mental health


Mon May 5, 2014
Station Announcement

On air: Mental health care in upstate New York

WRVO's community forum on mental health was held at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica.
Lorraine Rapp WRVO

This health forum broadcast on WRVO Sunday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m.

The forum explored the current situation for mental health care particularly in upstate New York. What impact does the state government, federal programs like the Affordable Care Act, and non-profits have on mental health care in the community. We discuss the needs and future of mental health care in the region – and how government funding and the social, demographic and economic situation are changing both.


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Sun October 13, 2013

Decluttering your home can also mean decluttering your mind

spykster Flickr

It comes in many different forms and can show up in many different places — on top of something, under something, around something, inside of something. Clutter can essentially happen just about anywhere. While this description may sound a bit scary, one psychologist insists it’s not as scary as many people may think.

This week on Take Care, Dr. Robin Zasio discusses how to manage clutter. Zasio is clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders. She has appeared on the A&E reality television show Hoarders, and is the author of The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Zasio.

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Fri September 27, 2013
Mental Health

Schumer wants better VA, police coordination on mental health

New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, right, wants the Veterans Affairs medical network to better handle mental health issues.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for more coordination between police and Veterans Affairs medical centers to treat veterans with mental health problems.

Schumer, a Democrat from New York, wants the VA to investigate its handling of mentally ill veterans in the wake of a veteran’s shooting spree. Police say Navy veteran Aaron Alexis killed 12 people on a base in Washington D.C. last week.

Schumer says ineffective communication between police and military allowed Alexis to not be treated.

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Tue July 23, 2013

Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary touts triumphs, still more to do

ADA advocates march down East Washington St. in Syracuse during a celebration of the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Advocates for the disabled in Syracuse are marking the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but activists say there are still some areas where progress needs to be made.

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Sun June 30, 2013

Dealing with youth mental illness

Credit Goodman Beck Publishing

More education on mental illness in youth is needed throughout American society. That’s the conclusion of two guests this week on “Take Care.” Michael Fitzpatrick, the executive director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Karen Winters Schwartz, who has two children who dealt with mental health issues, both agree education is key to helping young people and their families cope with mental illness. Winters Schwartz wrote a book "Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey Through Bipolar Disorder," a fictionalized account based on her experience with one of her children; she also is a board member of NAMI.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Michael Fitzpatrick and Karen Winters Schwartz.

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Wed March 20, 2013
Politics and Government

Magazine provision of gun law may be overturned

Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirms that he and legislative leaders are talking about changing the state’s newly enacted gun laws to rescind a ban on the sale of 10 bullet magazines.

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Fri March 15, 2013
Politics and Government

Mental health requirements of NY's gun control law take effect

Starting this weekend, the mental health component of the New York Safe Act, the state's new gun control law, kicks in. It will require mental health care providers to notify law enforcement officials if they know of anyone who could be a danger to themselves or others. Law enforcement then compares names to gun registration databases, and if there's a match, confiscate guns or revokes a pistol permit. While many mental health professionals are say they are ready for the paperwork, they aren't convinced it will do any good.

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Fri March 8, 2013
Politics and Government

Mental health advocates protest some provisions of gun law

Second Amendment rights advocates, who have held rallies in Albany recently, are not the only group upset with portions of the state’s recently enacted gun law.  Some people with mental illnesses believe the law unfairly stigmatizes them.

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Mon February 11, 2013
Regional Coverage

Psychologist says more focus needs to be on access to guns

The effects of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. in December that killed 26 children and staff, lingers in the psychological community. It's one reason Syracuse University's psychology department is hosting a panel discussion Monday night focusing on different aspects of the psychology of school violence. One presenter is worried how this tragedy could end up further stigmatizing mental illness.

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Thu January 17, 2013
Politics and Government

Mental health groups concerned about parts of new state gun control law

Mental health advocates have some concerns over portions of the gun control laws approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature this week.

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Tue January 15, 2013
Politics and Government

New York has toughest gun control law in nation

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs gun control bill into law Tuesday
Karen DeWitt/WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo swiftly signed New York’s new sweeping anti-gun measures into law, just minutes after the Assembly finished an over four-hour long debate and voted for the bills.  

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Mon January 14, 2013
Politics and Government

Gun control deal close in Albany

New details are emerging on gun control legislation that lawmakers say could be passed as early as today.

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Fri January 11, 2013

Some mental health experts worry about gun control proposals

It was no surprise that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address focused on the issue of gun control in New York. Following several tragedies in recent months, Cuomo put forward a list of proposed laws to tighten gun control. But one part of the proposal in particular may prove controversial.

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Wed December 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Vets Peer-to-Peer Outreach Center opens in Watertown

The new Vets Outreach Center opened its doors Friday in Watertown.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

A new center to help veterans through mental health problems opened Friday in Watertown. Veteran volunteers will help their peers get the services they need.

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Mon October 15, 2012

Police face higher health risks: UBuffalo study

More than 460 Buffalo Police officers were interviewed for a new study examining the adverse health effects of working in law enforcement. Above, an abandoned Buffalo Police station.
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Due to the stressful nature of police work, law enforcement officers face higher risks of obesity, suicide, sleeplessness and cancer, according to a new study from a University at Buffalo professor who has a unique insight into the issue.

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Thu October 11, 2012
Regional Coverage

Ft. Drum and community work to provide mental health services

For the first time since Fort Drum's expansion after the terrorist attack of 9/11, all of its three brigade combat teams are back home at the post.  After multiple deployments in two wars spanning 11 years, the soldiers' needs for mental health services are unprecedented, and complicated. Fort Drum and the surrounding community are cooperating to respond to those needs.

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Tue August 7, 2012
Politics and Government

State says Medicaid waiver will "transform" New York's health care

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s aides announced Monday they are asking the federal government for a Medicaid waiver that they say will help make the state a “national model” for health care.

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