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  1. Thrive's #MentalHealthPledge recruits big-name companies

    Thrive, a mental health-focused workplace technology company, launched the #MentalHealthPledge campaign to enlist big-name businesses to affirm their commitment to improve workplace mental health. 
  2. Chicago launches $3.1M mental health expansion, projected to increase city services by 1500%

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health on June 13 announced $3.1 million in new grants to expand city-funded outpatient mental health services across the city.
  3. Illinois' new law to tackle mental health staff shortages: tax credits, grants and more

    Illinois's new law implements incentives such as tax credits and grants and allows practitioners out of the industry for less than five years to reinstate their licenses to combat the shortage of mental health professionals, local news source WGEM reported June 10.

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  1. 'Full-blown riot' at Pennsylvania psychiatric hospital leaves 5 injured

    On June 11, a small altercation at First Hospital in Kingston, Pa., led to what Pennsylvania officials called "a full-blown riot," resulting in five people being taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening, Eyewitness News affiliate PAHomepage reported June 12.
  2. Mental health crisis line struggling to find staff

    Branches of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are dealing with hundreds of vacant counselor positions as the crisis line's transition to providing more encompassing services is quickly approaching, Illinois Newsroom reported June 9.
  3. Facebook, Instagram sued for 'exploiting young people for profit' amid mental health crisis

    Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta Platforms was hit with eight new lawsuits accusing the company of exploiting children and young adults for profit, Fox Business reported June 11.
  4. Dr. Robert Enright, pioneer of forgiveness therapy, awarded 1st Gold Medal for Impact in Psychology by APA

    Robert Enright, PhD, was awarded the inaugural Gold Medal Award for Impact in Psychology by the American Psychological Association's grant-making arm for his dedication to forgiveness therapy. 

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  1. 96-bed psych hospital gets OK from Michigan HHS

    Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services approved a new 96-bed psychiatric hospital in Kent County, local news source MLive reported June 9.
  2. Elite group of mental health professionals deployed to Ukraine

    PsyCorps, a traveling group of mental health professionals who travel the world to support communities affected by disastrous or traumatic events, has been invited to Ukraine by representatives in the United States, local Washington state news source KHQ reported June 8.
  3. 5 ways healthcare execs can support colleagues' mental health during 'shadow-pandemic,' per AMA

    During the "Shadow Pandemic: Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 on Patients and the Care Team" webinar hosted by the American Medical Association, physician experts discussed the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on medical professionals, dubbed the "shadow-pandemic" by the AMA, and ways industry executives can support their teams through these mental health challenges.
  4. U of Pittsburgh psychiatrist duo fundraise to combat Ukraine's mental health crisis

    Amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the country's citizens are facing a mental health crisis. University of Pittsburgh psychiatrists Alexandre Dombrovski, MD, and Carmen Andreescu, MD, are working to raise money and provide mental health support for Ukrainians who are affected, university news publication Pittwire reported June 6.

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  1. Virginia jail psychiatrist resigns after 'drastic and unbelievable' demands from higher-ups

    Matthew Sachs, MD, a former psychiatrist at Norfolk (Va.) Jail, resigned in the wake of being asked to engage in what he said were "drastic and unbelievable" practices that would endanger inmate health, local news source WTKR reported May 9.
  2. DSM-5's 2022 updates: An overview

    In March 2022, the American Psychiatric Association Publishing released a revised version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, PsychCentral reported March 17. 
  3. California union pushes for better pay to retain state prison psychiatrists

    The union that represents state psychiatrists called upon Gov. Gavin Newsom to rectify the pay disparity between state and contract prison psychiatrists, which supporters say would help retain staff and improve patient outcomes, local news source The Sacramento Bee reported June 7.
  4. Joint-venture behavioral health hospital coming to Arkansas community

    Pine Bluff, Ark.-based Jefferson Regional is building a rehabilitation and behavioral health hospital in partnership with Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health, according to an email shared with Becker's.
  5. Psychiatrist industry profile: employment, salary, locations

    Using data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is an overview of the job industry for psychiatrists across the country as of May 2021, the most recent data available.
  6. $10M investment garnered for physician groups to promote lifestyle-change-based care

    Nudj Health raised $10 million in funding to bolster physician partnership efforts to better track and change patient lifestyle behaviors, the Los Angeles Business Journal reported June 6.
  7. Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare opens new mental health treatment center in Virginia

    Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare opened its new Pasadena Villa Outpatient location in Norfolk, Va., offering mental health and co-occurring disorder support, local news source Madison Graph reported June 7.
  8. California's mental health 'warm line' pushes for $58M in ongoing funding

    The California Peer-Run Warm Line, a free phone line offering call or text non-crisis mental health support, is requesting $58 million in state funding over the next five years once its current funding expires, the San Francisco Examiner reported June 6.
  9. Colorado nonprofit raises $800K for mental health resources for students displaced by Marshall Fire

    Colorado nonprofit Impact on Education fundraised $800,000 to add four mental health advocate positions in schools attended by students displaced by the Marshall Fire in Boulder in late December 2021, local news source 9News reported June 6. 

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