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Mental Health

Mentally ill people aren't killers; Angry people are

In the 1980s, around the time of the massive deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, I was working toward my degree in clinical psychology by training at a psychiatric hospital in Washington, D.C. One sweet, diminutive, elderly patient sometimes wandered the halls. She had been committed…

April 09, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…

Understanding suicide, which is surprisingly common in spring

Spring, with its longer days, blooming flowers and rising temperatures might seem like a time of peak happiness, but some studies indicate that suicides are more common in the spring and summer months than in December. Researchers don't know why they're higher in these seasons, but they say …

April 08, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Working through mental illness with words

‘What do you think?”

January 16, 2014 7:00 amLoading…

We need moments of action, not silence, to commemorate Jan. 8 tragedy

Bells will ring out at 10:10 this morning to mark the moment three years ago when a young man with a well-known history of mental illness, who nonetheless was able to purchase a gun and accessories to make it more lethally efficient, opened fire. In a matter of seconds he murdered six people…

January 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Kozachik to hold gun-reform forum

Gun-control talk may have waned recently, but one local elected official is determined to bring it back to the forefront to start 2014.

January 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Mental health evaluation sought for man in baby death case

A man accused of killing his former girlfriend’s infant child will undergo a mental-health evaluation to determine his competency.

December 24, 2013 12:00 am
Joel Dvoskin: Gun Violence

Joel Dvoskin: Gun Violence

I commend the Star for reprinting the Washington Post editorial on the need for research on accidental firearm deaths of children (“Info vital on scope of gun accidents involving kids,” Dec. 3).

December 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Suicidal Tucson man shot and killed, sheriff’s official says

A north-side man, reported to be suicidal, was shot and killed Monday by a sheriff’s deputy.

December 04, 2013 12:00 am Related
Bob Dorson: Haunting experience of brother's suicide

Bob Dorson: Haunting experience of brother's suicide

Very few people have someone close to them commit suicide. Even fewer still have the misfortune to find the victim.

October 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Dear Abby for Oct. 3

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my best friend, “Blake,” for two years. A year ago he started having panic attacks, so I made an appointment for him with his doctor. After checking him for everything, including heart failure, the doctor diagnosed him with anxiety.

October 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Guest Column: Health overhaul law will close some gaps in mental care for minorities

Guest Column: Health overhaul law will close some gaps in mental care for minorities

In 2008 the U.S. House of Representatives declared July National Minority Health Awareness Month in honor of Bebe Moore Campbell, a leading African American writer of the 20th century, who died in 1996.

July 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sheriff's Dept. starts unit to find appropriate care for mentally ill

Shortly after Los Angeles was terrorized by disgruntled ex-police officer Christopher Dorner, Pima County sheriff's deputies reckoned with a situation with frightening similarities.

June 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Lawmakers vote to scrap archaic term in Arizona mental-health law

PHOENIX - Hoping to encourage people to get the treatment they need, state lawmakers gave final approval Monday to repealing outdated state laws referring to the mentally ill as "idiots."

April 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Improvements in mental health care in the works

The following editorial appeared in Sunday's Washington Post:

February 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: We have to do something to promote mental health, so here's a start

People call newsrooms to share. A complaint about a story, a compliment, a question on anything from "why doesn't my TV show the game?" to "why won't Politician X call me back?"

February 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bill would ease lockup of dangerous mentally ill

PHOENIX - State lawmakers want to make it easier for police to lock up people they believe may be dangerously mentally ill. But at least one legislator fears the proposal could also sweep up those who are just a bit odd.

February 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Behavioral- and mental-health help is available at new county website

Pima County has a new website that lists resources for people who want help with behavioral- and mental-health issues for themselves or others.

January 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Brewer: Put more police in schools

PHOENIX - Parting ways with some other Republicans, Gov. Jan Brewer said Thursday that she does not want armed teachers, principals or volunteers in public schools.

January 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Help at hand for mentally ill over holidays

Help at hand for mentally ill over holidays

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona is one of several local organizations promoting public awareness about resources for those living with mental illness.

December 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…


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