Mental Health

Alabama Department of Mental Health is the state agency responsible for serving Alabama citizens with mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities, and substance use disorders. The department was formally established by ACT 881 in 1965. Annually, ADMH serves more than 200,000 people through a broad network of community mental health services and three state-operated facilities: Bryce Hospital, Mary Starke Harper Geriatric Psychiatry Center, and Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility.
Latest news and discussion about mental health awareness.
  • Official: Gunman apparently stopped shooting to post online
    Associated Press

    Official: Gunman apparently stopped shooting to post online

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities trying to make sense of why a gunman killed 12 people at a Southern California bar are not publicly discussing what they've learned, but at least one Instagram post he made after beginning the massacre has emerged as an early focus.

  • Thousand Oaks shooting: Gunman stopped to post on Facebook and Instagram during massacre
    The Independent

    Thousand Oaks shooting: Gunman stopped to post on Facebook and Instagram during massacre

    The gunman who killed 12 people at a Southern California bar posted a social media message about his mental state before and during the massacre, investigators have revealed. Ventura County Sheriff's Captain Garo Kuredjian, said that timestamps showed that the suspect, who had prior run-ins with the police, made two separate Instagram posts during his shooting rampage. The 28-year-old former Marine’s Instagram account was still active several hours after he had apparently killed himself, but was immediately shut down after authorities became aware of it's existence.

  • The NRA Told Doctors to 'Stay in Their Lane.' Now Doctors Are Clapping Back.
    The Mighty

    The NRA Told Doctors to 'Stay in Their Lane.' Now Doctors Are Clapping Back.

    Doctors respond to an NRA tweet telling the medical community to "stay in their lane" in regards to gun violence.

  • What is 'emotional intelligence?' How to improve your EQ
    msnbc.com

    What is 'emotional intelligence?' How to improve your EQ

    If you work in a corporate environment (and even if you don't) you've likely heard someone extol the virtues of 'emotional intelligence.' You may have even taken an emotional intelligence test at work (like DiSC, for example), to assess how you interact with others and gauge your strengths. It's no wonder: A study, published by the American Psychological Association, suggests that self-reported emotional intelligence predicts job performance beyond cognitive ability and personality traits. What is emotional intelligence? A paper, co-authored by John D. Mayer, a leading emotional intelligence researcher and professor of psychology at University of New Hampshire, claims that emotional intelligence suggests solid social functioning because people have an easier time tuning into the feelings of others, understanding their perspectives, and are better at communicating and regulating their behavior.

  • Why I became a mental-health first-aider at my research institute
    Nature

    Why I became a mental-health first-aider at my research institute

    The Francis Crick Institute in London now has around 40 accredited mental-health first aiders. The two-day training course is run by our occupational-health nurse, covering conditions such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and psychosis. I volunteered because there weren't yet any scientific group leaders among the first aiders. We should have them at all levels of the organization, and managers should be exemplars. Like anyone else, we experience mental-health problems. I had them in the past, and my experience taught me that things can deteriorate quickly — and that early intervention is key. I studied psychiatry during my medical degree. We focused on diagnosis and therapy, but there

  • MSNBC.com

    'Headstrong Project' provides assistance for veterans struggling with mental health

    Joe Quinn, the Executive Director of "Headstrong Project" - an organization founded to help veterans struggling with mental health issues, joins Craig Melvin to discuss the everyday challenges veterans face.Nov. 12, 2018

  • Research finds strongest evidence yet that obesity causes depression
    News-Medical-Net

    Research finds strongest evidence yet that obesity causes depression

    New research released today from the University of South Australia and University of Exeter in the UK has found the strongest evidence yet that obesity causes depression, even in the absence of other health problems. The research, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, shows that the psychological impact of being overweight causes depression, rather than associated illnesses such as diabetes. Researchers looked at UK Biobank data from more than 48,000 people with depression, comparing them with a control group of more than 290,000 people born between 1938 and 1971, who provided medical and genetic information. Hospital data and self-reporting were used to determine whether people

  • WTSP-TV Tampa

    After a brain injury wiped her memory, this woman had to relearn who she was

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Explaining retrograde amnesia is no easy task. That's why Jing Wu uses the "Jason Bourne" series as a reference. “But instead of an assassin, I'm a pharmacist,” Jing said, laughing. Despite being 26 years old, her memory is only five. For Jing, life began in 2013, in a hospital bed with a pounding headache. She doesn't remember how she got there. She was told she was long boarding with a friend and hit her head. After being in a coma for days, she woke up. In addition to having difficulty remembering anything before the accident, Jing couldn't comprehend emotion, sarcasm or humor. She couldn't read, smell, taste or walk. All learned behaviors were gone. “My memories are behind

  • Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat Linked To Depression, Finds UPenn Study
    CBS Philadelphia

    Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat Linked To Depression, Finds UPenn Study

    Follow CBSPHILLY Facebook  | Twitter PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new study has found spending too much time on social media sites can make you depressed. The study conducted by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania looked at the social media behaviors of 143 undergraduate students at the university. They tested their mood and sense of well-being while using Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Half of the participants used social media sites as normal, while the other half were restricted to 10 minutes per day for each of the three sites. The study found that those who cut down their social media use saw reductions in loneliness and depression. Researchers say limiting social media use to approximately

  • Stuck in a Rut? Maybe It's Time to Consider Life Counseling
    The Mighty

    Stuck in a Rut? Maybe It's Time to Consider Life Counseling

    A woman with mental health conditions asks what life counseling is and if she can benefit from it.

  • Bake Off’s Kim-Joy discusses experiencing severe social anxiety as a child
    The Independent

    Bake Off’s Kim-Joy discusses experiencing severe social anxiety as a child

    Great British Bake Off finalist Kim-Joy Hewlett was undoubtedly one of the highlights of this year’s series, delighting viewers with her creative designs and cheerful demeanour. Having got almost 50,000 followers on Twitter and more than 90,000 on Instagram, the baker is now using her large online platform to open up about a topic with which she has personal experience: mental health issues. As a child, Kim-Joy experienced what she describes as severe social anxiety, refusing to speak to people outside of her home for fear of being rejected by them.

  • My Dad Was Injured in Afghanistan. Now I Take Care of Him Full-Time
    Marie Claire

    My Dad Was Injured in Afghanistan. Now I Take Care of Him Full-Time

    As we honor our country's veterans, let's also acknowledge the 5.5 million Americans who care for them when they return from war.