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More leeway for states to expand inpatient mental health

The federal government is allowing states to provide more inpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness by tapping Medicaid, a potentially far-reaching move to address issues from homelessness to violence. Learn more in this story from ABC News.

More kids are showing up in ERs with mental health crises

An increasing number of children are showing up in U.S. emergency rooms due to mental health crises, according to research. "It'sshocking, really," said one expert. Learn more in this story from NBC News.  

Helping Patients in Minority Communities Cope With Serious Mental Illness

Minorities face obstacles to receiving care, but many groups are working to break down those barriers.
Learn more in this story from U.S. News and World Report.

One in three college freshmen struggle with mental health—here are 4 things you can do

Researchers from the World Health Organization surveyed nearly 14,000 first-year college students and found that 35 percent struggled with a mental illness. Learn more in this story from CNBC.

Insurance system still discriminates against mental illness. Time to fight back.

"No one expects to develop a mental illness or substance use disorder, which, by law, are supposed to be covered by insurance to the same extent as physical conditions," writes contributor Patrick J. Kennedy in USA Today.

ABC News anchor reflects on mental health, on-air panic attack during speech

Dan Harris told audience members about how the panic attack impacted his nearly 20-year career at ABC, both professionally and personally. Read more here.

How to Make the Most of a Mental Health Day

A mental health day may be exactly what you need. Find out why in this article from

Pro Football Hall of Fame Honoree Brian Dawkins discusses career-long battle with depression

“The pain I was feeling was tremendous,” Dawkins said. “But then, I found a way to control it."
Read more in this story from Yahoo Sports.

World Health Organization to classify 'gaming disorder' as mental health condition

Although gaming disorder is not prevalent, characteristics include a loss of control and escalation despite negative consequences. Learn more in this story from CNN.

The Rise And Rise Of Suicide: We Must Remove The Stigma Of Mental Illness

Suicide is on the rise globally, accounting for nearly one million deaths annually. While we may not all suffer from mental illness, we each have a role to play in ensuring that those who do suffer feel less afraid to reach out and get the support they need in the moments when they need it most. 
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How one family is educating students, teachers on mental health

Washington state parents who lost their son to suicide are reacing out to provide resources to others about mental health — especially to high school students — and to work toward reducing the stigma surrounding related issues. Read about their efforts in this story from NBC News.

Entering Adulthood With Autism

Across the country, thousands of parents of autistic grapple with concerns like this every year: The daily support provided through public school systems ends with graduation, and many young adults who age out of high school programs and fall off the so-called services cliff can struggle to transition successfully into adulthood. Learn more in this story from U.S. News & World Report.

First baby with Down syndrome wins Gerber baby of the year

A one-year-old from Georgia is the first child with Down syndrome to become a Gerber baby. His name is Lucas, and his smile is infectious! Meet him now, in this story from USA Today.

The Most Important Missing Link for Mental Health Today

By adding the lens of nutrition, diet, and digestion to your personal toolbox, you can forever change your approach to self-care and enhance the efficacy of your eating habits for optimal energy, health, and emotional well-being. Find out why and how, in this article from Psychology Today.

What Kate Middleton Just Said About Kid's Mental Health is a Good Topic for the Workplace, Too

In a recent visit to a school in London, royal mom Kate Middleton mentioned how the first step in dealing with mental health is to have a conversation. Learn more now.

Michael Phelps: Helping others with depression "light years better" than Olympic gold

Olympic champion Michael Phelps said his new mission is to talk about his struggles with depression, in the hopes of encouraging others to do the same and get help when they need it most. Read more in this story from CBS News.

Trump orders mental health support for military veterans to prevent suicide

President Trump's order is designed to ensure all uniformed service members have access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources in the first year following military service. Read more now from CNBC.

Federal policy is changing for the better on mental health

The federal Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee has been preparing the first of two reports to Congress describing how to improve services for those with serious mental illnesses. The committee is made up of leaders from multiple federal agencies and select members of the public, and was established in December 2016 through bipartisan health care reform. Learn more now.

Study finds Teen marijuana use may lead to bipolar symptoms later on

Research explores how cannabis use among teenagers is linked with hypomania in early adulthood.
Read more from Medical News Today.

Hip-hop works to break down mental health stigma for African-American men

In recent years, hip-hop music has increasingly served as a catalyst for awareness and created a culture that promotes discussion, especially within the African-American community. Learn more in this story from NBC News.