mental health http://wnpr.org en Training Connecticut Police in Mental Health 101 http://wnpr.org/post/training-connecticut-police-mental-health-101 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How do you tell the difference between someone who needs to be taken to jail and someone who needs to be taken to the hospital? That’s a big concern in Connecticut, where the intersection of law enforcement and mental health has been a huge issue since the Newtown shootings of 2012.&nbsp;</span></p><p>WNPR spent time with police officers to learn about their training in mental health.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:45:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 20318 at http://wnpr.org Training Connecticut Police in Mental Health 101 The Boston Marathon Bombing and the Road to Resilience http://wnpr.org/post/boston-marathon-bombing-and-road-resilience <p> Consider America from 1985 to 2000. You wouldn't say nothing happened in those 15 years but America was a fairly calm place to be most of the time.</p><p>Now consider the period that came next. It began with a <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/future/landmark_bush.html">presidential election s</a>o riddled with such uncertainties that the effort to confirm the result dragged on for days and went to the Supreme Court.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:52:44 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 20127 at http://wnpr.org The Boston Marathon Bombing and the Road to Resilience An Honest Look at Mental Illness at The Connecticut Forum http://wnpr.org/post/honest-look-mental-illness-connecticut-forum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For a bit more than a year, we’ve been trying to find different ways to tell the stories of mental health and mental illness in America.</span></p><p>The shootings at Sandy Hook presented a national narrative that was conducted at two poles. On one end, we made the conversation about guns. On the other, it was about mental illness.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It seems we conducted these different conversations the same way: too simply, with too little nuance, and too little listening to others.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many seemed content in their belief that we really knew all that we could know about that incident, and about that shooter; t</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat just keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, and strengthening our mental health system, would solve our problems.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:11:12 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 19709 at http://wnpr.org An Honest Look at Mental Illness at The Connecticut Forum Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again http://wnpr.org/post/shooting-unfairly-links-violence-mental-illness-again With the Army's disclosure that Army Spc. Ivan Lopez was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder before he went on a shooting rampage Wednesday, there were once again questions about whether the Army could have prevented the violence at Fort Hood.<p>Experts in mental health say (even as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/03/298708884/what-do-we-know-about-the-fort-hood-gunman">more facts</a> about Lopez emerge) that it's highly unlikely the violence could have been predicted. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 19573 at http://wnpr.org Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Refugee Students http://wnpr.org/post/meeting-mental-health-needs-refugee-students <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Refugees face many challenges after resettling in a new country and it can be especially hard for children. On Saturday&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at Luce Hall Auditorium</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;Yale School of Medicine and Yale's MacMillan Center are hosting a conference for educators to learn about ways to help refugee students adjust.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:41:57 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 19566 at http://wnpr.org Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Refugee Students Meet the King of Anxiety http://wnpr.org/post/meet-king-anxiety <p></p><p><em>From Faith Middleton:</em> Roughly 40 million Americans reportedly say they have struggled with anxiety issues. Why wouldn't we in such a surprising world? Still, there are anxiety sufferers and there are ANXIETY SUFFERERS. Scott Stossel is one of the latter.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:21:36 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 18995 at http://wnpr.org Meet the King of Anxiety Kids Benefit From Counseling At The Pediatrician's Office http://wnpr.org/post/kids-benefit-counseling-pediatricians-office Pediatricians often recommend some mental health counseling for children who have behavior problems like defiance and tantrums. But counseling can be hard to find. Children are much more likely to get help if the counselor is right there in the doctor's office, a study finds.<p>The children in the study had behavior problems, and many also had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or anxiety. They were 8 years old, on average, and two-thirds were boys.<p>Half of the 321 children were referred to outside counselors who took the family's insurance. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:03:00 +0000 editor 18936 at http://wnpr.org Kids Benefit From Counseling At The Pediatrician's Office Insurers Often Don't Cover Residential Rehab http://wnpr.org/post/insurers-often-dont-cover-residential-rehab <p>In 2012, a legislative committee found seven percent of&nbsp;Connecticut&nbsp;adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 had substance abuse issues. And the majority of those who needed treatment did not receive it.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the last story of a three-part series, </span>WNPR <span style="line-height: 1.5;">reports on the challenges families encounter with their insurance plans when seeking help for their teenage son or daughter.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18786 at http://wnpr.org Insurers Often Don't Cover Residential Rehab Few Residential Treatment Programs for Connecticut Adolescents http://wnpr.org/post/few-residential-treatment-programs-connecticut-adolescents <p>One out of every 22 Connecticut high schoolers has taken medication such as painkillers that weren’t prescribed for them, according to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health. In the second of a three-part series, WNPR looks at treatment options available for local teens with substance abuse issues.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18700 at http://wnpr.org Few Residential Treatment Programs for Connecticut Adolescents Addiction: A Guilford Family's Story http://wnpr.org/post/addiction-guilford-familys-story <p>A big increase in opiate overdoses nationwide has focused attention on substance abuse. Nine&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">out of ten adults suffering from addiction said they began using drugs or alcohol when they were adolescents.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the first of a three-part series on youth battling addiction, WNPR introduces you to the Harmons of Guilford.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:45:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18628 at http://wnpr.org Addiction: A Guilford Family's Story For Sandy Hook Killer's Father, Tragedy Outweighs Love For His Son http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-killers-father-tragedy-outweighs-love-his-son We still don't know why Adam Lanza killed his mother, then 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School before turning a gun on himself in December 2012. But we do know more about Lanza's life, what his doctors had to say about him and what his parents did to try to help him.<p>His father, Peter Lanza, broke his media silence by granting a series of interviews to writer Andrew Solomon. They met six times for interviews that lasted up to seven hours. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:52:00 +0000 editor 18389 at http://wnpr.org For Sandy Hook Killer's Father, Tragedy Outweighs Love For His Son Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Still Has Limited Access to Records http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-advisory-commission-still-has-limited-access-records <p>This week, <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/03/17/140317fa_fact_solomon?currentPage=all" target="_blank"><em>The New Yorker</em> published an article by Andrew Solomon featuring an extended interview with Peter Lanza</a>, the father of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza.</p><p>A member of Governor Dannel Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission said the interview does provide more information on the killer's medical and psychological background, but the commission has had limited access to other information while putting together its report.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:01:48 +0000 Tucker Ives 18317 at http://wnpr.org Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Still Has Limited Access to Records Sandy Hook Killer's Father Wishes His Son Hadn't Been Born http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-killers-father-wishes-his-son-hadnt-been-born "How much do I beat up on myself about the fact that he's my son? A lot."<p><em>The New Yorker</em> has <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/03/17/140317fa_fact_solomon?currentPage=all" target="_blank">posted a long piece</a> based on six interviews with Peter Lanza, whose son Adam <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/167276841/shootings-in-newtown-conn" target="_blank">killed 20 first-graders and six adults</a> at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18153 at http://wnpr.org Sandy Hook Killer's Father Wishes His Son Hadn't Been Born Father of Adam Lanza Speaks Publicly About Newtown Massacre http://wnpr.org/post/father-adam-lanza-speaks-publicly-about-newtown-massacre <p>For the first time since the Newtown school shooting, the father of gunman Adam Lanza&nbsp;is speaking publicly.<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/03/17/140317fa_fact_solomon?currentPage=all" target="_blank"> Peter Lanza told <em>The New Yorker</em> magazine, in an extensive interview</a>&nbsp;by Andrew Solomon, about his relationship with Adam.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:26:07 +0000 Heather Brandon & Tucker Ives 18146 at http://wnpr.org Father of Adam Lanza Speaks Publicly About Newtown Massacre Mental Illness, Jayson Blair, and Women Composers http://wnpr.org/post/mental-illness-jayson-blair-and-women-composers <p>Life with bipolar disorder is not easy for anyone. For a prominent psychiatrist, it has provided a very important window into how to treat others. Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison from Johns Hopkins University joins us, author of the bestselling memoir about living with bipolar disorder, <em>An Unquiet Mind</em>. We talk to her in advance of her appearance at Friday night's Connecticut Forum.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:14:12 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18037 at http://wnpr.org Mental Illness, Jayson Blair, and Women Composers Will Connecticut See a Second Maximum Security Facility for Girls? http://wnpr.org/post/will-connecticut-see-second-maximum-security-facility-girls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each year, 1.4 million of the nation’s eleven- to 17-year-olds enter the juvenile justice system. Of these boys and girls, some 71,000 are sent to incarceration facilities, where they may remain for several months in seclusion from the outside world.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:49:12 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 17404 at http://wnpr.org Will Connecticut See a Second Maximum Security Facility for Girls? Keyword Searches for Newtown Commission Open Window Into Process http://wnpr.org/post/keyword-searches-newtown-commission-open-window-process <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is continuing its work.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As it does, </span><a href="http://www.mdmc-law.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the law firm that advises it</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has done a lot of legwork itself, making a searchable database out of the thousands of pages of the Connecticut State Police Newtown investigation. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:08:27 +0000 Jeff Cohen 16858 at http://wnpr.org Keyword Searches for Newtown Commission Open Window Into Process State Cuts Funding for Agencies That Provide Housing Support for the Severely Mentally Ill http://wnpr.org/post/state-cuts-funding-agencies-provide-housing-support-severely-mentally-ill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state has made a funding cut to housing that supports those with severe mental illness. Agencies that serve these clients said they'll have to look for creative ways to make up the difference.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:31:47 +0000 Jeff Cohen 16284 at http://wnpr.org State Cuts Funding for Agencies That Provide Housing Support for the Severely Mentally Ill The Nose Does the Guilt Pose, Spoils Superbowl Commercials, and Survives Anxiety http://wnpr.org/post/nose-does-guilt-pose-spoils-superbowl-commercials-and-survives-anxiety <p>Today on the Nose, we'll discuss one of those eruptions that happen in the digital world -- a frenzy of discussion and expressions of outrage over an essay on the site xojane, by a writer who tried to describe her reactions, as a skinny white woman, to the way she thought a heavyset back woman was reacting to her in yoga class. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:26:46 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 16275 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Does the Guilt Pose, Spoils Superbowl Commercials, and Survives Anxiety Watkinson Extended Play: Using Music as Medicine http://wnpr.org/post/watkinson-extended-play-using-music-medicine <p>There is nothing particularly new about the idea that music can be a palliative or a distraction from pain or physical discomfort associated with illness. But over the last 25 years or so, we’ve seen a rising tide of interest in some that lies well beyond that -- a frontier where music’s actual therapeutic and even, curative powers can be discovered. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:50:35 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 16127 at http://wnpr.org Watkinson Extended Play: Using Music as Medicine The Healing Power of Music: Colin McEnroe at Watkinson School http://wnpr.org/post/healing-power-music-colin-mcenroe-watkinson-school <p>A lot of interconnected things were happening in the 1990s, an oncologist and hematologist&nbsp; named Mitchell Gaynor discovered trough a Tibetan monk, the so-called singing bowls and began incorporating them into the guided meditation and breathing work he did with his patients. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:45:06 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 16110 at http://wnpr.org The Healing Power of Music: Colin McEnroe at Watkinson School Malloy Talks About Mental Health Priorities http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-talks-about-mental-health-priorities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy wants to commit more than $7 million to mental health services annually. &nbsp;The announcement comes as Malloy continues to roll out his agenda for the upcoming legislative session.</span></p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:55:40 +0000 Jeff Cohen 15913 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Talks About Mental Health Priorities Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Meets; Behavioral Health on the Agenda http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-advisory-commission-meets-behavioral-health-agenda <p>Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission met on Friday morning to hear from experts in behavioral health and crisis counseling services.</p><p>The first slate of presenters included Dr. Daniel Dodgen of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Thomas Demaria of Long Island University, and Vincent Giordano of Denizen Consulting. <a href="http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/lib/malloy/SHAC_Agenda_2014.01.24.pdf" target="_blank">Read more in the agenda for the meeting.</a></p><p></p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:49:00 +0000 Heather Brandon 15891 at http://wnpr.org Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Meets; Behavioral Health on the Agenda Connecticut's Emergency Rooms Earn a C Grade in New Study http://wnpr.org/post/connecticuts-emergency-rooms-earn-c-grade-new-study <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new </span><a href="http://www.emreportcard.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">study of emergency medicine ranks&nbsp;Connecticut&nbsp;15th overall</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. One of the biggest concerns is wait time.</span></p><p class="p1">The study, by the&nbsp;American&nbsp;College&nbsp;of Emergency Physicians, gives&nbsp;Connecticut&nbsp;an average grade of C, saying the state has a low rate of fatal injury and its residents have generally good health.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:52:17 +0000 Jeff Cohen 15815 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut's Emergency Rooms Earn a C Grade in New Study New Anxiety Research Targets Brain Using Magnets http://wnpr.org/post/new-anxiety-research-targets-brain-using-magnets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Patients diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder usually have two treatment options: medication or counseling. But new research underway at Hartford Hospital is looking to add a third choice -- magnets.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 15757 at http://wnpr.org New Anxiety Research Targets Brain Using Magnets Why Talk About the (Alleged) Lanza Audio? http://wnpr.org/post/why-talk-about-alleged-lanza-audio <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/exclusive-lanza-twisted-call-radio-station-article-1.1580984">Ever since <em>The New York Daily News </em>published the audio</a> of a phone call to the radio show of an Oregon grunge&nbsp;anarcho-primitivist, I've been wondering what the hell to do with what appears to be the sound of Adam Lanza talking, about a year before the Newtown shootings.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:33:54 +0000 Colin McEnroe 15619 at http://wnpr.org Why Talk About the (Alleged) Lanza Audio? Discussions With Adam Lanza's Father Continue http://wnpr.org/post/discussions-adam-lanzas-father-continue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission met Friday&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to discuss mental health and autism. As it did, it got an update from its chairman, </span>Hamden<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mayor Scott Jackson, on his discussions with the father of Newtown gunman Adam </span>Lanza<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:47:13 +0000 Jeff Cohen & Harriet Jones 15602 at http://wnpr.org Discussions With Adam Lanza's Father Continue Yale Fraternity Members Sued; Esty Stepping Down from DEEP http://wnpr.org/post/yale-fraternity-members-sued-esty-stepping-down-deep <p>Eighty-six current and former members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Yale University are being sued over an accident at a Yale-Harvard football game in 2011. Nancy Berry, 30, of Salem, Massachusetts, was killed after being struck by a rental truck that was heading to the fraternity’s tailgating party outside the Yale Bowl. Lawyers for Barry’s family and another woman who was injured in the accident sued the fraternity members late last month.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:41:30 +0000 Teri McCready 15508 at http://wnpr.org Yale Fraternity Members Sued; Esty Stepping Down from DEEP The Language of Mental Health; 50 Years of Anti-Smoking Efforts; Archaeology Tech at UConn http://wnpr.org/post/language-mental-health-50-years-anti-smoking-efforts-archaeology-tech-uconn <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With mental health issues at the forefront of local and national discussion, the phrase "the mentally ill" has become commonplace in media headlines. But does it really belong there -- or anywhere, for that matter? We talk with Tufts Medical Center’s Psychiatrist-in-Chief about the importance of the words we use when talking about mental illness.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:51:03 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 15349 at http://wnpr.org The Language of Mental Health; 50 Years of Anti-Smoking Efforts; Archaeology Tech at UConn Rare Genetic Mutation Could Lead to New Treatments for Tourette Syndrome http://wnpr.org/post/rare-genetic-mutation-could-lead-new-treatments-tourette-syndrome <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers at Yale have identified a genetic mutation that that could lead to new treatments for Tourette&nbsp;syndrome. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But before we get into that, what's it like to have Tourette's? Just ask </span><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/05/a-strongman-in-the-library.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Josh </a><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/05/a-strongman-in-the-library.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Hanagarne</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who's wrestled with it his whole life.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking on WNPR's </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/programs/colin-mcenroe-show" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The Colin McEnroe Show</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, he described what it's like to live with a disorder that's most well-known for its tics and verbal outbursts.</span></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:13:05 +0000 Patrick Skahill 15152 at http://wnpr.org Rare Genetic Mutation Could Lead to New Treatments for Tourette Syndrome