mental illness http://michiganradio.org en An increasing and scary sense that government is fatally broken http://michiganradio.org/post/increasing-and-scary-sense-government-fatally-broken <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The good news is that there seems to be increasing interest in mental health issues at all levels of government.</span></p><p>Yesterday, the Michigan Health and Wellness Commission released a new report on improving mental health services in this state. This was a special, bipartisan commission including four legislators, chaired by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.</p><p>The study, “<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mentalhealth/CommissionReportFinal1212014_445161_7.pdf">Improving Quality of Life by Supporting Independence and Self-Determination</a>” is available online.</p><p>It is short, straightforward, and easy to understand.</p><p>It calls for legislative action, and calls on all of us to reassess the way we view, as well as treat, those with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:20:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16132 at http://michiganradio.org An increasing and scary sense that government is fatally broken Mental illness research discovery could help treat schizophrenic symptoms http://michiganradio.org/post/mental-illness-research-discovery-could-help-treat-schizophrenic-symptoms <p>Schizophrenia affects nearly 2.4 million Americans. The mental disorder enables patients to feel like they are "hearing voices," and have difficulty with change.</p><p>Now, Michigan State University researchers have made a discovery that could help treat some symptoms of <a href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml">Schizophrenia</a>. While current antipsychotic drugs are able to reduce hallucinations, the new study finds information that may eventually help patients cope with other symptoms. These include trouble responding to change, lack of motivation, and the inability to experience pleasure.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:22:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13538 at http://michiganradio.org Mental illness research discovery could help treat schizophrenic symptoms Proposed federal funding could boost U of M brain research http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-federal-funding-could-boost-u-m-brain-research <p>Researchers at the University of Michigan are closely watching President Obama’s call for a big increase in federal funding for brain research.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>President Obama is proposing a 100 million dollar increase in federal funding for brain research.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>U of M has many different researchers studying the human brain.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; From Alzheimer’s disease to Depression, neuroscientists on the Ann Arbor campus are approaching the brain from a wide variety of specialties.</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:19:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 11971 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed federal funding could boost U of M brain research Snyder orders mental health services review http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-orders-mental-health-services-review <p>Governor Rick Snyder has called for a review of how Michigan provides mental health services.</p><p>The governor has signed two executive orders to come up with recommendations.The executive orders create two separate commissions.</p><p>Both of them will be led by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.</p><p>One major goal is to identify gaps that send people to jails and prisons instead of to programs that could treat their illnesses.</p><p>The plans also include teaching police, teachers, and clergy to spot signs of mental illness, earlier intervention for children with mental health issues, and helping more people get into treatment instead of being sent to jail or prison.</p><p>Administration officials say this will be the first thorough review of mental health services in Michigan since the state shut down its psychiatric hospitals in favor of community-based programs in the early 1990’s Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:51:11 +0000 Rick Pluta 11345 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder orders mental health services review No answers yet in police shooting of mentally-ill man http://michiganradio.org/post/no-answers-yet-police-shooting-mentally-ill-man <p></p><p>Two months after Saginaw police fatally shot a mentally-ill man, his family and community are still calling for answers.</p><p>On July 1<sup>st</sup>, Milton Hall was gunned down in a parking lot during a confrontation with police. It was captured on a cell phone video and made national headlines, with some media reporting the officers fired 46 times.</p><p>Hall reportedly held a knife, though the video appears to show he was several feet away when police opened fire.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 21:01:29 +0000 Kate Wells 8889 at http://michiganradio.org No answers yet in police shooting of mentally-ill man