Military sexual trauma as a risk factor for increased mental illness and poverty for veterans

With more than 250,000 women having served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the need for specifically tailored physical and mental health services for female veterans is especially dire. While both male and female veterans experience significant challenges upon their return from service, including high rates of homelessness, the prevalence of military sexual trauma (MST) presents a particular challenge for female veterans. …

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Looking back to Mental Illness Awareness Week

In 1990, Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) to recognize the critical work of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). This year, MIAW occurred the week of October 5, during which mental health providers and advocates placed increased attention on public awareness, access to support and resources, and the reduction of stigma associated with mental illness. In 2012, an estimated 43.7 million adults, 18.6 percent of the U.S. population, reported having any mental illness…

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Mass Incarceration and Poverty

Despite some areas of recovery following the Great Recession, unemployment rates continue to be high, especially for those who previously have been incarcerated. The 65 million Americans, who have been incarcerated often for non-violent crimes, are disqualified by having a criminal record from an estimated 800 different occupations for life. …

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Climate Change and the Exacerbation of Poverty

Two days prior to the United Nations 2014 Climate Summit on September 21, an estimated 310,000 people gathered in New York City for what has been called the largest climate related demonstration in history. U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon marched alongside participants in preparation for his political action forum on September 23, where he will host 120 international leaders to create an action plan to reverse the effects of climate change. …

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Rolling Out de Blasio’s Pre-Kindergarten Expansion Initiative

As New York City schools open for a new academic year, over 50,000 four year olds are now attending public pre-kindergarten. After receiving $300 million of funding for new programs in March, Mayor de Blasio and his administration faced both logistical and political obstacles, specifically securing space for the new classrooms….

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Paul Ryan’s plan to address poverty

Congressman Paul Ryan, the Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget, released last week his anti-poverty discussion draft on July 24, “Expanding Opportunity in America,” proposing reforms concerning the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), education, and criminal justice. …

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Immigration influx leads to federal and local policy changes

Sparked by a surge in Central American migrants fleeing their homes due to poverty and violence, protests near San Diego calling to deport immigrants reignited the debate surrounding immigration policy. In one example, 100 protesters sought to turn back buses of immigrants heading to a Border Patrol ……

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