Mental health issues put 34,500 on New York’s no-guns list. (New York Times): Well. This is a thorny one. On the one hand, keeping guns out of the hands of mentally ill people who might harm themselves or others is probably a good thing. On the other hand, how do you fairly determine that? The stigma that mentally ill people are prone to violent behavior is one that needs to be vigorously challenged. That said, suicide rates are demonstrably higher when people have guns in their homes. I have no idea what a good solution is, here.
How Medicare covers outpatient mental health services. (Huffington Post): Important information for seniors on how Medicare covers outpatient mental health services. Mental health care for seniors is extremely important and not talked about enough. Don’t get me started on Medicaid, though…
Oilers goalie unveils new mask dedicated to mental health awareness. (USAToday Sports): This is the second story I’ve come across this month about hockey and mental illness. It makes my heart glad to see this, because I know of several former players who have really struggled with this. As I cruised around google after reading this article I discovered that, at least to the Canadian teams in the NHL, mental health awareness is A Thing. I believe I will have to post about this more at a later time.
Proposed Uptown mental health facility expansion draws criticism. (The Montana Standard): Butte, Montana Council of Commissioners chairwoman Cindi Shaw can kiss my ass. She doesn’t want a mental health facility in her neighborhood because the “area is saturated” and “there are enough services.” That’s dogwhistle for we don’t want the damned crazies in our neighborhood and I see right through it, ma’am.
Obesity, cancer, mental health. What links them all? (The Conversation): Really interesting, open conversation about the links between non-communicable diseases (like heart disease, diabetes, etc.), obesity, mental health, and social engineering. Smart people realize that there’s way more to all those things than “poor choices.” Our willful refusal to admit that these problems are as much societal as they are personal is killing people.
That’s it for this Friday!
p.s. Here’s a late-breaking story I just came across in the New York Times. A study has been done busting the narrative that lower enlistment standards are responsible for the increase in mental health problems in soldiers.