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Here are some articles from around the web

I thought I would use Monday’s posts to showcase articles all around the web.  I find great articles every day, but cannot put each one in a separate post.  Here are just a few of the various topics related to mental health that are available.  Let me know what topic you are the most interested in and I will post more next time.


Mental health exec defends sex crime risk

By Steve Schultze and Meg Kissinger of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: May 8, 2010 |(42) Comments

Milwaukee County’s top mental health administrator intentionally houses female patients with men known to be dangerous “because the presence of women reduces the likelihood of the men being violent,” according to a county supervisor’s letter obtained by the Journal Sentinel.

John Chianelli, administrator of the county’s Behavioral Health Division, told county supervisors during a closed-door session last month that segregating men and women would result in more violence.

“It’s a trade-off,” he said. “Putting 24 aggressive male patients into a male-only unit would increase the level of violence in the unit.”

Chianelli’s remarks came during a County Board committee called into closed session on April 14 to find out why there are reports of an increasing number of sexual assaults at the county facility, including the rape of a 22-year-old pregnant woman last summer.

His comments are detailed in a four-page letter by Supervisor Lynne De Bruin recapping points he made[…]


SAMHSA And Child Development Experts Promote The Importance Of Mental Health Starting At Birth

09 May 2010

To highlight the importance of promoting children’s mental health from birth, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and more than 80 public and private collaborating organizations and federal programs and agencies – including new supporters, such as the Office of Head Start at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Legion Auxiliary – today joined in a nationwide celebration of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (May 6). National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day puts the spotlight on the importance of promoting positive social and emotional development in children and the need for early identification of mental health challenges.

Nationwide, more than 1,000 community-based mental health service and support providers, community programs, schools, and collaborating organization affiliates also celebrated this annual observance, marking the day with community events, youth rallies, social media campaigns, and art activities with children to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health. SAMHSA supports this program as part of its strategic initiative to promote public awareness and support of mental and substance -use disorder prevention and treatment, as well as part of its activities in support of Mental Health Month.

The Awareness Day Early Childhood Forum, held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, featured presentations by SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., and Dr. Joan Lombardi from the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health […]


A portrait of mental disintegration

Woman accused of stabbing four people at Target spent years in and out of psychiatric facilities, which released her despite her family’s pleas to keep her.

By Lee Romney, Robert Faturechi and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles TimesMay 8, 2010

Reporting from Antioch, Calif., and Los Angeles

Layla Rosette Trawick could be sweet and charming. She volunteered for causes she believed in, friends and family said, and could be generous almost to a fault.

But anyone who spent time with the 34-year-old woman knew that there was another side to her.

She was convinced in recent months she was the test subject in a mind-control experiment. When she read books, she hallucinated that smaller books were emerging from the text with secret messages for her. She suffered bouts of profound paranoia and delusions.

Last year, hoping to start a new life, she moved from Northern California to Los Angeles.

But on Monday, authorities allege, Trawick entered a Target store in West Hollywood armed with a butcher’s knife and a chef’s knife. She roamed through the aisles muttering about being bipolar and randomly stabbing people, including a woman holding a baby. Four people were wounded, one critically.

In interviews with The Times since the attack, friends and relatives of Trawick describe her as a […]


Scribbles, splashes, scrawls can promote mental health


CRYSTAL LAKE – Preschoolers used paint and crayons Thursday to express their emotions as part of a larger effort to raise awareness about mental health issues in young children.

About 250 Head Start students throughout McHenry County scribbled, scrawled, and splashed paint onto paper in art therapy sessions. They drew pictures of family members, friends, suns, birds, and some other less recognizable doodles. And they had fun doing it.

Britney, a 4-year-old from Crystal Lake, was all smiles as she used a sponge to blot blue and purple paint on her paper. Blue and purple, she explained, are her favorite colors. Head Start officials asked that the students’ last names not be used in compliance with program policy.

Head Start is a national program that provides education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and families.

The exercise was meant to get preschoolers to show feelings through art and share their work with teachers and parents.

Local students joined their peers throughout the country in “My Feelings are a Work of Art” for National Children’s Mental Health Day.

The event was the effort of McHenry County Family Care and the American Art Therapy Association.

It was paid for with part of a six-year, $9.5 million federal grant for McHenry County children with emotional problems, said Todd Schroll, family care project coordinator for the McHenry County Mental Health Board.

“This is a preventative effort to engage children and families and promote positive mental health,” he said. “They get to articulate how they are feeling and […]

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