Today, we talk to Debra A. Pinals, M.D., about the Elijah McClain case and the controversial excited delirium syndrome diagnosis. Though the case happened in 2019, the diagnosis has recently caught the attention of the mainstream population and the medical field alike because of the application of ketamine by paramedics
Dr. Head-Dunham says racism in America has been like a kettle percolating, just waiting for the right amount of heat to blow the top off. The pandemic’s timing, racial disparities in COVID-19 cases and deaths, the political climate, and the murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers on
CW Tillman, who has worked in mental health and disability rights, says mental health advocacy lags decades behind. He talks about the civil rights disability movement and its role in the Americans with Disabilities Act. He also discusses the ADA’s vague language, which has left the term "disability" open to
Dr. Kevin Huckshorn is known in the mental health community as a hospital fixer, taking facilities on the cusp of losing certification, or worse, and breathing new life into them. Her personal goal is to address the science to service gap and bring humanity into any facility she enters.
As helicopters hover above her to put out a nearby fire, Leora Wolf-Prusan, EdD, of the Center for Applied Research Solutions, shares insights on school leadership's role during and after a crisis. She talks about lessons learned from numerous disasters such as the Paradise Camp Fire and school mass shootings
Three years ago, Angela Kimball, national director of advocacy and public policy at NAMI, witnessed her thirty-year-old son experience a psychotic break. She shares the system challenges she faced trying to help him and the crisis care loop she and her son ended up stuck in.
Today, Dr. Charles Browning sits down to talk with Sheree Lowe, vice-president of behavioral health at the California Hospital Association. Lowe highlights that because California lacks 24/7 mental health emergency services, it forces people into a choke point of emergency departments during the involuntary care commitment process. She shares with
Colleen Carr—director of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention at the EDC—says the pandemic has resulted in a collective experience among Americans, which has fostered a vital culture shift in talking about mental health, substance use, and suicide. Suddenly, for the first time, many people are experiencing mental health
Rachel Bowes, head of crisis services and quality at Lifeline Australia, says the COVID-19 pandemic came on the heels of devastating bushfires and has resulted in closed state borders, the biggest budget deficit since the end of the Second World War, and opportunities for growth.
How COVID-19 is impacting communities: Kevin Fisher, executive director for NAMI Michigan, told The Detroit News that mental health providers in the state are starting to see the effects. It’s resulted in a surge in mental health demands, with calls to the state’s crisis lines up 80%. The problem for