Mental Health

Suicide Still a Crime in VA
3:22 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Lawmaker Fights Unnecessary Stigma

There’s no law on the books, but under Virginia’s common law, suicide is considered a crime.  In the current legislative session, one delegate thinks it’s time for the Commonwealth to change that. 

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Mental Health a Priority
7:32 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Governor Announces Mental Health Changes

Credit www.wdbj7.com

Governor McDonnell has unveiled a series of funding provisions for his final state budget to improve and strengthen Virginia’s mental health services. The Governor had already decided to fund these Campus Safety Task Force recommendations this summer, but their urgency was underscored by the recent death of a state senator’s son after local health officials reportedly could not find a psychiatric bed for him during a mental health crisis.  McDonnell says the reforms will continue long after he has left office.

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Shorter Stays Reported
5:08 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Inspector General Study on Access to Psychiatric Care

Some in the mental health field say it is not uncommon for a person suffering from mental illness to be turned away from treatment.  

National Alliance for Mental Illness Virginia Director Mira Signer says it happens more often than people think. The state Inspector General found that during a three-month case study alone, 72 Virginians who should have been detained were denied needed care.

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Access to Care
4:57 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Mental Health Services in the Spotlight

A community mental health organization is in the spotlight, after this week's attack on State Senator Creigh Deeds and the apparent suicide of his son. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch said Gus Deeds had undergone a psychiatric evaluation Monday, but he was not admitted for in-patient care, because no hospitals in the area had psychiatric beds available.

But several facilities in the region report that they could have admitted Gus Deeds.

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What Would TJ Think?
12:41 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Meditation on the Lawn: UVA Contemplative Sciences Center

UVA/ Sanjay Suchak

There was a surprising event at the University of Virginia this week. About 500 people gathered to hear from one of the world’s great spiritual leaders and one of the nation’s new media moguls.

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