May 4th Mental Health and Dignity Day: Organizing Events in Communities Near You

Mental Health and Dignity Day

Every year communities across the country recognize mental health awareness in the month of May. This year a group of advocates are organizing to proclaim May 4th as Mental Health and Dignity Day. They are using the power of social media and grass roots organizing as a way of encouraging others to organize events in theirRead More

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April 8th Webinar: “Brain Plasticity: What Is It and Why Is It Important?”

Tuesday, April 8, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Eastern Time Speaker: Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D. Alfred E. Mirsky Professor Head, Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology The Rockefeller University Dr. McEwen’s research has contributed significantly to elucidating the impact of stress and sex hormones on the brain’s chemistry and structure. Dr. McEwen’s emphasis is onRead More

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Video of the AEI Event, “Fixing the mental health care system: What Congress can do”

More than 9 million Americans have a serious mental illness, more than 3 million do not have treatment, and between 20 and 50 percent of all US inmates have a mental illness. How can we attempt to combat these challenges? On Friday, AEI’s Sally Satel hosted Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA) to discuss flaws in currentRead More

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Effexor XR Recall (3 lots)

A voluntary nationwide recall of 3 different lots of the antidepressant venlafaxine (Effexor, Pfizer Inc) has been issued by the drug’s manufacturer owing to possible contamination with a heart drug and subsequent potentially fatal consequences. As a precaution, Pfizer Inc is recalling 1 lot of 30-count Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCI) 150 mg extended-release capsules, 1Read More

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Police Confront Rising Number of Mentally Ill Suspects

James Boyd, a homeless man camping in the Sandia Foothills here, could hear the commands of the police officers who were trying to move him out. The problem was that Mr. Boyd, 38, had a history of mental illness, and so was living in a different reality, one in which he was a federal agentRead More

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Preparing for the Knock on the Door

The knock on the door I knew would someday come was here. It was a bitter cold January night, about 11:15 pm. Two very kind but somber police officers brought news I already had felt in my heart—that my son was never coming home again. My son Joey had been killed earlier that evening. HeRead More

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Margery’s Picks and Pans: April Book Review

The Day The Voices Stopped cover pic

Book Reviewed:      The Day the Voices Stopped: A Memoir of Madness and Hope By Ken Steele and Claire Berman Copyright 2001 Available on for $11.61   Kindle Edition  $9.99 Reviews of this book: “Astonishing …. A mind-boggling account that will change the way readers respond to mental illness.” –Kirkus Reviews “The Day the Voices Stopped willRead More

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SARDAA Executive Director, Linda Stalters attended Rep. Tim Murphy’s hearing: “Where have all the patients gone?” and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) event, entitled “Fixing the mental health care system: What Congress can do,” in Washington, D.C.

Linda Stalters and Rep. Tim Murphy

In 1950 there were more than 559,000 psychiatric beds in the United States, today there are fewer than 45,000. This staggering lack of inpatient options for those with serious mental illness has put a tremendous strain on public services. Rep. Murphy convened an investigative hearing this week to explore the effects of this shortage, whichRead More

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