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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.

Generation at risk: America’s youngest facing mental health crisis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in five American children ages 3 through 17 — about 15-million — have a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder in a given year. Learn more in this story from NBC News.

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.

Let’s Make 2018 The Year to Step Up for Persons with Disabilities

This article from The Huffington Post says we should resolve to make 2018 a year to Step Up for the decriminalization of people with mental disabilities and work to provide opportunities to live, work, learn and participate fully in their communities. Read it here.

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.