Like a lot of people, when I first heard that the pilot who crashed a jet into the Alps last week had a note from a doctor saying he was unfit to fly and that he'd suffered from mental illness, I assumed the system had failed him — and failed the 149 other people aboard that airliner.
This week, I have a personal call to action: Asking your state Representatives to support SHB 1047, the secure drug take-back bill. In order to stay alive, this bill (now in the House Rules Committee) needs to be pulled from Rules and receive a floor vote by 5PM on Wednesday, March 8.
With enough phone calls and emails to legislators, this will happen!
More adolescents than ever are struggling with their mental health. While not a shock, this reality comes with concerns: How do we help adolescents? How do we fix mental health issues? Where do we target adolescents who need the help? The Boston Herald’s Kathleen McKiernan investigates the answers that we as a community so desperately need in Special Report: Schools face surge in suicide attempts.
This morning, I submitted a testimony before the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, which is considering several pieces of legislation related to substance abuse prevention and treatment. My testimony was in support of House Bill 1047, a drug take-back program to protect public health through safe storage and disposal of medications:
It's that time of the year again, where we reflect on the past twelve months and make New Year’s resolutions. In the suicide prevention field, we look towards 2017 while learning from new data, ideas, and tools.
Passing in a landslide, the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R.34) is on its way to President Obama’s desk next Tuesday. Hailed as the most significant piece of mental health legislation in nearly a decade, it is designed to reform and increase funding for research, approval, and delivery of lifesaving cures and treatment.
President Obama’s 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day proclamation called upon Americans “to join with neighbors across the globe … [and] get people critical help when they are in crisis and raise awareness of the importance of preventing suicide in every community.”
Gabrielle Glaser’s recent New York Times article, A Suicidologist’s New Challenge: The George Washington Bridge, about the 30-plus years of work of Maddy Gould, Professor at Columbia University, provides a great summary of some of the challenges and groundbreaking work in suicide prevention.