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.
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.
It’s a tough topic to talk about….suicide. 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.
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.
Virginia will have new rules for managing people in a psychiatric crisis under final legislation approved on the last day of the General Assembly session.
The bills extend the length of time that a person in a dangerous state of mind can be held in an emergency and ensure that a secure psychiatric bed will be found. this is only the first step for an initiative that will also evaluate how well the new system works.
Police officers in Chesterfield County have received some personal insights on interacting with mentally ill individuals...and a Hampton Roads woman found out it's not always easy to take a child out of martial arts training.
Those stories have been among the most frequently viewed over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.