Most leading public universities do not track student suicides, says report

Nearly half of the leading public universities in America do not maintain a record of suicides among their students, even as measures are being taken to improve mental health on campus. According to the latest findings by the Associated Press (AP), of 100 largest public universities, only 46 were tracking student suicides, with 27 of them doing it consistently since 2007. Continue reading

Gay, queer teens have 4 times higher risk of attempting suicide, survey finds

Gay, queer teens have 4 times higher risk of attempting suicide, survey finds

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) teens have higher likelihood of suicide attempt than other groups, suggests a recent study by researchers from the San Diego State University. According to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in December 2017, LGBQ adolescents are four times as likely to attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers. Continue reading

HIGHLIGHTS of 2017: 10 celebrities who opened up about their mental problems

10 celebrities who opened up about their mental problems

Stigmatizing certain beliefs or behaviors is equivalent to disgracing and demoralizing a person and attaching a negative label to his or her personality. Rooted in misunderstanding and discrimination, stigma refers to a set of beliefs and attitudes that may lead people to avoid, fear or reject societal norms, objects or individuals perceived to be different or dangerous. Continue reading

Untreated mental illness: From homelessness to incarceration

Untreated mental illness: From homelessness to incarceration

It’s time we accept that mental illness is real, a disease that should be treated on a par with physical illness. But it remains shrouded in stigma and shame, leaving millions of Americans suffer endlessly. An untreated mental disorder can result in homelessness, poverty, incarceration, acts of violence, victimization, suicide and severe clinical outcomes. The results of the untreated condition are often the causes behind it. The longer the treatment is delayed, more difficult it becomes for someone to cope with the demands of daily life, leading to financial troubles, worsening of existing symptoms and deterioration of the overall quality of life. Continue reading

Insurers’ failure to comply with MHPA impacts mental problem treatment, says report

Insurers’ failure to comply with MHPA impacts mental problem treatment, says report

America’s one of the leading health care consulting and risk management company Milliman Inc. recently released a report that analyzed the gaps in medical insurance benefits for mental health and addiction care. The report was presented by a coalition of mental health and addiction advocacy organizations like the Mental Health America (MHA), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and The Kennedy Forum. The report was prepared after collecting data from two exhaustive national databases comprising medical claim records from leading insurers for preferred provider organizations (PPO). The databases contained data of nearly 42 million Americans across 50 states and the District of Columbia between 2013-15. Continue reading

Lloyd Robertson shares his memories of painful past and mental problem

Lloyd Robertson shares his memories of painful past and mental problem

Canadian television icon Lloyd Robertson has opened up about his painful experiences of childhood. At a recent event in Markham, Canada, the North America’s longest-serving evening news anchor shared the haunting memories of his childhood, marred by the mental illness of his mother Lily Mary. In his 2012 memoir The Kind of Life It’s Been, Robertson wrote how his childhood was filled with secrets and shame. Continue reading

US continues to face mental health crisis, reveals MHA annual report

Millions of Americans face mental health problems; some speak about it and others choose to remain silent. The agencies at the federal and state levels are taking measures to expand health care services and reach out to as many people as possible, but their efforts are not enough to bring in the desired result. Continue reading

Hawaii hospital authorities draw governor’s ire as mental patient escapes to California; 7 suspended

Hawaii hospital authorities draw governor’s ire as mental patient escapes to California; 7 suspended

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) suspended seven state hospital employees for alleged lapses following the recent escape of a mental patient accused of murder. The action came after Governor David Ige lambasted the Hawaii State Hospital authorities for failing to notify the incident immediately. Continue reading

Time to create conducive workplace atmosphere to overcome stigma linked to mental problems

Mental health stigma at the workplace is alive and kicking. In a recent survey, conducted in the United Kingdom by the London-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, an overwhelming majority of 85 percent of the participants agreed about stigma linked to mental health issues. Some 58 percent of the respondents disclosed that they would be uncomfortable sharing details of their illness with their manager. Only 20 percent considered their managers to be capable of providing support to them. Also, a resounding 26 percent disclosed that when they took a day off from work because of stress or any other such condition, they had fibbed about the reason. Women were more likely to lie about their illness and take a day off. Continue reading

World Smile Day: Are you smiling to immerse your depression?

World Smile Day: Are you smiling to immerse your depression?

The general assumption about a person smiling is that he or she is happy, relaxed and enjoying life. Nevertheless, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), an individual who appears to be happy and goes about his or her daily chores comfortably, but is still unable to enjoy life, might be suffering from smiling depression.

In simple words, smiling depression is a depressive disorder in which a person appears to be happy despite battling an inner turmoil. Characterized by atypical symptoms, smiling depression is hard to detect as people suffering from this disorder generally do well in their professional, social and personal lives. Continue reading