Tag Archives: Mental Health

Oregon will spend big to promote youth mental health at school

Beginning next school year, Oregon plans to pump an additional $1 billion dollars a year into public schools and early childhood programs — and a significant chunk of that money must be used to improve students’ mental and behavioral health. Lawmakers on the powerful House and Senate committee that formulated the ambitious business tax-for-education plan […]
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‘Gravely Disabled’ Homeless Forced Into Mental Health Care in More States

Nearly a third of U.S. homeless people are living with serious, untreated mental illness. Often, when she got high on meth, “Melanie,” who suffers from schizophrenia, would strip naked and run screaming straight into San Francisco traffic. Invariably, police would bring her to the hospital, where she’d undergo treatment. There, her psychotic symptoms would quickly […]
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In Oregon, academic pressures, existential fears help explain rising rates of suicide, mental health conditions

Portland teen Sheherazade Weyland, 18, answers young people’s crisis calls and texts at a crisis hotline for children and teens. Calls to the Oregon YouthLine range in severity from distress about a thwarted crush to a young person actively considering suicide. And Weyland and other volunteers at the YouthLine see a clear trend: Among young […]
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Recent suicidal incidents point to larger problems

Recent suicidal incidents point to larger problems. When officers responded to a domestic disturbance between two people at a home on West Standard Avenue last month, they were told the man inside could be armed with a gun. They knew from training if both of his hands were visible and empty, the risk of someone […]
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Gov. Brown’s task force calls for more psychiatric beds for Oregon foster kids

Oregon is now housing 37 foster care children in out-of-state facilities, down from its peak of 88 in March. A joint effort between the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Human Services and the Governor’s Office hopes to continue to reduce that by finding 15 more beds at in-patient facilities in Oregon by the end of […]
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Students hope making mental health days legit reduces stigma, spurs conversations

We all would like the opportunity to take a break — from school, work or even just everyday struggles when it gets to be too much to manage. Now, thanks to a student-led initiative, Oregon’s students can take that break with honesty. Source: Students hope making mental health days legit reduces stigma, spurs conversations – […]
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Kids’ mental health help comes into the school

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 At 9 on a chilly February morning in Austin, Elizabeth Minne met in her office with a […]
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It’s time to replace the suicide hotline with a three-digit dialing code

Nearly 1 in 5 American adults live with a mental-health condition; nearly half of those afflicted report having an unmet need for services. The suicide rate is increasing, too. In 2014, about 10 million Americans seriously considered suicide, and more than 1 million attempted it. These are our neighbors, our co-workers, family members, friends and […]
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Mental health issues are nothing to kid around about

Schools see rise in student anxiety, depression and other problems and are taking steps to help. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for kids aged 10 to 24. Educators report students acting out and assaulting each other and teachers more frequently and more violently. And, of course, a good share of the mass […]
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Gun owners and mental health professionals aligning on suicide prevention

A rare alliance between gun enthusiasts and mental health experts has resulted in a culturally sensitive way to talk about suicide. Suicides rates are rising, and the role of guns is stark, unavoidable and contentious. So it may be remarkable that some health professionals have taken the unusual step of partnering with gun owners in […]
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