When you feel that disconnected and that unattached to have someone make that bond with you is a powerful healing…September 17, 2020
Kay Warren, wife of Saddleback Church founder Rick Warren, but more importantly mother of a son Matthew who lived withÂ BPD, which tragically led to his suicide in 2013. Since her sonâ€™s death, Kay has become a passionate advocate forÂ mental healthÂ awareness, bringing hope into places of wrenching despair through her searing personal experience. In November 2014, Kay spoke at the 19th UCLA psychiatry and psychopharmacology conference where she powerfully articulated much of the above advice to doctors when asked whatÂ mental healthÂ providers should be doing differently,more » Read More
A few years back I was asked by my psychiatrist, the same one who gave me the idea for my superhero article, to collaborate with him on an article to be published in a doctor’s academic journal. The article would be from my perspective as a borderline personality disorder (BPD) patient offering advice to doctors on how to treat people with BPD more effectively. I was deeply honored,more » Read More
By Molly Vencel, the research intern at the Treatment Advocacy Center, September 9, 2020
Methadone maintenance may be an effective treatment for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and opioid use disorder, according to a new study published in Schizophrenia Bulletin Open from researchers at McMaster University.
While many with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders lack access to mental health treatment, even fewer have access to treatment for co-occurring disorders. Opioid use disorder has reached crisis levels in recent years,more » Read More
New York Times, 9/4/220 Briefing by By David Leonhardt. Photo: Daniel Prude, right, and his brother, Joe.Credit…Roth and Roth LLP, via Associated Press
On March 23, just a day after having gone to the hospital for mental health problems, a 41-year-old man named Daniel Prude bolted out of his brother Joe’s home in Rochester, N.Y, wearing few clothes. Joe was scared about what might happen to his brother.
So he did what many Americans do when facing an emergency involving mental illness.more » Read More
Suicide is a major public health concern. More than 48,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. For more information on suicide prevention, visit the NIMH health topic page or download their brochures.
Help raise awareness by sharing resources that help others recognize the warning signs for suicide and know how to get help.more » Read More
Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) Shows Promise as Possible Alternative to ECT for Reducing Major Depression and Suicidality
BBRF.org eNews, August 31, 2020
A Toronto-based research team that includes four BBRF grantees is exploring magnetic seizure therapy (MST) as a potential alternative treatment to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The team has just published its latest assessment, regarding MST’s effectiveness in reducing suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
ECT, which has evolved substantially since its introduction in 1938, has proven very effective for the relief of major depression symptoms and suicidal behavior in patients who have failed to respond to antidepressant medications—enabling 40% to 70% to achieve remissions which often last for months.more » Read More