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S2S: Our Answer to a Call for Help

By: Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, Mental Health America

From the time Mental Health America launched our online mental health screening program in 2014, we have asked screeners what they want. Their most frequent response?  “Help.”

We’ve been thinking a a lot about what screeners need and how we can most effectively provide them help. But what do they mean by “help?”  And does the meaning change based on who is answering the question?

Communities in Distress

By Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO

Tulsa, Milwaukee, Charlotte…

North Charleston, Ferguson, Baltimore…

Orlando, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights…

These are communities forever linked by acts of violence, where in nearly every instance, a person attempting to preserve the peace of the moment lost a life.

Why Do the Classes Stop When the Baby is Born?

By: Nathaniel Counts, J.D., MHA Director of Policy and Kelly Davis, MHA Policy and Programs Associate

When you have your first child, you go to classes throughout your pregnancy. The classes help you feel as comfortable as you can be on the big day. But then the classes stop. You might have made it through pregnancy, but now you suddenly have a baby to take care of – and most parents would tell you that this is hardly the easiest part.

Protecting the Rights of Everyone; Keeping Separate Firearms and Mental Health Reform

By: Paul Gionfriddo, Theresa Nguyen, Nathaniel Counts and Kelly Davis

Advocates have been awaiting – and many dreading – a proposed rule from the Social Security Administration (SSA) relating to firearms ownership among people with certain disabilities.

The rule was proposed today.

Mental Health America Reacts to Senate HELP Legislation

By:  Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a draft of mental health reform legislation this week and invited comments from advocates.  The committee plans to take it up on March 16.

A Mother's Reckoning: A Tragic Story That Builds the Case for Early Intervention

By: Paul Gionfiddo, president and CEO, Mental Health America

We don’t usually use this blog to review books. A Mother’s Reckoning was for me — as it will be for many people — a difficult book to read. It speaks to an incredibly raw and relevant topic.

A Mother’s Reckoning was written by Sue Klebold. Sue’s son Dylan died by suicide in 1999, and she writes of her pain in his passing.

Changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule May Help Distinguish Mental Illness from Violence

By: Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO

Why It's Time to Come Together

By: Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, MHA

Another Big Step in the Journey to Mental Health Reform

By Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, MHA

Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) have now introduced the Mental Health Reform Act of 2015. While Mental Health America has not yet formally endorsed it or its House counterpart, we consider it another important step toward making comprehensive mental health reform a reality in America.

It builds on H.R. 2646, the Murphy-Johnson proposal introduced two months ago in the House, incorporating many of the provisions that Mental Health America has made a priority in our advocacy for many years.

Talking About the Murphy-Johnson Bill

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO

It’s a whole new ballgame in Congress this year. People are talking to one another, instead of shouting at one another. And there is a sense that as a result comprehensive mental health reform legislation will finally get serious consideration.


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