Mental Health en Mental Healthcare Overhaul Would Give Family and Caregivers More Say in Treatment <p></p><p>U.S. Rep.Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, <a href="">recently proposed legislation</a> to overhaul the nation's mental health care system.</p><p>He wants to increase accessibility to care while expanding the use of involuntary treatment. This would better allow family members and caregivers to intervene in cases involving the severely mentally ill.</p><p>The bill, called the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act has received mixed reviews. Last Thursday the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee heard testimony on the legislation.</p><p>Congressman Murphy said there are roughly 10 million people in the US who suffer from severe mental illness and about half of them are not even aware that they have a problem.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:12:25 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27150 at Mental Healthcare Overhaul Would Give Family and Caregivers More Say in Treatment Rep. Murphy Introduces Bill to Overhaul Federal Mental Health System <p>The federal government spends around $125 billion on mental health annually, but the ways in which that money is spent are ineffective and antiquated, according to U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R<span style="line-height: 1.5;">-Allegheny).</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:18:45 +0000 Liz Reid 26763 at Seasonal Affective Disorder Not So Different From Non-Seasonal Depression <p>As soon as the clocks change each fall, do you feel like your body goes into hibernation mode?</p><p>When winter mood shifts bring us to the point of depression, the experience is called Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as S.A.D., and the mental health effects can be devastating for some people.</p><p><strong>Kathryn Roecklein</strong>, Assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Pitt and CMU studies and treats S.A.D.</p><p>She says, contrary to what some people think, S.A.D. is not a response to cold weather, but the shorter days of winter and lack of sunlight. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 00:23:29 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23719 at Seasonal Affective Disorder Not So Different From Non-Seasonal Depression UPMC Study to Determine Best Course of Action for Mental Health Treatments <p></p><p>Over the next three years, researchers across Pennsylvania will be examining two different methods of mental health treatment, to determine which has the better outcomes. One of those is the Person-Centered approach.</p><p>“That’s focusing on the person who has a behavioral health condition getting support and information from a peer, someone who also has the experience, to prepare for the meetings with their doctors,” said</p><p>Kim MacDonald-Wilson is with the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:20:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 22621 at Living in the Shadows: Pittsburgh Refugees & Mental Health <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Refugees to the region face a number of challenges, unfamiliarity with a different language is even more complicated when trying to obtain health care. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">90.5 </span>WESA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Behavioral Health Reporter Erika </span>Beras<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is embarking on a month-long series on </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">the challenges</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="">refugees face in the Pittsburgh area</a> to obtain health care. She says her interest in the topic was sparked by the high population of refugees in Pittsburgh.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:17:23 +0000 Katie Blackley 22407 at Living in the Shadows: Pittsburgh Refugees & Mental Health State Public Welfare Official Says PA Not Proactive Enough in Treating Mental Illness <p>An official with the Department of Public Welfare is pushing for a statewide assessment of how mental health services are delivered in the commonwealth.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Dennis Marion, a deputy secretary with the agency&rsquo;s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, says the state isn&rsquo;t proactive enough in treating mental illness before it becomes an emergency.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:25:35 +0000 Mary Wilson 18223 at New Mental Health Training Proposed for Law Enforcement & Judges <p><a href="">Representative&nbsp;Thomas Caltagirone</a>, D-Berks, has sponsored a bill requiring mental health training for police and district judges. Under the current system, he claims that many people who should be treated in a mental health clinic are instead placed in jail because there is not enough room.</p><p>One solution he recommends is to use closed prisons for these potential patients and make them into mental health facilities. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 18:20:00 +0000 Nick Frost 17823 at New Mental Health Training Proposed for Law Enforcement & Judges Increasing Need for Mental Health Professionals in College Counseling Centers <p>On college campuses across the country, mental health is becoming an increasing concern. In the past year, one in five students have received a psychiatric diagnosis or been treated for mental health issues.</p><p>As a result, there is a rising demand for mental health professionals to provide the proper treatment for students. According to Tevya Zukor, Director of the University of Pittsburgh <a href="">Counseling Center</a>, there's an increased need because of the de-stigmatization of mental health issues among the public.</p><p>He says students are seeking treatment at earlier ages and many come into college with a history of mental health treatment. A second reason is that in the past 10 to 15 years there have been huge advancements in psychotropic medicine. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:36:10 +0000 Kate Martin 15978 at Increasing Need for Mental Health Professionals in College Counseling Centers Bill Could Make Free Counseling More Available to Veterans <p>The state House is advancing a proposal to make it easier for military veterans to receive free mental health counseling in less formal settings.<br><br>The bill would change licensing rules to allow retired mental health professionals to volunteer their services through approved groups serving veterans and their families, as well as military personnel.<br> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:02:43 +0000 Mary Wilson 11826 at Mental Health and Substance Abuse are Public Health Issues, HHS Official Says <p>A top administrator from the federal Department of Health and Human Services came to Pittsburgh on Friday to speak to leaders in the mental health community about the push to recognize mental health and substance abuse issues as a public health issue.</p><p>“I think a lot of people, especially in the public, have viewed mental health and substance abuse as sort of a social problem,” said Pamela Hyde, administrator of SAMSHA, the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:40:38 +0000 Erika Beras 11458 at When Violence Strikes, What About Mental Health? <p></p><p></p><p>The last couple years have seen high profile mass shootings and terrorist attacks — Aurora, Newtown, Boston.</p><p>Here in Pittsburgh we’ve seen the same. Last year a gunman opened fire at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, killing one person and injuring seven. And in 2009, a man walked into an aerobics class at an L.A. Fitness and started shooting, killing three women and injuring nine.</p><p>There are also regular incidents of community and street violence. Last month a gunman injured two women and killed a 15-month-old in the East Hills.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Erika Beras 11216 at When Violence Strikes, What About Mental Health? DPW Initiative Aimed at Reducing Mental Health Stigma <p>The state Department of Public Welfare wants to reduce mental health stigma.</p><p>A new initiative, "Mental Health Matters," is being funded by a reduction in Community Hospital Integration Program Project, or CHIPP, funding to a county that was unable to move clients into the community in the time frame that was originally planned and from money set aside for litigation needs that wasn’t used, according to department spokeswoman Donna Morgan.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 18:05:59 +0000 WESA Staff 9526 at Allegheny Co. Public Health Commission Hopes To Prevent Violence <p>Leaders hope a new commission will reduce violence and promote positive mental health in Allegheny County.</p><p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said he formed the Public Health Commission on Preventing Gun Violence and Promoting Community Mental Health upon request of state Rep. Ed Gainey of the 24<sup>th</sup> Legislative District.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 18:28:18 +0000 WESA Staff 9264 at