mental health http://nhpr.org en Stressed Out: Who, Why, And How http://nhpr.org/post/stressed-out-who-why-and-how <p>From major challenges like chronic illness or financial problems to minor annoyances like traffic jams or inconsiderate neighbors, stress affects us all.&nbsp; For some, it can be overwhelming, while others find ways to cope and even use it to their advantage. In connection with the NPR series on this topic, we’re exploring the latest thinking on stress.</p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 52082 at http://nhpr.org Stressed Out: Who, Why, And How Hassan Signs $11 Million Mental Health Package http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-signs-11-million-mental-health-package <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Hassan has signed legislation designed to strengthen the state’s mental health system, a result of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2012.</span></p><p>The law allocates roughly $11 million through next fiscal year for increased community-based treatment options including supportive housing and crisis response teams. It is the first portion of a $30 million settlement agreement reached in December.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:47:21 +0000 Todd Bookman 51764 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Signs $11 Million Mental Health Package 7.08.14: Misused Science Terms, Women's Prisons, And Mental Illness In The NBA http://nhpr.org/post/70814-misused-science-terms-womens-prisons-and-mental-illness-nba <p>Prove it, innate, survival of the fittest, organic… scientific terminology is part of our everyday language, but are we using the terms correctly? Today we’re testing the theory of misusing scientific terms. And, with the state breaking ground on a new women’s prison next month, we’ll consider whether the specific needs of female inmates can be addressed by re-thinking prison design. Then, mental illness creates a stigma that is almost impossible to erase, even for sports celebrities. We wonder: why isn’t Delonte West in the NBA?</p><p>Listen to the full show and <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:59:44 +0000 Word of Mouth 51509 at http://nhpr.org 7.08.14: Misused Science Terms, Women's Prisons, And Mental Illness In The NBA Statewide Mental Health First Aid Training Program Kicks Off http://nhpr.org/post/statewide-mental-health-first-aid-training-program-kicks <p></p><p>Senator Kelly Ayotte and Representative Ann McLane Kuster were in Manchester on Monday to help kick off New Hampshire’s new mental health first aid program.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Once this week’s training is complete, the 30 participants will be certified as mental health first aid instructors.</span></p><p>Suellen Griffin is Executive Director of West Center Behavioral Health in Lebanon.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:38:51 +0000 Michael Brindley 51447 at http://nhpr.org Statewide Mental Health First Aid Training Program Kicks Off Rising Concerns About Childhood Anxiety http://nhpr.org/post/rising-concerns-about-childhood-anxiety-0 <p>Childhood has always had its fears - from monsters under the bed, to sleep-away camp, to schoolyard bullies. But normal jitters, about these and other childhood challenges, become an issue when they interfere with regular activities, from riding the bus to going to bed at night. And this kind of debilitating anxiety seems to be on the rise: now affecting close to 1 in 5 &nbsp;kids. Tue, 20 May 2014 13:00:06 +0000 The Exchange 48747 at http://nhpr.org Rising Concerns About Childhood Anxiety Mental Health Records-Gun Bill Dies In N.H. House http://nhpr.org/post/mental-health-records-gun-bill-dies-nh-house <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">T<span style="font-size: 11px;">he House has killed a bill that allowed people barred from buying guns for mental health reasons to prove to a judge they're capable of owning a firearm.</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:44:22 +0000 Associated Press 47681 at http://nhpr.org Mental Health Records-Gun Bill Dies In N.H. House Moving Ahead On Mental Health Care http://nhpr.org/post/moving-ahead-mental-health-care <p>In the 1990s, New Hampshire topped national rankings for its mental health system. Over the past twenty years, however, care has deteriorated to the point of crisis. With the erosion of community-based care, a ‘revolving door’ pattern of hospital admissions, and an alarming number of mentally ill Granite Staters in our prisons and jails. And so, in early 2012, the Disabilities Rights Center filed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of six plaintiffs who had experienced prolonged stays in state institutions. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 43749 at http://nhpr.org Moving Ahead On Mental Health Care Federal Judge Gives Final Approval To Mental Health Settlement http://nhpr.org/post/federal-judge-gives-final-approval-mental-health-settlement <p>Calling the deal a “responsible resolution,” Judge Steven McAuliffe approved a major settlement agreement on Wednesday that will bring more resources to people in crisis.</p><p>Plaintiffs had brought a class action suit against the state, alleging that a lack of services resulted in unnecessary institutionalization of people with mental illness. The U.S. Department of Justice joined the case, saying the state was violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:33:07 +0000 Todd Bookman 43472 at http://nhpr.org Mental Health Checks And Gun Rights http://nhpr.org/post/mental-health-checks-and-gun-rights <p>A new bill would prohibit gun sales to some with mental illness. Supporters say it’s a common sense public safety measure. But there has been fierce opposition from some gun-rights groups, and from advocates who say the mentally ill are being unfairly singled out and are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violence.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 42514 at http://nhpr.org Mental Health Checks And Gun Rights News Primer: Fixing New Hampshire’s Mental Health System http://nhpr.org/post/news-primer-fixing-new-hampshire-s-mental-health-system <p>Attacks by<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/six-months-after-attack-family-works-recover"> two psychiatric patients awaiting treatment</a> at Manchester’s Elliot Hospital last year underscored the well-documented problems with New Hampshire’s mental health system.</p><p>In December, the state agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed in 2012 on behalf of six plaintiffs who had cycled in and out of emergency rooms and the state mental hospital. The state has agreed to spend $30 million over the next three years to re-build its community-based system of care, once considered a national model.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 42160 at http://nhpr.org News Primer: Fixing New Hampshire’s Mental Health System Six Months After Attack, A Family Works To Recover http://nhpr.org/post/six-months-after-attack-family-works-recover <p>The state’s mental health system has been under tremendous strain in recent years. Cuts to services in the community, combined with dwindling in-patient beds, mean patients in crisis end up waiting days for treatment--sometimes longer-- inside ill-equipped emergency rooms.</p><p>Last summer, two violent attacks inside Manchester’s Elliot Hospital ER brought to light just how unstable the situation has become.&nbsp;</p><p>Donald Wyman was one of the victims of those assaults. He worked as a nursing assistant, but six months later, he’s still working toward recovery.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 42048 at http://nhpr.org Six Months After Attack, A Family Works To Recover N.H. Veterans And Post Traumatic Stress http://nhpr.org/post/nh-veterans-and-post-traumatic-stress <p>After more than a decade of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, American troops are coming home.&nbsp; For many, it’s a wonderful time, to return to family and a normal life. But for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, the transition is a rough road.&nbsp;&nbsp; In New Hampshire, more a quarter who fought in these wars say they’ve struggled with PTSD, and a fifth with some kind of brain injury. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 41828 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Veterans And Post Traumatic Stress State Agrees To $30 Million Settlement In Mental Health Lawsuit http://nhpr.org/post/state-agrees-30-million-settlement-mental-health-lawsuit <p>The state of New Hampshire has agreed to settle a major class-action lawsuit over its treatment of residents with serious mental illness.</p><p>Under the terms of the agreement announced Thursday, the state will spend an additional $30 million on expanding services for the strained mental health system over the next 4 years.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:33:16 +0000 Todd Bookman & Brady Carlson 40491 at http://nhpr.org Is Preventing Suicide A Better Gun Control Argument? http://nhpr.org/post/preventing-suicide-better-gun-control-argument <p>Since Newtown, debates over gun violence have focused largely on how to keep guns out of the hands of people who kill other people. The truth is that - by a margin of nearly 2 to 1 - suicide is the leading cause of death by gun violence.</p><p></p><p>It’s a toll not often discussed, but one that some law enforcement and public health officials say is worsened by easy access to guns.&nbsp; We spoke to <strong>Leon Neyfakh</strong> this past January when he <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/01/20/the-gun-toll-ignoring-suicide/xeWBHDHEvvagfkRlU3CfZJ/story.html" target="_blank">wrote about the topic</a> in the Ideas section of The Boston Globe.</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:34:18 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20880 at http://nhpr.org Is Preventing Suicide A Better Gun Control Argument? Assessing Mental Health Care: One Year After Newtown http://nhpr.org/post/assessing-mental-health-care-one-year-after-newtown <p>The unthinkable event that left twenty school kids and six teachers dead in Newtown, Connecticut last year, stunned a nation. But Newtown didn’t stand alone; there have been many incidents in the last few years that left us in disbelief, like the ones at Virginia Tech, Washington’s naval shipyard, an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, and a Wisconsin Sikh Temple. The two things they had in common: a gun was used, and in many cases the perpetrator had a mental illness. This year, as debates crossed the country about gun control; the question ‘are we doing enough for the mentally ill?’ arose. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 39955 at http://nhpr.org Assessing Mental Health Care: One Year After Newtown