Policy and Advocacy Library

  • Media’s Damaging Depictions of Mental Illness
    A man who suffers from schizophrenia goes on a shooting spree in Times Square and later stabs a pregnant physician in the stomach. These are the opening scenes from Wonderland, a drama set in the ...
  • Obsessed: Should a Computer Hacker with Asperger Syndrome Go to Prison?
    When human rights activist Terry Waite spoke recently in support of Gary McKinnon, the noted Pentagon hacker, it made quite a stir. Waite is a former Beirut hostage, imprisoned for four years in Lebanon in ...
  • Health Insurance: The Eternal Battle
    Health insurance is a subject that weighs on me and keeps me up at night. Every once in a while my insurance situation is sorted out and the worry briefly lifts, then something happens ...
  • National Association for Dually Diagnosed Celebrates 25 Years
    People with both intellectual disability and mental illness are a small population -- less than one percent of people worldwide. But it’s a small population with very big needs. In 1983, Robert Fletcher, DSW, ACSW ...
  • Obama on Mental Health Care
    The following statement was provided to Alicia Sparks of Mental Health Notes by Senator Barack Obama's campaign in his bid for the U.S. Presidential election in 2008: Dear Friend, ...
  • McCain on Mental Health Care
    The following statement was provided by Senator John McCain to the National Alliance on Mental Illness in response to a questionnaire they sent Senator McCain in his capacity as a candidate for the U.S. Presidency ...
  • Mental Health Parity in U.S. Senate Bill s. 3335
    This section is excerpted from the U.S. Senate bill s. 3335 under consideration in the U.S. Senate. SEC. 313. MENTAL HEALTH PARITY. (a) Amendments to ERISA- Section 712 of the Employee ...
  • Components of Recovery
    Recovery has only recently become a word used in relation to the experience of psychiatric symptoms. Those of us who experience psychiatric symptoms are commonly told that these symptoms are incurable, that we will have ...
  • Using Advocacy as a Self-Help Tool
    To truly experience wellness and recovery I have learned that I want to be, and have to be an advocate for issues that I feel passionately about. A big part of recovery for me has ...
  • Psychiatric Advance Directive
    A psychiatric advance directive, or PAD, allows patients with mental illness to state their preferences for, or dislikes of, specific treatments, designate a proxy decision-maker or make other advance decisions about their care. Advance directives are ...
  • Changing the Treatment Conversation
    Sometimes I'm afraid that the U.S. is becoming a nation of people who expect things to come easily to them. I'm doubly afraid that some professionals charged with helping to help ourselves often take the ...
  • Ask HR About Mental Health Coverage
    You often don't discover what your managed care plan or health insurance plan covers until you need services. This is especially true for mental health care and substance abuse treatment. You can find out what ...
  • Finding Low-Cost Psychotherapy
    Low-cost psychotherapy is nearly an oxymoron. Experienced and highly trained mental health professionals, such as psychologists, psychiatrists or marriage and family therapists in practice for decades, can garner fees well over $100/hour for ...
  • Legal and Financial Planning for Your Children
    If you or a grandparent plan to help your child financially, before or after death, you'll have to make special arrangements. Because of the laws surrounding public disability benefits -- benefits your adult child could ...
  • Housing Options for the Disabled
    Some disabled people in the US are eligible for financial assistance with housing, and for housing preference programs through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, such as the Section 8 grant program. Section 8 is ...
  • Minding Stress on the Job
    Most of us have felt “stressed out” at one time or another. When this feeling persists day after day, stress becomes chronic. Chronic stress can take a toll on our careers, on our quality of ...
  • Supporting Friends and Family Who Have Mental Illnesses
    If you have a family member or friend who’s been diagnosed with a mental illness, you’re probably wondering what you can do to help. Although new forms of therapy and medication make it possible for many ...
  • Managing Life’s Challenges
    Mental health is an essential part of each person’s overall health and wellness. At times, we all face challenges that test us and put our mental health at risk. When our mental health is poor, ...
  • Staying Well When You Have a Mental Illness
    When you have a mental illness, you may not realize how important your overall health is to your recovery. Having poor overall health can get in the way and make recovery harder. Finding ways to ...
  • Research 101: Understanding Research Studies
    One of the secrets of science is to understand the language of science, and science's primary language is the research study. Research studies allow scientists to communicate with one another and share results of their ...
  • Hey, It’s 2007! Let’s Rate Doctors!
    Most people gain value from reading reviews about products and videos and such online. We read a review of a book on Amazon.com and believe we can trust most of the reviews to provide a ...
  • What is Depression if not a Mental Illness?
    Sometimes you might hear a person talking about mental disorders like depression or bipolar disorder without really understanding what they mean. What is depression? What is bipolar disorder? Why do we refer to ...
  • Financial Help with Medications
    Low-income patients may be able to get their medications for free by providing documentation to charitable programs run by pharmaceutical companies. In the US, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association publishes a directory of medication assistance programs. ...
  • Alternatives to Health Insurance
    No matter where you live, there are alternatives to expensive medical care. Those who don't have insurance, or whose insurance is inadequate, will want to investigate these resources. In some cases, creative private-pay arrangements may be ...
  • Happiness and Government Around the World
    Happiness might be determined by geography. Adrian White and colleagues at Leicester University's School of Psychology analyzed data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other databases to create a global perspective of well-being. The "happiest ...

 

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