Friday, December 20, 2013

News and Commentary from the Treatment Advocacy Center
December 16 - December 20, 2013

PLEASE HELP THE TREATMENT ADVOCACY CENTER GROW TO MEET THE NEED AND OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH POLICY IN AMERICA. 
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"Was the Boston Marathon Bombing Preventable?"
The Boston Globe published a stunning investigative piece this week on Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing in April. Among the article’s many revelations: new reason to believe that Tamerlan, the elder brother, suffered from an untreated severe mental illness. 
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"Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System"
Another series has emerged that focuses on severe mental illness. Reporter John S. Hausman explores the intersection of mental illness and criminal justice in a series of articles published this week on MLive.com in Michigan. 
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"A Personal Message from Dr. Torrey"
"Fifteen years ago, we started the Treatment Advocacy Center to be that 'effective lobby' for individuals with severe mental illnesses," writes Dr. E. Fuller Torrey in this open letter to supporters about what has happened since.  
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"A Year of Firsts for Mental Health"
We have seen more progress this year than in any other. Just last week, the White House announced it will devote $100 million to increasing access to “mental health services.” 
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"My First Time in An Institution" - personally speaking
"I vaguely remember lying awake that first night in a large room with maybe twenty beds occupied by other patients. Weird thoughts and fantasies raced through my brain as I tried to reconcile events and apparent reality with my recent grasp of what I had thought real." 
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A big thank-you to Gary Tsai, whose opinion piece was published in the Sacramento Bee, and to Marylin Copeland, whose letter was published in the Virginian Pilot, Norfolk.

If you have a letter or commentary published, please email a link or a copy topress@treatmentadvocacycenter.org so we can save it, acknowledge your reform efforts, and share it with others.

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