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In memory of Josh Francisco

[One year ago, on Nov 8, 2014] His mother wrote: My son killed himself today…. READ MORE

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in Mental Health Crisis Day

New study: stigma not major barrier to treatment for people with mental illness

The Rand Corporation just released a major study of Mental Health Stigma in the Military that found:"Despite popular opinion and a strong theoretical base that stigma deters treatment-seeking, we were unable to identify empirical literature to support this link ... (W)e are unable to link military mental health stigma to changes in treatment seeking behaviors … READ MORE


On Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)

The “Report of the Study Commission on Violence in NJ”  has a section that studied Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) in NJ starting on page 52. It says: "Outpatient commitment has proven to be a valuable tool in treating mental illness in the community and reducing inpatient hospitalization. Individuals who can benefit from this program should have access to it regardless of their county of residence. … READ MORE

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Support The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, HR2646.

Find out what else you can do on our Take Action page

New dynamic imaging techniques provide a deeper look at the disease process of schizophrenia and Alzheimer's

The movie lasts just a few seconds, but in a few disturbing, color-coded frames it reveals what happens to the brains of Alzheimer's patients as they descend from worrisome memory lapses into dementia.

Paul Thompson, the UCLA neuroscientist whose team created these first-ever sequences of a disease engulfing the living human brain, sees them as a significant step toward earlier diagnosis, more effective treatment, and -- eventually -- prevention or cure of brain-destroying diseases. … READ MORE