The Front Lines of Children’s Mental Health: Coordinated Care

This is part one of a two-part look at mental health services mandated by the settlement of Katie A. v Bonta, a class-action lawsuit brought against the State of California over its lack of community-based mental health services for youths.

Michael’s biological parents were working hard to get him back, but they needed more time. Meanwhile, his foster parents were ready to call his social worker and ask that the department place him somewhere else. …

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#ChildWelfare, #FosterCare, #Suicide

10 Painful Lessons I Learned Too Late As An Adoptive Father

Lately I’ve been stumbling across various blog postings about things people have learned about [fill in the blank], things they want you to know about [fill in the blank], things you wish you could say to [fill in the blank.] They come from adoptive families, adopted people and others within and outside the adoption triad. I mean no disrespect, but I thought I should add my own painful lessons learned too late about adoption since my precious daughter Casey’s suicide. …

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#Adoption, #Attachment, #AttachmentParenting, #Suicide, #TeenSuicide

Olathe Suicide Reminder of Warning Signs

According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 12-18.  Every day in the United States, there are over 5,400 suicide attempts by young people in who are in grades 7-12.  What is important to note is that 4 out of 5 of those 5,400 youths give w ……

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#MentalHealth, #Olathe, #Suicide, #Teen, #TeenSuicide

Dying With Dignity Versus Suicide

Sorry that this is a bit off-topic, but I’ve been following this story about 29-year-old Brittany Maynard who was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. She moved from California to Oregon because she wanted to end her life (legal in Oregon) rather than suffer through a longer and painful death from the spread of this terrible disease. I completely sympathize with her and other victims of terminal illnesses who want to “die with dignity.” If I were in their shoes I’d probably do the same thing….

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#BrittanyMaynard, #DyingWithDignity, #Interview, #Suicide

Dr. Phil Doesn’t Get it

Normally I don’t watch The Dr. Phil Show during the day, but Erika taped an episode yesterday that was a “must view.” Titled “Parents Divided Over Disowning Their Son,” the show featured two adoptive parents and their 24-year-old adopted son, Adam. The father in particular was ready to disown and sever his relationship with his only child….

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#Abuse, #Adoption, #AttachmentDisorder, #DrPhilShow, #Suicide

“Unfinished Conversation: Healing From Suicide and Loss”

Robert E. Lesoine’s best friend Larry took his life by suicide on October 15, 2005. Although Lesoine knew Larry was struggling with feelings of disappointment, dejection, and loss, along with the return of debilitating pain associated with a past injury, Lesoine did not see the intensity of Larry’s despair.

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#Grieving, #Suicide, #Trauma

An Historic Day: Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier received funding Package

This is off topic for this blog but it’s personal to me because this is about the “scene of the crime” of Casey’s suicide. Late last Month, the Golden Gate Bridge board of directors unanimously approved a $76 million funding package of local, state and federal dollars for the long-sought GGB suicide barrier. Cheers and tears all around at the board meeting. Call me cynical. This is an important milestone but I’ve watched this movie before. We had cheers and tears nearly six years ago when the GGB board voted to approve the net concept, but with no money. …

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#GoldenGateBridgeSuicideBarrier, #Suicide, #SuicidePrevention

The Skyrocketing Costs of Mental Health

Ensuring the mental health of Americans is a costly affair.  Three recent unrelated occurrences should help us realize there is no inexpensive way to prevent, diagnose and treat mental illness.  By now most of us have heard about the “broken” Veterans Administration and its failure to provide timely services that has led premature deaths of veterans.  Newspapers, broadcast media and numerous blogs have reported about various calls for the resignation of VA Department Secretary Eric Shinseki following a few damaging reports about unacceptable medical practices involving veterans—particularly the report out of Phoenix that veterans

were dying after secret waiting lists were discovered falsifying wait times for treatment….

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#Americans, #Concussions, #Department, #Health, #Institute, #Judge, #President, #SocialWork, #Suicide, #Veterans