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“FDA Proposes Ban on ‘Shock’ Device Used to Curb Self-Harm”

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This April 22, 2016 HealthDayNews article found on the Philly.com website talks about a proposal by the FDA to ban the use of shock devices used for treating self-harm.  Most people these devices are used on have an Intellectual Disability and the FDA thinks about 30 to 40 people in a single facility who are being “treated” with these devices.  Some of the side effects of these devices include skin irritation or burns, and shocking if the device malfunctions but no self-harm is occurring.

“the semicolon project “

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This June 18, 2015 post on the “HPWRITESBLOG” talks about the semicolon project that aims to help those struggling with anxiety, depression, self-harm or suicidal tendencies.

“Family Acceptance Key to Curbing Teen Suicides, Study Shows”

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This October 17, 2014 Health Day article posted on the Philly.com website talks about how teens who feel they are accepted by peers and family members tend to be at a decreased risk for suicide.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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Mental Health Awareness Month is used in the United States to raise awareness of mental illness and it’s impact not only on the person who has a mental illness, but the impact their diagnosis has on the world around them.

“Some Plans Refuse To Cover Medical Costs Related To Suicide Despite Federal Rules”


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This February 18, 2014 Gant Daily article talks about ways that insurance companies will exclude coverage for medical expenses related to suicide or attempted suicide despite the fact that Federal Law says they aren’t suppose to do this.  Insurance companies claim exclusion by refusing to cover “self-inflicted” injuries.  This makes me wonder if someone with Diabetes who isn’t doing everything they can to manage their glucose levels and ends up in the hospital because their lack of disease management caused them to go into a diabetic coma would also be told that their insurance won’t cover expenses?  After all anyone who has been in the mental health system has likely been told at some point that “Just like a diabetic has to take insulin you will have to take medication for the rest of your life to treat your mental illness”  if that comparison is good enough for explaining why someone with a mental illness needs to take medication, then couldn’t the same argument be applied something like “Just like a diabetic with insurance is covered by insurance if they don’t manage their blood sugar, then a person with a mental illness is covered by insurance if they attempt suicide”?  It could easily be argued that the diabetic not managing their disorder properly set them self up for a “self-inflicted diabetic coma”, but I’m willing to bet insurance would cover the diabetic’s hospital expenses without exclusion, so why not give someone with a mental illness the same coverage?

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Today is National Self-injury Awareness Day


March 1, 2013 is Self-Injury Awareness Day

For those who want to learn a little more about Self-injury, here’s a link to a paper I wrote in college on the subject ….. “An Opinion Paper on Self-Injury



“Suicide: a growing problem”

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This January 21, 2013 article on the GoErie.com website talks about the ever-increasing suicide rates in America and what some of the warning signs are in addition to what can be done to help prevent this epidemic.

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