Mental Health


Mon August 25, 2014
Mental Health

Colorado's Western Slope Facing Higher Incidences Of Suicide

A Denver police officer and paramedic respond to the scene of where a man reportedly jumped from a parking garage in downtown Denver, Aug. 22, 2013 in an apparent suicide.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Colorado’s suicide rate consistently tops the national average. In 2011, the state had the ninth highest suicide rate in the nation, according to the latest available Centers for Disease Control data. And it’s going up.

The suicide rate in the state has jumped around 19 percent over the past decade, taking the lives of 1,004 Colorado residents in 2013, the state health department reports.

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Tue August 19, 2014
Shots - Health News

Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 10:08 am

Officers Ned Bandoske (left) and Ernest Stevens are part of San Antonio's mental health squad — a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness may play a role.
Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News

It's almost 4 p.m., and police officers Ernest Stevens and Ned Bandoske have been driving around town in their unmarked black SUV since early this morning. The officers are part of San Antonio's mental health squad — a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness may be an issue.

The officers spot a call for help on their laptop from a group home across town.

"A male individual put a blanket on fire this morning," Stevens reads from the blotter. "He's arguing ... and is a danger to himself and others. He's off his medications."

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Fri August 1, 2014

Colorado Launches Statewide Mental Health Hotline

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On August 1, the state will flip the switch on a crisis hotline that will offer assistance and support on a wide range of mental health issues — from those feeling suicidal to those who are grieving or stressed.

1-844-493-TALK is a 24/7 hotline will have trained crisis clinicians and peer support specialists. It’s operated by Metro Crisis Services, which scaled up its operations after winning a $2.2 million contract from the state.

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Thu June 19, 2014
NPR News Investigations

National Data Confirm Cases Of Restraint And Seclusion In Public Schools

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 8:52 am

Carson Luke, 13, was injured when he was restrained at a school in Virginia when he was 10 years old.
Sarah Tilotta/NPR

The practice of secluding or restraining children when they get agitated has long been a controversial practice in public schools. Now, new data show that it's more common than previously understood, happening at least 267,000 times in a recent school year.

NPR worked with reporters from the investigative journalism group ProPublica, who compiled data from the U.S. Department of Education to come up with one of the clearest looks at the practice of seclusion and restraint.

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Mon June 16, 2014
Mental Health

Now Considered 'Treatment Failure,' Colorado Moves Away From Seclusion, Restraint

Julie Reiskin, left, executive director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, and Marlene Murillo, a Coalition executive assistant, advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

In 2010, a man named Troy Geske died at the Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo after being wrestled by staff members onto a bed, where he was restrained with straps and left by himself, face down. He asphyxiated.

Geske’s death resulted in the state’s paying a $775,000 settlement to his family and a ban on the use of prone restraint in state hospitals. The tragedy also accelerated a concerted effort in Colorado to limit the use of seclusion and restraint for people receiving mental-health treatment.

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