Mental Health Week

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Vermont Edition is dedicating a week of programming to mental health care, and the ways that mental health can have far-reaching consequences for our personal lives and public policy.

During Vermont Edition's  "Mental Health Week" – March 20-24, 2017 – each show will take a closer look at an aspect of the mental health care landscape here in the state.

Mental Health Week: Listener Responses

Mar 27, 2017

Vermont Edition devoted all its programs from March 20-24 to different aspects of mental health care in Vermont. The show received a lot of very personal stories, and thoughtful responses and critiques to this series.

Emotional abuse during childhood is linked to misuse of opioids in adulthood, according to a recent University of Vermont study.

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We've been discussing the many challenges that the state mental health system and those experiencing mental illness are facing. Now we hear about some of the ideas that the Legislature has for fixing the problems.

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The effects of a mental illness almost always stretch beyond just one person. Being the family member of someone with a mental health condition comes with unique challenges, and providing support to a struggling loved one can be both draining and heartbreaking.

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It's not easy to watch anyone struggle with mental health issues, but it might be even more difficult to see children battle mental illness. According the National Institute of Mental Health, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14.

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Why is mental health so hard to talk about? If conditions like depression, anxiety, or even schizophrenia can have such massive impacts on people's lives, why can it feel like weakness to get help? We're continuing our week of mental health coverage by focusing in on the stigma around mental health, and how to move past it.

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People who are suffering psychiatric episodes can end up in the emergency rooms of community hospitals, where doctors and nurses say they are not equipped to provide the treatment these patients need. As Vermont Edition begins a week-long exploration of mental health care in Vermont, we look at the problem of emergency psychiatric care.