Science Update February 05, 2013
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the State of Mental Health Care in the United States
Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, has written an opinion pieceExternal Link: Please review our disclaimer. on the state of mental health care in the United States. It appeared in the February 4th online edition of USA Today and coincides with the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s address to Congress on this topic.
This opinion piece, along with the Secretary’s previous statement, coincides with the national dialogue on mental health, a year-long initiative to improve the understanding of mental illness and reduce stigma. The dialogue came about from President’s Obama’s Sandy Hook Response PlanExternal Link: Please review our disclaimer. (pdf).
Specifically, the goal is to ensure students and young adults get early and adequate treatment for mental health issues. Along with this national dialogue, HHS Secretary Sebelius announced a plan to add 5,000 mental health specialists focused on the needs of youth and created Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) to reach 750,000 children by training teachers and other adults who interact with youth to recognize and properly refer children who may be in need of mental health services.
Learn more about treatment of children with mental disorders.
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- Out of Sync With the World: Body Clocks of Depressed People Are Altered at Cell LevelExternal Link: Please review our disclaimer.
- Nerve Stimulation for Severe Depression Changes Brain FunctionExternal Link: Please review our disclaimer.
- Nearly 20 Percent of Suicidal Youths Have Guns in Their HomeExternal Link: Please review our disclaimer.