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Kennedy Forum Launches Campaign Against Insurance Denials
Tina Reed  |  Fierce Healthcare
Former congressman and mental health care advocate Patrick Kennedy is working to unite behavioral health patients in a coordinated campaign to push back on insurance company denials.

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AI's Potential to Diagnose and Treat Mental Illness
Parie Garg and Sam Glick  |  Harvard Business Review
Artificial intelligence offers patients the anonymity they often seek and lowers the costs of treatment, in addition to speeding up the process and improving the likelihood of positive outcomes.

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Mental Health Crisis Could Cost the World $16 Trillion by 2030
Kate Kelland  |  Reuters
The Lancet Commission says mental health disorders are on the rise everywhere in the world, creating trillions in additional costs that stem mostly from indirect results like lost productivity.

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One in Three College Freshmen Reports Mental Health Disorder
Randy Auerbach  |  American Psychological Association
Roughly 14,000 first-year students from...

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AI's Role In the Push for Suicide Prevention
Janae Sharp  |  Healthcare Analytics News
Artificial intelligence requires data to function as a suicide prevention tool. By starting with basic facts—rural or urban—and adding what else is known, data science can illuminate hard-to-identify risks.  

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A Reminder That Addiction Is an Illness, Not a Character Flaw
Lindsay Holmes  |  HuffPost
The relapse rate for those living with addiction is 40 to 60 percent, demonstrating that overcoming cravings and dependence is a daily battle for control, not a single epic conflict.  

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We Need a Focus on Mental Health, Not Just Violence in Schools
Noah Rue  |  The Doctor Weighs In
Most violence is perpetrated by people who don't have a mental illness, so focusing on the mentally ill to prevent violence ends up being both stigmatizing and ineffective.

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The Boons of—and Barriers to—Behavioral Health Integration
Les Masterson  |  Healthcare Dive
A Colorado healthcare program focused on proactively integrating physical and behavioral health saved Medicare and Medicaid more than $1 million. Is this the future of healthcare?

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Better Behavioral Health Access Is an Election-Year Imperative
Carmela Coyle and Jessica Cruz  |  Modern Healthcare 
Behavioral Health Action, a newly created advocacy group in California, is working to make better mental health care a key issue in the upcoming gubernatorial election.

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The U.S. Is Failing at Mental Health Care
Linda Girgis, MD  |  KevinMD.com 
Why do so many not get the care they need? Many mental health care providers now only accept cash, while most mental health patients can't afford to pay out of pocket. 

How Suicide Quietly Morphed Into a...

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Internet Addiction May Increase Risk of Suicidality
Psychiatric News 
Is the internet like a drug? For those with internet addiction disorder or internet gaming disorder, it's a similar influence that also elevates suicidal thoughts among those afflicted.

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The Largest Health Disparity We Don't Talk About
Dhruv Khullar  | New York Times
What's the most reliable indicator of premature death? More than race, ethnicity, geography and socioeconomic status, serious mental illness identifies who will die unnaturally early.

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Bill Allowing Behavioral Health EHR Incentives Passes Senate
Elizabeth Snell  | EHR Intelligence
The federal government has disbursed more than $38...

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Is Technology Good or Bad for Mental Health?
Noah Rue  | The Doctor Weighs In
Yes, there are a number of legitimate reasons to be concerned about the negative impact of technology on mental health, but labeling tech as uniformly bad ignores many identifiable upsides.

Record Numbers of College Students Are...

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5 Ways Drugs and Alcohol Affect Your Mental Health
Andrew Macia  | The Doctor Weighs In
Many use drugs and alcohol as a way to self medicate and manage stress,...

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What Happened When a Prison System Offered Addiction Treatment?
Andrew Joseph  | STAT Health
A study showed recently released inmates are 130 times more likely than the general population to overdose in the two weeks after release. Rhode Island decided to try and change those outcomes.

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Smartphone Syndrome: A Millennial Mental Health Crisis
Thomas G. Kimball, PhD  |  The Doctor Weighs In
Are smartphones a good example of technological progress that improves society? If they are, is the rapid and unmanaged growth of such devices a net positive? 

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Why Don't Americans Get Regular Mental Health Checkups? It's Complicated
Nicole Spector  |  NBC News
Mental illness costs...

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Worsening Anxiety May Be Early Sign of Alzheimer's
Janice Wood  |  PsychCentral
Research suggests deposits in the brain manifest first as anxiety and depression, with later potential to develop into cognitive impairment and perhaps Alzheimer’s.

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Ignoring Your Mental Health Is Risky Business
Greg Smith, MD  |  KevinMD.com
No, human beings are not machines, but there is a price to be paid for failing to maintain both. Take care of yourself to lessen the potential for a dramatic breakdown.

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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
Jean M. Twenge  |  The Atlantic
Use of smartphones quietly exceeded 50 percent of the...

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How the Loss of U.S. Psychiatric Hospitals Led to a Mental Health Crisis
Samantha Rafelson  |  NPR.org
Earlier reductions in psychiatric beds has given rise to more homeless, increased pressure on emergency rooms, and more frequent incarceration of the mentally ill.

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Are Mass Murderers Insane? Usually Not, Researchers Say
Benedict Carey  |  NY Times
Experts say most mass killers act on an intense feeling of injustice—only about 20 percent are psychotic—making it difficult to use mental illness as a predictor. 

Smartphones a Likely Culprit in the...

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How Is Mental Health Care Failing American Patients?
Linda Girgis, MD  |  KevinMD
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 10 million...

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