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In The News: National Alliance on Mental Illness, Stanislaus

December 31, 2019

By Anna Sharma | Dec. 30, 2019

Mental illness is not just something we cope with or fight against. It is something we must accept as a part of us.

When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, my default thinking was that everything in my life was ruined because I was “suffering.” I thought (and was even told) that I could not safely travel long distance, I could not enjoy a cup of coffee without becoming manic, I could not have Read More

    By Jessica Smiley | Dec. 11, 2019

    I have been through some difficult things in my life. Sometimes those really bad, traumatic experiences can have a life-long impact on our interactions with others and our physical and emotional well-being. Somehow, I managed to get to adulthood, which I attribute mostly to resiliency and a handful of supportive people.

    I’m a perfectionist. And during a period of my life, that trait wasn’t so helpful. I worked long hours (sometimes 24 straight), skipped meals Read More

    By Rubina Kapil on June 11, 2019 Lady Gaga Announces teen Mental Health First Aid Pilot Program Will Expand to 20 Additional High Schools “With teen Mental Health First Aid, we like to say, it’s okay to not be okay,” Lady Gaga said onstage in Las Vegas. Watch her speak with teen Mental Health First Aiders.

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. (June 11, 2019) – Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and the National Council for Behavioral Health announced that they will expand teen Mental Read More

    A pair of programs are targeting the need for mental health treatment in Stanislaus County.

    Modesto-area residents have struggled with access to treatment. And untreated mental illness is a prominent issue with its ties to homelessness.

    Next week, a “partial hospitalization” program will open at Doctors Behavioral Health Center on Claus Road. The center is launching a short-term outpatient therapy program for patients whose psychiatric illness is affecting their ability to function but they’re not sick enough to require hospitalization.

    In a second Read More


    Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)

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    AOT Flyer

    AOT is a civil court-order for treatment of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness who meet strict legal criteria. Often these individuals experience sever mental health symptoms which impact their ability to recognize the need for treatment.

                            The individual Read More

    Thirty years ago, I was given a diagnosis of schizophrenia. My prognosis was “grave”: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness. I would work at menial jobs when my symptoms were quiet. Following my last psychiatric hospitalization at the age of 28, I was encouraged by a doctor to Read More

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