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News Analysis: Role of Illness in Germanwings Crash Raises Worry About Stigma

7 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

An intense focus on co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s mental illness in the Germanwings jet crash raised concerns that it could stigmatize mentally ill people and make it harder to identify workers who pose a safety threat.

The Cross of Mental Illness

The life-size wooden cross in middle of the sanctuary at Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis is draped in purple and beneath it sits a bucket of nails. For the 40 days of Lent the cross represents both a reminder of God's activity in the world and an invitation to realign our lives if we have gone astray. Show More Summary

Mental Health Screening Wouldn't Have Saved Germanwings 9525

Screening must balance concerns of rare high-risk cases versus the vast majority of functional people with mental illness trying to overcome stigma and judgment

After the Germanwings Crash, 7 Lessons About Mental Illness

Not all depressions are alike. Severe depression with psychotic features may elude a clinician as they are well masked or not present at the time of the exam. Symptoms ebb and flow, troubled people can be high functioning and we have much to uncover about the conditions of the Germanwings co-pilot.

Russell Brand: The reason Fox News can’t talk about mental illness is because Fox News causes it

13 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

On the latest episode of The Trews, British comedian and activist Russell Brand discussed the crash of a Germanwings plane and the media’s rush to blame it on the suicidal captain. He engages in a dialogue with a Neil Cavuto monologue in which the Fox News host speculates about the...

Nashville Is Using Sterilization As A Bargaining Tool In Plea Deals For The Most Vulnerable

Nashville prosecutors are returning to the dark ages when it was common to use sterilization as a bargaining tool for plea deals for society’s most vulnerable: minorities, the poor and the mentally ill. The most recent case in Nashville is one of four that has occurred over the last five years, and involves a mentally […]

Suicide, Violence and Mental Illness

Photo: AP The story of 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz, co-pilot of Germanwings Flight #9525 who, reportedly, resolutely defied medical letters not to work because of illness and took 150 people, including himself, to a brutal end will surely...Show More Summary

Claims About Andreas Lubitz's Mental Health Further Stigmatize Mental Illnesses

As one would expect, there has been a lot of press over last week's tragic crash of the Germanwings jetliner. Most media outlets are reporting the facts, but then there are some, like UK's The Sun, who choose to sensationalize and further...Show More Summary

Tennessee Tried To Coerce A Mentally Ill Woman To Undergo Sterilization In Plea Deal

The case has reignited debate around the use of sterilizations as a bargaining chip in negotiations, particularly when they involve poor defendants. The post Tennessee Tried To Coerce A Mentally Ill Woman To Undergo Sterilization In Plea Deal appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Parents Accused Of Locking Mentally Ill Teen In Basement, Forcing Her To Wear Soiled Diapers To School

19 hours agoNews / Crime : Crime Feed

A couple is facing charges of child neglect after an anonymous caller told police the pair was treating their daughter like an animal. The post Parents Accused Of Locking Mentally Ill Teen In Basement, Forcing Her To Wear Soiled Diapers To School appeared first on Crime Feed.

Did Mental Illness Make the Pilot Crash the Plane?

Not all depressions are alike. Severe depression with psychotic features may elude a clinician as they are well masked or not present at the time of the exam. Symptoms ebb and flow, troubled people can be high functioning and we have much to uncover about the conditions of the Germanwings co-pilot.

Thinking About Mental Illness and the Crash of Germanwings Flight 9525

When an airplane goes down, it usually takes a long time before we know what happened. So it’s shocking on... Read More

Stop Using Fear to Promote Treatment for Mental Illness

Today, the fear of the moment is the risk of violence from the mentally ill. Tragedies abound in our media, and sadly, many can be linked to mental illness. Particularly untreated mental illness.But, reactionary responses to mental illness merely guarantee more problems in the future.

"Mental illness" is not the Endpoint Answer to Why Someone Commits Mass Murder

Over on Clinical Psychiatry News, I wrote a an article about still-unfolding story of the Germanwings co-pilot who deliberately crashed a plane into the French Alps, killing 150 people. Please surf over to read Was Mental Illness a Factor is the Germanwings Crash. Show More Summary

Using Perspective To Master Our Depression

When we are in the process of recovering from our depression or mental illness, we may have a lot of ambition and good intention with the things we do. We start eating healthier, we decide to read books on self-awareness, we slowly change our habits and decide to leave the negative people our lives. We do absolutely everything […]

Does wellbeing promote good mental health?

The importance of mental wellbeing has gained significant support in recent times. But does it protect against mental illness?

Resilience: Two Sisters, Mental Illness, A Trust Fun and Quite the Ride

Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness is a memoir written by Jessie Close with journalist/advocate Pete Earley, plus a few 'chime in' chapters written by Jessie's actress sister, Glenn Close. So let's start with family history. Show More Summary

Too Ill to Fly? Shifting Ideas of Pilot Fitness

Aviation experts say that most screening programs in Europe and the United States are based on an honor system that relies on pilots volunteering information about their mental health.

Don’t Let The Germanwings Crash Stigmatize Mental Illness

We have a mental health crisis on our hands. We can't allow tragedies such as the the Germanwings crash to stigmatize it even further.

Mental Illness & Public Safety

This week's air tragedy in France was apparently the result of an unrecognized or unreported mental illness in one of the pilots; that failure led to the death of the afflicted individual and 149 other passengers and crew members. While...Show More Summary

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