The Affordable Care Act STILL protects all LGBTQ people from discrimination when it comes to health insurance and health care.

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There are lots of changes in Washington DC but one thing that has not changed—the Affordable Care Act STILL protects all LGBTQ people from discrimination when it comes to health insurance and health care. #KnowYourRights so you can #ExpectMoreDemandMore and check out National Center for Transgender Equality‘s health care action center TODAY to lend your voice: https://transequality.org/health-care-action-center#NoRxforDiscrimination

VHA has teamed up with Walgreens to provide no-cost flu shots for VA patients.

Download your voucher for a free flu shot at your local Walgreens in the link below. VHA has teamed up with Walgreens to provide no-cost flu shots for VA patients through March 31, 2018. https://www.walgreens.com/images/adaptive/pdf/84924_VA_Flu_Voucher_2016.pdf

Working with LGBTI+ Clients: Addiction Therapeutic Services.

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I hope to see many of you there! Friday, March 16th at 12pm Addiction Therapeutic Services, Addiction Tox.com

Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms.

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Let’s work together to not perpetuate misinformation about mental illness or mental health causing gun violence (3 or less victims) or mass shootings (3 or more victims). Thanks.

THE ASSUMPTION THAT MENTAL ILLNESS CAUSES GUN VIOLENCE – a growing body of research suggests that mass shootings represent anecdotal distortions of, rather than representations of, the actions of “mentally ill” people.

The focus on mental illness in the wake of recent mass shootings reflects a decades-long history of more general debates in psychiatry and law about guns, gun violence, and “mental competence.”

Yet surprisingly little population-level evidence supports the notion that individuals diagnosed with mental illness are more likely than anyone else to commit gun crimes. According to Appelbaum,25 less than 3% to 5% of US crimes involve people with mental illness, and the percentages of crimes that involve guns are lower than the national average for persons not diagnosed with mental illness. Databases that track gun homicides, such as the National Center for Health Statistics, similarly show that fewer than 5% of the 120 000 gun-related killings in the United States between 2001 and 2010 were perpetrated by people diagnosed with mental illness.

It is undeniable that persons who have shown violent tendencies should not have access to weapons that could be used to harm themselves or others. However, notions that mental illness caused any particular shooting, or that advance psychiatric attention might prevent these crimes, are more complicated than they often seem.

Myth vs. Fact: Violence and Mental Health.

To separate the facts from the media hype, we talked to Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, a professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine, and one of the leading researchers on mental health and violence. Swanson talked about the dangers of passing laws in the wake of tragedy ― and which new violence-prevention strategies might actually work. https://www.propublica.org/article/myth-vs-fact-violence-and-mental-health

WHITE MEN HAVE COMMITTED MORE MASS SHOOTINGS THAN ANY OTHER GROUP.

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Statistics show that since 1982, the majority of mass shootings — 54 percent — were committed by white men, according to data from Mother Jones. Black people were the second largest perpetrators of mass shootings based on ethnic background, but only accounted for roughly 16 percent of the total incidents during the same time period. http://www.newsweek.com/white-men-have-committed-more-mass-shootings-any-other-group-675602