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October 21, 2016

Creating an effective treatment for schizophrenia requires a better understanding of its biology, of the genes that cause it. Using technology to illuminate chromosomes, scientists confirmed the underlying genetics of this mental disorder. The identified genetic disruptions occur at a crucial time in brain development.

The science team hopes its research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, leads to new medications to treat the disorder. More important, using a similar strategy could Read More

    Program to keep non-violent offenders with mental health issues out of jail is awarded more than $1 million.


    In January of 2014, Circuit Court Judge Erika Quartermaine convened a small group of concerned stakeholders to talk about how to address the number of low-level offenders with chronic mental illness issues repeatedly showing up in Sarasota courtrooms.

    That meeting became the catalyst to create a program that could divert non-violent offenders with mental health issues from Read More

    SARASOTA — In recent years, individuals’ rights have advanced on many fronts — same-sex marriage, gender identity, the right to a peaceful death. So what is the nation’s next big social issues battle?

    “This is the civil rights issue of our generation,” said panelist Rajiv Tandon, a psychiatrist and president of NAMI Florida, speaking at a forum Friday hosted by the Sarasota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Read More

    Aug 29, 2016

    MANATEE COUNTY (WWSB) – Paramedics in Manatee County are learning how to better help patients with mental health and substance abuse issues.

    The county is launching its new community para-medicine program. It aims to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, increase access to primary care and cut down on hospital readmission. Paramedics will work with those struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. They will also help patients who frequently fall, have heart or respiratory problems, Read More

    , USA TODAY 8:36 a.m. EDT September 1, 2016

    As Run-D.M.C. got in the studio to record their fifth album, Back From Hell, the Devastating Mic Controller was losing control.

    Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels was drinking a case ofOlde English 800 a day to numb himself from the pain of losing his creative freedom in the group and, at points, his will to live. “People looked at it as, ‘You shouldn’t feel this way because you’re D.M.C., you’re famous, you have this or that,'” he Read More

    By Vern Buchanan, Herald-Tribune Guest Columnist Published: Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 1:00 a.m.

    Nearly one out of four Americans experiences mental illness in a given year. That’s more than 61 million people dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or some other affliction. But the pain and suffering don’t end there. Millions of their family members struggle to help them get the treatment they need.

    During a town hall I held in Sarasota on mental health, the stories were heartbreaking. One devoted mom Read More

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