Peer Support Receives Much Needed Recognition from Congress

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Last year, Congress gave mental health advocates a year-end present during the lame duck session by passing mental health reform legislation as part of the 21st Century Cures Act and sending it to President Obama for signature. Implementation began in earnest on May 24, 2017, with the call for nominations for non-federal appointments to the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee. Read about this and other wins in this legislation in this post from the CFYM archives.

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Mental Health Advocates Share Their Lived Experience with Congressional Staffers

Denise Camp

Denise Camp, ALWF, CPRS, RPS, and Mindy Goodman, Parent Volunteer

Peer support received a big boost from the last U.S. Congress and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) took the opportunity to thank Congressional supporters at a recent U.S. House Mental Health Caucus panel event. Held as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, “Peer Support Across Generations” was supported by Representatives Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM).

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Helping My Son to Plan Ahead

Kristin Olbertson

Kristin Olbertson

My teenage son has bipolar disorder. My husband and I want him to be ready to manage his care and treatment decisions, so we’re engaging him now.

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Elements of the ACA that We Need to Preserve

Susan Weinstein, Co-Executive Director
Families for Depression Awareness

For families affected by a mental health condition, what elements of health insurance are necessary?

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Congress Kicks Off Mental Health Month by Shifting Priorities for Health Care Access

Susan Weinstein, Co-Executive Director
Families for Depression Awareness

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives welcomed the first week of Mental Health Month by approving the American Health Care Act, the latest iteration of a bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”).

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How Hospitals Can Improve Service and Outcomes for Psychiatric Emergencies

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Phyllis Foxworth, Advocacy Vice President
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Understanding patient and family considerations can have a great impact on successful outcomes when treating a psychiatric emergency. But how do we know what outcomes patients and families are seeking?

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Preventing Suicide Through a Whole Health Approach to Emergency Room Treatment

Jill M. Harkavy-Friedman, PhD, Vice President of Research
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Roughly 40 percent of people who die by suicide were seen in an emergency room in the year prior to their death. Yet less than 50 percent would have received a mental health diagnosis there.

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Psychiatric Advance Directives: A Must-Have for Us

Families for Depression Awareness

For people living with mental health conditions, advance planning is a “must-do.” When our conditions render us unable to make measured decisions as we would at times when we are not in distress, having delusions, or otherwise not functioning as our usual selves, we want to know that we have made our wishes known, that our family members and support network know what to expect and what are their roles, and that our care team is ready, willing, and able to do as we have specified.

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