Until 2008, Virginia had one of the most restrictive civil commitment clauses in the nation, tangling families in a web of exclusion and insufficient access to care. No one knows that better than journalist Pete Earley, author of “Crazy,” whose son, Kevin, was stuck in a cycle of crisis and
Dr. Dixon says as long as what the clinician is trying to provide maps what the person needs, as opposed to what they are at risk for, then it's contributing to the greater good.
As rates of suicide rise in the United States, Dr. Schoenbaum says tracking survival is essential to creating a benchmark even to begin to understand why, and determining what improves outcomes also will require monitoring. He says without tracking, the field of mental health is plagued with a litany of