Calls to Missouri mental health centers increase 30% after launch of 988 hotline

State officials say more than 4,000 people called state mental health crisis centers in the month since the national mental health line was launched. Separately, North Carolina Health News reports “unsustainable” loads on emergency rooms by people in need of mental health support.

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri Call Centers See Increase in First Month of 988 Helpline

In the first month of a national mental health crisis line, calls to Missouri mental health centers increased 30%, state officials said. (Fentem, 08/19)

KHN: Journalists Reflect on Hotline 988 and Inflation Reduction Law

KHN correspondent Aneri Pattani discussed social media criticism of the new mental health hotline 988 on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” on August 13 and on WAMU’s “1A” on August 16 . … KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, Julie Rovner, discussed the health policy implications of the Inflation Reduction Act on WAMU’s “1A” on August 16. (8/20)

In related news on Emergency Department Burden –

North Carolina Health News: Mental health data shows ‘unsustainable’ burden on emergency departments

A 9-year-old girl with mental health issues spent at least four months this spring in a Novant Health emergency room in Wilmington: sleeping, eating, doing her homework. Meanwhile, emergency department staff searched for an available mental health facility that could accommodate such a young child. (Knopf, 08/22)

In other mental health news —

Stat: FDA approves Axsome’s fast-acting treatment for major depression

After a lengthy review, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a fast-acting depression treatment from Axsome Therapeutics, paving the way for the first new oral therapy for major depressive disorder in decades. (Guard, 08/19)

Kansas City Star: Psychiatrist Eases Depression With Brain Stimulation Therapy

The Depression sucked the life of Lori Jackson’s time on this earth for nearly 40 years. On her darkest days in college, she hung a blanket from her dorm window to block out the light and slept skipping class. (Gutierrez, 08/22)

Chicago Tribune: Why is it so hard to find therapists who take out insurance?

Meena Thiruvengadam had to make a choice when her therapist stopped taking health insurance about a year ago. She could try to find someone else who would take her insurance, or she could pay her therapist – whom she trusted and had already been seeing for years – out of pocket, without using insurance. (Schencker, 08/21)

Detroit Free Press: Student mental health: Schools take new approaches to meet growing challenge

The start of a school year can be exciting and full of possibilities, from the feeling of a fresh lined notebook to the promise of routine, friendship and belonging. But two years of pandemic-induced stress, anxiety and grief piled on the overflowing plates of children who were already battling the anxiety and depression of living in an unstable and dangerous world. The consequence: a vertiginous increase in the number of children in poor mental health. (Brookland, 8/22)

USA Today: Public librarians say they’re struggling to serve patrons seeking shelter and mental health care

“Some of my colleagues are very committed to helping people, and they are able to get the job done,” said Elissa Hardy, a trained social worker who until recently supervised a small team of social workers providing services. in the Denver Public Library system. . Denver boasts that about 50 lives have been saved since library staff began volunteering five years ago for training to respond to drug overdoses. (Scheier, 08/21)

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