Commentary: Don’t put the blame for shooting on mental illness
The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., has sparked much debate about the availability of guns and about how law enforcement responds to warnings that people are planning crimes. Some have targeted mental illness as the problem behind this and other mass shootings. But in a new GHN Commentary, behavioral... Read more
Mass shootings are not a mental health problem
When we associate mass shootings with mental illness, we are doing a disservice to the millions of Americans who have a mental illness, have found recovery, are living in wellness and have never shot anyone. The fact that these two issues continue to be associated and presented as cause... Read more
Georgia down slightly in ‘Well-Being’ survey
Georgia dropped from 29th to 31st in a measurement that reflects how people feel about and experience their daily lives. The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index score for the U.S. in 2017 – out of a possible score of 100 —  was 61.5, a decline from 62.1 in 2016. This drop reflected... Read more
Videos are new state tactic against teen suicides
The state has produced powerful new videos in an effort to help combat teenage suicide. The Public Service Announcements, released by the GBI’s Child Fatality Review Panel, feature teens talking about depression and hopelessness – and ways to overcome them. Over the past three years, 144 children/teenagers committed suicide... Read more
Shortage of mental health providers harms Georgia kids, report says
The mental health needs of many Georgia children are not being addressed, primarily because of a lack of professionals to treat them, according to a report released Monday. The report from Voices for Georgia’s Children cites a “severe shortage’’ of child and adolescent psychiatrists statewide. It also reported that... Read more

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