Companies have sprung up to help students with mental health issues navigate college life

Jul 25, 2022
The services provide guidance for students seeking therapists in a new town, applying for test accommodations, and managing medications.
A variety of programs have emerged to help students with mental issues prepare for college.
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When employer benefits get personal, they're tricky to use

Jul 19, 2022
Before abortion benefits, employer-sponsored mental health resources raised concerns.
The share of employees using employee assistance programs to address mental health issues jumped by more than 25% during the pandemic, according to a report by the Employee Assistance Professionals and LifeWorks.
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New gun control law puts emphasis on mental health

Jul 18, 2022
There's a disconnect between mental health funding and who actually commits mass shootings. The greatest effect may be on suicides.
The new law includes funding and legislation for mental health facilities. But only 3% to 5% of violent acts are committed by people with serious mental illnesses.
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As the 988 mental health crisis line goes live, advocates worry it may not be ready

Jul 15, 2022
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline system that 988 will augment has faced problems with staffing and connecting calls to responders.
The 988 number for mental health crises launches Saturday, and experts are forecasting an  increase in demand. 
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Colleges get federal guidance on using COVID relief to support student mental health

May 19, 2022
The Department of Education provided ideas for using these funds, including text-based counseling and suicide-prevention training.
The Department of Education suggested how colleges can invest leftover COVID relief funds in  mental health care.
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Calls to mental health hotlines rise as people seek relief during COVID

Jan 26, 2022
With mental health professionals in short supply during the pandemic, some who need help are turning to hotlines and other alternative online resources.
Matthew Seltzer sits on a bench in New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2021. Like thousands of others during the pandemic, Seltzer sought help from a mental health hotline when he was unable to find an in-person counselor.
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Labor Department outlines unlawful imbalance in coverage between mental, physical care services

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said the department will ramp up legal enforcement: “We need to make sure people are covered.”
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said the department will ramp up legal enforcement: “We need to make sure people are covered.”
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Share your story: Have you experienced a health parity violation?

Jan 24, 2022
The Department of Labor's parity report finds that mental health care is treated unfairly by insurers.
Some people may forgo mental health services because they're too pricey — even with health insurance.
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We're still grieving the economy we've lost, whether we realize it or not

Dec 29, 2021
Admitting when we're not OK is the first step in helping ourselves, psychotherapist Megan Devine says.
An aerial view of "In America: Remember," a public art installation commemorating Americans who died of COVID-19. Many grief counselors and clinicians have been overwhelmed trying to address grief at this scale.
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California invests millions to try and curtail drug overdoses

Dec 28, 2021
The program's approach includes an emphasis on medically-assisted treatment, using drugs to help ease withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
California Bridge regional director Joshua Luftig, right, and program coordinator Christian Hailozian at the Bridge Substance Use Program at Highland Hospital in Oakland
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