Winter 2014 Mental Health News Roundup

Thanks for visiting the Kennedy Forum’s website. This winter, we’ve collected various articles which we think would be of interest to our readers. Please enjoy the six articles below, and let us know if you have any feedback in the comments area.

Excerpt: “When you use ‘the mentally ill’ as a term, it depersonalizes everybody,” McNulty says. “The term I recommend is ‘people with the lived experience of mental illness’ or ‘people with the lived experience of schizophrenia’ or ‘people living with schizophrenia or bipolar or what-have-you.’ Because most of the people we meet are going along pretty successfully.”

In talking about mental health, ‘people-first’ terminology eases stigma

Excerpt: A new report finds that 43.8 million adults (age 18 or older) experienced a diagnosable mental illness in 2013. The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also finds that 10 million adults experienced a serious mental illness and 15.7 million adults experienced a major depressive episode in 2013. These results are consistent with 2012 findings.

Nearly one in five adult Americans experienced mental illness in 2013

Excerpt: Federal law is clear that insurers can no longer discriminate against patients with mental illness, including substance use. But how many people know what constitutes a violation under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)? Patients who know their rights are better equipped to protect their rights.

Mental Health Parity Parity Poster Helps Patients Report Unfair Insurance Practices

Excerpt: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Monday that it would investigate prescription drug coverage and other benefits offered by health insurance companies to see if they discriminated against people with AIDS, mental illness, diabetes or other costly chronic conditions.

The administration said it had become aware of “discriminatory benefit designs” that discouraged people from enrolling because of age or medical condition.

Obama Administration to Investigate Insurers for Bias Against Costly Conditions

Excerpt: Language reveals a lot about a person’s mental state. So researchers are hoping the messages people share on Twitter will shed new light on mental illness research.

Researchers’ latest weapon in the fight against mental illness? Twitter.

Excerpt: The USA could dramatically improve the lives of the 10 million Americans with serious mental illness if it would make wider use of proven programs.

Solutions to woes of mentally ill exist but aren’t used

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