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Legal Perspectives for Individuals and Families Coping with Mental Health Problems and Substance Abuse
Carolyn Reinach Wolf
Those seeking workplace solutions for mental health must consider their jobs, bosses, and organizations, as well as their rights and the rights of employers.
The suicide of esteemed psychologist Gregory Eels brings to light the toll of working in the mental health field and the help often needed by those who give deeply of themselves.
President Trump's comments on building institutions for the mentally ill reflect ignorance and disregard for inhumane realities—and such facilities won't prevent mass shootings.
College represents a perfect storm: the age when mental illness surfaces, pressures and temptations intensify, and legal adulthood blocks parents’ access to information.
The family of Thomas Gilbert, Jr., opted against his involuntary commitment because hospitalization would have been too brief; they had no other options to intervene in his care.
Individuals and families impacted by mental illness and addiction can help ensure the field of presidential candidates know fixing our broken system is a priority for voters.
Individuals and loved ones impacted by mental illness—and clinicians, attorneys, financial advisors, accountants—can all benefit from more clear, available legal information
Colleges and families must take proactive, preventive steps to identify and support young people suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression, and grief.
Education, training and guidance from mental health experts can help clergy make a real difference in the lives of those impacted by mental illness and substance abuse
Families face terrible choices when symptomatic loved ones have nowhere to go.
Women are more likely to seek out help when mental health crises arise. It’s crucial to trust their instincts and judgement.
High-profile revelations spurred advancements in the national conversation about mental health this year, but more progress is needed.
Millions of Americans who deal with mental health challenges can advance their priorities this November.
Separate therapeutic interventions for families and court-appointed guardians for individuals who are ill provide needed respite for caregivers
While better protecting patient rights, today’s laws make it extremely challenging for families to secure treatment and provide stability for loved ones with mental illness
Inappropriate comments about mental-health conditions and care add to the stigma for individuals and families struggling with mental illness, and deters people from seeking help.
Detecting early warning signs is more effective than responding to impending threats, because when a student enters a school with a gun and intent to kill, it’s already too late.
Effective mental health interventions require advanced planning, a tightly scripted process, and a team of mental health professionals
College and its lack of supervision, academic pressure and easy access to alcohol and drugs can present challenges for students with mental health issues and serious mental illness
Carolyn Reinach Wolf is a mental health attorney guiding families through the complex landscape of legal issues that impact individuals with serious mental illness and/or substance abuse.