Mental Health

Florida’s Strained Mental Health System

By Kacey Heekin (2015) Mental illness is a serious and prevalent condition in today’s society. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 18.5% of adults in the United States currently experience any mental illness and 4.2% experience serious mental illness (SAMHSA, 2014). Despite the consistent magnitude of this condition throughout […]

Mental Health and Violence: Misconceptions Surrounding Mental Illness

By Kacey Heekin (2015) Mental illness is a serious and prevalent condition in today’s society. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 18.5% of adults in the United States currently experience any mental illness and 4.2% experience serious mental illness (SAMHSA, 2014). Despite the prevalence of this condition, there remains […]

Aging and Mental Health: The Troubles Facing the Current Geriatric Mental Health System

By Kacey Heekin (2015) Mental illness in older adults isa prevalent condition that is associated with serious physical, social, and economic consequences. A significant percentage of older adults in the United States experience mental illness, although the exact prevalence of mental illness in older adults varies by definition and source. According to a report by […]

The Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems: the Burden of Forcing One System’s Responsibilities onto Another

By Kacey Heekin (2015) Introduction Mental illness is a serious and prevalent condition in today’s society. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 18.5% of adults in the United States currently experience any mental illness (AMI) and 4.2% experience serious mental illness (SMI) (SAMHSA, 2014). Mental illness is associated with […]

Review of the Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence, with Specific Regard to Mental Health Issues

By Kacey Heekin (2016) Introduction The White House recently released a proposal of executive actions intended to reduce gun violence in the United States. These executive actions come as a response to a decade of an overwhelming amount of gun-related deaths, injuries, and crimes. The Administration has announced that the executive actions are designed to: […]