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2010-09-10 08:00:00

Public-private collaboration forges next-generation partnerships to address major public-health threat in America WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced acceleration of efforts to respond to what has become a foremost, preventable public-health tragedy in our nation: Suicide. Together they announced the founding membership of...

2010-08-24 12:07:00

INCLUDES BALLOON RELEASE, BUILDING DEDICATION: 2520 Troy Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 WILMINGTON, N.C., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four-Star General Barry McCaffrey, the former U.S. Director of National Drug Control Policy, Dr. Barry Karlin, CEO of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest provider of behavioral health and addiction services, Charles Smith--North Carolina State Veterans Affairs Director, U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre, together with other elected officials, police...

2010-08-18 15:25:00

National experts offer insight on suicide as the third-leading cause of death for America's youths ages 15-24 SHEBOYGAN, Wisc., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three leading experts on youth suicide will be featured this fall in a new series of interactive webinars from Well Aware, a national youth suicide prevention program. This series includes school-based strategies for suicide prevention, helping youths who have lost a peer to suicide, and crisis response for schools and...

2010-07-28 17:55:00

SAINT PAUL, Minn., July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- September 2010 will be the 21st annual Recovery Month observance by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). Recovery Month serves to educate the public on how alcohol and drug addiction is a national health issue, a treatable illness, and that recovery is possible. (Logo:...

2010-07-07 14:14:00

WASHINGTON, July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and other veterans cannot depend solely on the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) for mental health care--even though the civilian mental health care system is in crisis, according to the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held this past week. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) (Logo:...

2010-06-22 09:30:00

WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hold its annual convention in Washington, D.C., July 1-3 and present its Distinguished Service Award to U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) Scientific research on early treatment of schizophrenia, children, and military and veterans mental health are key topics on the agenda....

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2010-06-18 06:20:00

According to a study by two governmental agencies, emergency room visits linked to prescription painkillers abuse have jumped 111 percent over a five-year period, a shocking increase that threatens the public health system in the United States. Emergency room visits involving abuse of painkillers such as oxycodone rose from 144,644 in 2004 to more than 305,850 in 2008, according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control...

2010-05-25 07:00:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a national survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) there are an estimated 9.8 million adults aged 18 or older living with serious mental illness. Among adults, the prevalence of serious mental illness is highest in the 18 to 25 age group, yet this age group is also the least likely to receive services or counseling for mental health issues. To view the multimedia assets associated with this...

2010-05-19 11:19:19

"While a move can represent a positive change, all moves involve some degree of loss," say Carol Podgorski from the University of Rochester in New York and colleagues in an article published this week in PLoS Medicine, and this can lead to heightened risk for suicidal behavior. Whether by choice or necessity, more older adults are now living in residential homes. And while the residences themselves are designed to be appealing, the underlying reasons that precipitate moving into a residential...

2010-05-12 09:30:00

WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is calling on Congress for greater scientific research, mental health grants to offset massive state budget cuts and an end to a backlog in the processing of Social Security disability claims. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick outlined the needs of adults and children living with serious mental illness during "public...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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