WBUR: Help for stressed out college students

Nice post from WBUR's Commonhealth on how  college students help keep each other  straight. As a college student, I often feel surrounded by people who are stressed and struggling with their mental health. I’ve seen and helped with multiple breakdowns and crises when on-campus counseling services were not available, not sure how much I can … Continue reading WBUR: Help for stressed out college students

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The Boston Globe series that Steward Health took to court — before the stories ran

The Globe's narrative story about one man's struggles with his mental health care is running this week. And the company that runs one of the hospitals where he was treated was not allowed to read it first.Last week:  A Suffolk Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that Steward Health Care System has no right to review … Continue reading The Boston Globe series that Steward Health took to court — before the stories ran

Globe series: Kids, meds and welfare

I found this story almost too depressing to read. Families who seek help for kids with mental health problems can't get it unless the kids are on meds. And, when the kids get better, the payments are cut off. So the kids don't get "better" because the families need the help. Check out the Globe's … Continue reading Globe series: Kids, meds and welfare

Haitian mental health team wins caregiver award

 The Mass-based Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care was set up in 1994 by a lung cancer patient who learned that “the smallest acts of kindness made the unbearable bearable.” Each year, the center gives out an award. This year’s winner is the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Haitian Mental Health Team, “a multidisciplinary team of caregivers who … Continue reading Haitian mental health team wins caregiver award

MGH and the rise of psych meds

Tuft psychiatrist and blogger Daniel Carlat details how his education at Mass General focused on medication over therapy. In tomorrow’s NYTimes Magazine features his story  “Mind over Meds: How I decided my psychiatry patients needed more from me than prescriptions." He takes us back to MGH to explain.  …(On)a steamy July day in 1992, I stood … Continue reading MGH and the rise of psych meds