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In a major victory for mental health advocates, the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued an opinion Tuesday that found the government is violating the due process rights of people in mental health crises as they await treatment in the state.

The case involved a woman identified only as Jane Doe, who argued the state failed to provide her with a court hearing to challenge her confinement within three days, as required by law. 

New Hampshire Senate Democrats are pushing for bills they say would address the growing crisis of children awaiting psychiatric care in the state's hospitals.

That number has increased to historic levels during the pandemic in New Hampshire and across the United States.

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A dispute centering on the legal rights of those held against their will because of alleged psychiatric concerns will go before the justices of New Hampshire Supreme Court Thursday.

The Therapeutic Power of Music

Mar 19, 2021
Smooth Radio

Music's benefits for those with dementia are well-known, but it is also therapeutic across the board. We discuss the complex impacts that music has on our brains and how this knowledge is being used in medical treatment and therapy. 

Air date: Monday, March 22, 2021. 

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A continuación, lee las noticias del viernes 19 de marzo y una conversación sobre salud mental infantil. También puedes escucharlas haciendo click en el audio. 

Una nota: Lo escrito es nuestro guión para nuestras grabaciones. Tenlo en cuenta si ves algunas anotaciones diferentes.

Los adultos de 50 o más podrán registrarse para la vacuna contra el COVID-19 a partir de la próxima semana

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A continuación, lee las noticias del viernes 12 de marzo y la conversación que tuvimos con la terapista Watilla Burpee sobre salud mental. También puedes escucharlas haciendo click en el audio. 

Una nota: Lo escrito es nuestro guión para nuestras grabaciones. Tenlo en cuenta si ves algunas anotaciones diferentes.

 

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The University of New Hampshire is getting nearly $3 million to study the effectiveness of wilderness therapy in treating teens with depression, anxiety and substance use disorders.

Officials say the grant money will allow the university's Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center to conduct the first randomized clinical trial to compare the treatment and outcomes for several groups of youth.

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UNH

The University of New Hampshire is getting nearly $3 million to study the effectiveness of wilderness therapy in treating teens with depression, anxiety and substance use disorders.

Officials say the grant money will allow the university's Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center to conduct the first randomized clinical trial to compare the treatment and outcomes for several groups of youth.

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An art contest designed to highlight the mental health experiences of children is now open for submissions.

The Magnify Voices 2021 Expressive Arts Contest is seeking short films, creative writing, or other forms of art from New Hampshire middle and high school students through the end of March.

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With the number of children and adults in need of psychiatric care being held in emergency rooms reaching historic numbers, the state announced Thursday it will temporarily transition ten beds at New Hampshire Hospital to care for children.

The state has long struggled with a shortage of inpatient and community-based treatment options for people with mental health crises. In recent days, the number of children being held inside emergency rooms waiting to be transferred to a more appropriate facility has grown to 50.

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A former Berlin police officer is facing criminal charges for allegedly photographing and videotaping a patient in psychiatric distress at a hospital.

Philip Pelletier, 31, is accused of taking the photographs while working an overtime shift at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in early 2019.

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Colleges around New Hampshire are taking steps to support students through Tuesday’s election and the following days.

This year has brought on a lot: a pandemic, an economic downturn, wildfires in the West, a focus on racial injustice.

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It's no secret the pandemic has caused general levels of anxiety and depression to rise, and that holds true for young people. The New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness sees this manifesting in one troubling statistic - the rise in the number of young people waiting for a bed for psychiatric care.

All Things Considered Host Peter Biello interviewed Ken Norton, executive director of NAMI New Hampshire, for more on this.


Live From Home: Pandemic Mental Health & Self-Care

Sep 3, 2020
The Exchange

In the fourth and final event in our Live From Home series, The Exchange talked with three mental health specialists about how the pandemic and other stressors of 2020 are impacting our mental health in the every day, and in the long term. We talked about how existing trauma may be exacerbated, and the ways in which people can cope and build resiliency. 

Scroll down to listen to the broadcast version of the show, or watch the video of the full program. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing distress or contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, call the N.H. Domestic Violence Hotline at 866-644-3574.

Air date: Thursday, September 3, 2020.

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The coronavirus pandemic has both helped and hurt when it comes to New Hampshire's longstanding problem of psychiatric patients waiting in emergency rooms for inpatient beds.

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Veterans who need mental health services can turn to talk therapy, which often occurs in group settings run by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

When Eric Golnik left the Navy after eight years in the service, he was frustrated by how hard it was to find counseling that felt right for him as a gay veteran.

Today, the CEO and founder of VFR Healthcare, Golnick and his team are creating trauma resources for LGBTQ+ vets and first responders.

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Children are facing not only the stress of remote learning and social isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but also a week of social unrest across the country. In the midst of all this uncertainty and loss, how are they handling the turmoil? We discuss childrens' mental health, how we can address their concerns and what the long-term impacts might be. 

Air date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020. 

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A judge sided with plaintiffs Thursday in a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the ACLU-NH against the state of New Hampshire.

Oral arguments were heard today, via video conference, in a federal civil rights lawsuit. It alleges the state of New Hampshire is failing to provide due process to people who are involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment.

The lawsuit, filed by the ACLU-NH, targets a practice known as emergency room boarding that occurs when psychiatric patients deemed to be a danger to themselves or others are forced to wait in hospital emergency departments because of a waitlist for beds at the state psychiatric hospital and other state-designated facilities.

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After seeing many of his peers at Dartmouth College struggle with their mental health during his freshman year, Sanat Mohapatra decided he had to do something about it.

That’s how Unmasked, a social media application focused on anonymous peer-to-peer support, was born.

Mohapatra, now a senior at Dartmouth, recently spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello to tell him more about his new app.

Gov. Chris Sununu is touting new progress in the state’s efforts to end the waitlist for patients to enter the state psychiatric hospital.

 

The state is seeking feedback from parents and community partners on its tentative plan to open a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) for youth in a recently closed wing of the Sununu Youth Services Center. 

The New Hampshire Insurance Department found what it calls “a warning sign” during an investigation into whether insurance carriers in the state are following a federal law that requires insurers to cover mental health services as they would any other medical services.

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A group of providers and staff with the Department of Health and Human Services are re-examining the state’s model for how to treat young people with substance use disorders and mental health challenges, following the closure last month of the state’s sole addiction treatment center for youth. 

Children were restrained or secluded more than 20,000 times in residential youth behavioral health facilities in New Hampshire over a five year period from 2014 to 2018. That’s the finding of a new report from the Office of the Child Advocate, an independent watchdog agency that oversees the state’s Division for Children, Youth, and Families.

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Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Parkland Medical Center in Derry have announced they are adding a combined 8 new inpatient psychiatric beds.

The new beds come amid a years-long statewide shortage of mental health treatment options that, among other impacts, has forced many mental health patients to languish in emergency rooms for days or even weeks.

Amidst an ongoing lawsuit over that issue, lawmakers last year passed additional funding for mental health beds in the state.

Rebroadcast: Anxious Times - Helping Kids Cope

Dec 26, 2019

We talk with a psychologist and author about how to approach conversations about frightening world events and help children process distressing news they inevitably hear about. With anxiety on the rise in kids, we hear strategies for young people and the adults who take care of them.

Original Air date: October 1, 2019

State health officials say they are planning to apply for a waiver from the federal government that would loosen restrictions on how Medicaid dollars could be spent on mental health treatment in New Hampshire.

Federal law currently prohibits the use of Medicaid dollars to pay for mental health care at facilities with more than 16 beds, to prevent the so-called “warehousing” of mental health patients with public funds.

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Police in New Hampshire are calling for more resources to support officers who are struggling with mental health issues.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., heard from law enforcement officials and mental health advocates during a roundtable Tuesday at the Nashua Police Department.

Many police departments across the state, Nashua and Manchester included, have peer support programs for employees struggling with mental health.

But Shaheen says we need more research and support for these kinds of efforts.

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New research from the University of New Hampshire shows wilderness therapy is more effective and cheaper than traditional methods for treating adolescents with substance use and mental health issues.

In wilderness therapy, teenagers receive treatment in the context of outdoor experiences like backpacking trips or rock-climbing.

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