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Stigmatizing Media Portrayals: What Can We Do?

November 3, 2017

October 23, 2017 | By Emma Frankham The media often reports on individuals with mental illness. However, little is known about how accurately the media portrays these individuals. Are journalists getting mental illness “right?” It seems the answer is no. I analyzed news reports about individuals with mental illness who were killed by police during 2015 and 2016 and more »

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Mental Health On Capitol Hill Update

This summer, with the help of your advocacy, we defeated Congress’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And just a few weeks ago, we fought back again against the dangerous Graham-Cassidy health reform bill. Now, the White House has announced plans that would make significant changes to mental health coverage. Meanwhile, congressional more »

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Mural by local artist helps raise awareness about mental health, depression

November 2, 2017

October 23, 2017 | By Alexa Mae Asperin A mural in Colorado Springs is helping raise awareness about mental health and depression. It’s part of Kaiser Permanente’s “Find Your Words” campaign. The company says even though mental health issues are common, they’re difficult to talk about. Local artist Mike Fudge shares what he hopes people more »

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Why We Ended Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Colorado

October 12, 2017 | By Rick Raemisch For years, the Colorado corrections system had a ready answer for inmates it wanted to punish. For almost any reason — smuggling drugs, talking back to a corrections officer, assaulting another prisoner — it would send an inmate to a cell the size of a parking spot. The more »

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FDA Approves Medications For Tardive Dyskinesia

October 3, 2017

September 28, 2017 | By Ken Duckworth, M.D. Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a movement disorder that occurs in some people who take first-generation antipsychotics (such as haloperidol, chlorpromazine), and to a lesser degree, second-generation antipsychotics (such as aripiprazole or paliperidone). TD results in repetitive, involuntary movements commonly of the face, lips and limbs. Movement disorders were more »

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