Mario Drops New Visual/Song, Announces Partnership with Equitas

Published on PR Web. Chart-Topping, multi-platinum selling, singer, songwriter, and actor, Mario premiered his stunning new introspective video for the emotionally-charged single, “Care For You” today with BET Soul and BET Her for broadcast, and Entertainment Tonight digitally. “Care For You” is a different kind of song, one that highlights Mario’s relationship with love as a man in this day …

Equitas Executive Director Interviewed on Wrongful Conviction // Season 8 Episode 4 // Disentangling Mental Health & Criminal Justice

In this compelling interview, Vincent Atchity and Kelly Grimes join Jason Flom for a candid discussion about the criminal justice system and how it fails to support Americans with mental health challenges.  Vincent Atchity has served as Executive Director of The Equitas Project since 2015. Vincent is an advocate for public health and health equity, a population health management strategist, …

Jailing people with mental illness is a national problem. The solutions are local.

There are countless problems in this world that lack ready solutions. Jailing so many people with mental illness is not one of them. While it’s a national problem, addressing mental illness in America’s jails requires local people finding on-the-ground solutions. Progress requires teamwork among judges, police, sheriffs, mental health workers, probation officers and others who affect the lives of people …

Coordination and Communication are Key to Improving Mental Health and Criminal Justice in America

Mental health and criminal justice are a tangled mess in communities all across the country. Rather than supporting health from childhood through old age, our social systems show hardly any signs of understanding mental health at all. We don’t systematically recognize or have the capacity to respond to early indications for concern, and instead rely upon law enforcement to intervene …

National Public Defenders Summit Directives Document Now Available

Public defenders from around the country convened in Denver this spring for the first of its kind event to build consensus for policy and practice reforms.  Top defenders from 21 states and the District of Columbia met for two days to debate reforms to safely reduce incarceration, while improving the lives and wellbeing of individuals living with mental health challenges. Public …

The Unsung Role That Ordinary Citizens Played in the Great Crime Decline

Most theories for the great crime decline that swept across nearly every major American city over the last 25 years have focused on the would-be criminals. But none of these explanations have paid much attention to the communities where violence plummeted the most. New research suggests that people there were working hard, with little credit, to address the problem themselves. …

We need to rethink how we classify mental illness

How do we decide what emotions, thoughts and behaviours are normal, abnormal or pathological? This is essentially what a select group of psychiatrists decide each time they revise the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a bible for mental health professionals worldwide. Bioethicists and philosophers of psychiatry are trained in bringing value judgments to light and analyzing them …

Vera Institute: Out of Sight

his report explores one of the Incarceration Trends project’s most startling revelations—that the main drivers of mass incarceration are small and rural counties, not major cities. Vera’s research identified two drivers of this trend: an increase in the number of people being held pretrial, and in the number of people being held for other authorities. Read the full report and fact sheet here.

We Asked What It’s Like to Have a Mental Illness in Prison

How do circumstances like waiting months to see a psychiatrist or not having access to medication impact the people who rely on this care to stay healthy? We asked six former inmates who were managing psychological conditions during their sentence what their experiences with prison mental health services were like. While some spoke about positive and attentive care, others weren’t …

Media’s Damaging Depictions of Mental Illness

Research has shown that many people get their information about mental illness from the mass media (Wahl, 2004). What they do see can color their perspective, leading them to fear, avoid and discriminate against individuals with mental illness. Whether it’s a film, news program, newspaper or TV show, the media perpetuates many myths about mental illness. Read the full article …