means to help people recover from mental health issues is by funding more voluntary, community-based...

2011-01-12 15:22:00

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP) (http://www.mhasp.org) joins the nation in grieving for those whose lives were ended or forever altered by the tragedy that occurred in Arizona on January 8, and in wishing Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the others who were injured a swift and complete recovery. "This terrible incident, which reports indicate was the act of an individual with mental health problems,...

2010-01-29 07:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The mental health advocacy and provider communities in Pennsylvania support the decision by the PA Department of Public Welfare (DPW) to close Allentown State Hospital (ASH), an institution for people who have mental illnesses. Up to 125 people from ASH and Wernersville State Hospital (WeSH) will return to communities of their choice, and up to 65 will transfer from ASH to WeSH. Although it would be ideal if every person was discharged...

2010-01-15 12:20:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) is offering small emergency grants and free Mental Health First Aid training to support mental health efforts in the wake of the devastating Haiti earthquake. "Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti and with their loved ones in the U.S. We commend the efforts of many agencies and individuals that are providing disaster relief. Our pockets are not deep but we are...

2009-10-06 09:39:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lauren Spiro, director of the National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations (NCMHCSO), which represents individuals with psychiatric histories, will promote self-determination and community integration through peer-run alternatives to involuntary mental health treatment at a Capitol Hill briefing entitled "Facing Mental Illness: Policy Lessons from Minds on the Edge" on Wednesday, October 7, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., at the...

2009-02-17 09:00:00

Impact of Economy, Vet Difficulties Demonstrate Urgency; Advances in Treatments, New Policies Present Opportunities ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Mental Health America, the country's oldest and leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all Americans live mentally healthier lives, today called for action on urgent challenges facing the country declaring, "It's Time for Mental Health." To view the Multimedia News Release, go to:...

2008-12-15 09:00:00

Achievements of Past Century Include Major Milestones in the Advancement of Rights and Treatment for Individuals with Mental Health Conditions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mental Health America, today announced the launch of its Centennial Year: "Celebrating the Legacy, Forging the Future." The 100-year history of Mental Health America is the remarkable story of one person who turned a personal struggle with mental illness into a national movement and of the millions...

2008-12-02 09:52:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of the deaths of two persons in public psychiatric institutions - highlighting a pattern of abuse and neglect of those who have psychiatric disabilities - a national coalition of such individuals is calling on the incoming Obama administration and the nation's top mental health officials to institute widespread, substantive reforms in America's mental health treatment system. These would include raising standards and regulatory...

2008-09-18 12:00:11

DETROIT, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Wayne County is partnering with the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign (NMHAC) to increase mental health awareness among youth during upcoming programs at two Detroit area schools. The Agency's partnership with the NMHAC is geared towards reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues among young adults. The program will be held at Thurston High School in Redford and Southwestern High School in Detroit. The program includes education for...