Mental Health en VA's Mental Health Initiative Moves Forward <p>A new General Assembly panel is vowing to conduct a thorough review of Virginia’s mental health system, while not shielding any “sacred cows” in the process.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Century held its inaugural meeting… and began by examining how the Commonwealth’s system is faring—then comparing it to other states. Members already seem determined to make reforms. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:59:34 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 24660 at VA's Mental Health Initiative Moves Forward New Laws On the Books <p></p><p>A broad bipartisan and bicameral consensus at the General Assembly may not create sensational headlines—but such agreements do occur.&nbsp; In Part One of our series on new state laws that take effect this week.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:20:19 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 23622 at New Laws On the Books Children & Mental Health Issues <p>While the attack on State Senator Creigh Deeds and subsequent suicide by his son have brought more attention to the issue of mental health in Virginia, child advocates say there are significant gaps in how children and adolescents receive treatment.</p><p>It’s because since the tragedy last year, the number of young people who are admitted to mental health facilities has risen—but the number of available beds at a specialized facility has not.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Tommie McNeil 22517 at Children & Mental Health Issues Drumming as a Way to Bring People Together <p>Rhythm is central to all kinds of music, and a Charlottesville musician thinks it can also play a role in building community. His motto - have drums, will travel.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 12:12:18 +0000 Sandy Hausman 21414 at Drumming as a Way to Bring People Together Suicide Prevention: Early Intervention is Key <p>It’s a tough topic to talk about….suicide.&nbsp;Some say if anything good can come out of the tragedy experienced by Senator Creigh Deeds and his family, when he was stabbed by his mentally ill son, who then killed himself….it’s greater awareness about warning signs, risks, and treatment.<br /><br />The most recent state assessments find teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19….and young adults, up to age 24…are especially vulnerable to higher rates of suicide.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Connie Stevens 21018 at Suicide Prevention: Early Intervention is Key