Mental Health

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Recently, discussions about mental health have focused on a Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. The show is about a high school student who kills herself, and some Fort Wayne health organizations are concerned about the way the show portrays suicide.

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This month, WBOI is reporting on teen mental health issues. When people think about teens, they often think of middle and high school students and sometimes  forget about teens transitioning into college.

Jill Sheridan / Indiana Public Broadcasting

More than 5,000 people incarcerated in Indiana are also navigating mental health issues -- this population is at high risk for recidivism. A growing number of Indiana counties are working to stop this cycle through alternative court programs.  One alternative court in Marion County hopes to anchor itself permanently in the criminal justice system.

Hoosiers Aim to Fight Mental Health Stigma

Jun 9, 2016

National statistics show that about a quarter of Americans suffer from mental illness in a given year, but around half of those people will not seek treatment, in part, because of stigma.

IPB’s Jill Sheridan reports on a new effort to fight stigma that is trending across the country, and in Indiana. 

Providing Paths For Mental Health Providers

Apr 13, 2016
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Indiana is experiencing a statewide mental health care provider shortage and for children can be even more difficult to access.  Lawmakers established the Mental Health Loan Assistance Repayment Program in 2014, to incentivize more young Hoosiers to pursue mental health degrees. It's a first step in a growing effort to fill the provider gap.

 

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Twelve-year old McKenzie Ashkettle is not well.

Bills Would Increase Mental Health Care for Veterans

Mar 11, 2015
United States Senate

US Senator Joe Donnelly is introducing three more bills aimed at increasing the quality of  mental health care given to the country’s armed forces and veterans.  

Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly calls his three bills a “care package” for service members.     

The proposed legislation would require the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to  provide the best care for mental health conditions.  It would also help train community health  providers and new physician assistants in mental health care to address what Donnelly says is a national provider shortage.