In early February, when #CrisisTalk spoke with Matthew Holtsclaw on the Renew seclusion and restraint (S&R) initiative he launched a year ago, we had no idea what was around the corner for the United States and the overall healthcare system. At a time when physically distancing from each other is
As communities struggle with COVID-19 and increasingly respond to emergency rules, Major Sam Cochran (ret.), co-chair of CIT International’s Board of Directors, said leaders must support and keep open essential mental health crisis services. He shared with #CrisisTalk that without them, the default mental healthcare provider and law enforcement drop
On Monday, Rolling Stone released an article that highlights what’s been on the minds of many of the nation’s mental health leaders: what’s the impact of COVID-19 on people’s ability to get the help they need during a psychiatric crisis? The article predominantly focused on extended hospital wait times and
When I moved to New Orleans in February 2006, it was five and a half months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city, and the storm still pulsed in its streets and people. A rescue boat appeared to be parallel parked outside of my Marigny apartment on Elysian Fields, and dogs
“The barrier of loneliness: the palpable, desperate need of the human animal to be with his fellow man. Up there … is an enemy known as isolation.”
The Washington Post recently shared the quote above from a 1959 Twilight Zone episode that explored the impacts of a man being all alone.
As emergency rules put social distancing measures in place in communities across the United States, doctors Aaron Kofman, M.D., and Alfonso Hernandez-Romieu, M.D., infectious disease fellows in the Department of Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, wrote in Stat that these policies aren’t making their way into the healthcare system,
On Friday, President Trump signed a $2 trillion stimulus package into law, including $425 million toward behavioral healthcare. As reported by NASMHPD in its weekly update, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), designed to boost the U.S. economy hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, includes $425
NowMattersNow.org is a critical resource as Americans, whose day-to-day lives have been disrupted, navigate the coronavirus pandemic crisis and the challenges that come with it, such as isolation, unemployment, housing instability, and illness.