Requiring health insurance policies to cover medically necessary prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all mental health conditions, as well as substance use disorders, that are listed in the most recent version of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) or the mental and behavioral disorders chapter of the most recent edition of the World Health Organization’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10).
Mental Health Coverage
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Suicide is a worldwide problem that affects over a million people each year, and in the U.S. there are varying age groups that suffer. It can be difficult to know where to begin in helping someone who has attempted suicide, in part because there is such a stigma surrounding it; however, if someone you care about has attempted to harm themselves and you fear it might happen again, there are signs you can watch for and things you can do to help.
We see them across the United States. Homeless men and women, filthy, pushing shopping carts, diving in dumpsters, sleeping in tents and suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. Short of becoming a mercenary, they have sunk almost as low as any human being can and still be considered somewhat civilized. Yet, through all the […]
On Friday, June 27, the Golden Gate Transportation District (GGTD) voted to spend $76 million to install a “Physical Suicide Deterrent System”. The deterrent system will be comprised of a wire net extending approximately twenty feet on either side of the Golden Gate Bridge to catch people who jump. My question is, “What’s so bad […]
My first memory of the prolonged itching sensation on my arms and neck was during a summer school biology course when I was 14 years old. The distraction of constantly wanting to scratch while trying to focus on cutting up a frog was pure torture. This seemingly random condition, for which no other friend or family member suffered, would follow me through young adulthood and on into middle age.
Rarely will I introduce Walker, as “my son” to somebody and I have never told him he must do something because he is “my son.” The absolute weakest excuse for compelling a child to modify his or her actions is because you own them in some weird parental sense.
All sides of the gun control debate agree that access to mental healthcare for those most at risk for committing gun violence is crucial to reducing shootings.
The surge in advocacy for gun control legislation has been primarily among white suburban folks.
It is difficult to break the veneer of suburban appearances with the recognition that a family member is having a difficult time with mental health issues.
We need to seriously consider a national tax on gun and ammunition sales to fund the support and expansion of mental health services in our communities to intervene with help.