“There are a few things that people don’t know about my brother Samuel Harrell. He wasn’t just an inmate,” Cerissa Harrell tells a group of nearly 50 prepared to blockade the Dutchess County District Attorney’s office on Poughkeepsie’s very public Main Street. Cerissa stands with Diane Harrell, Samuel’s widow. Hands intertwined, Cerissa continues, “Sam’s life was stolen from him. He was only 30 years old. He had so much more life to live.”
When a Florida man told his girlfriend he planned to kill himself, she called the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office for help. He’s “threatened to kill himself twice now; what do I do and who do I call?” she asked the 911 operator, adding “He recently lost his job, in addition to he’s also been drinking.”
A psychiatric hospital in Nevada is under investigation for allegedly busing more than 1,500 patients out of the state over the last five years. Patients discharged from the Rawson-Neal Hospital were routinely sent away on Greyhound buses to every state in the US with no supervision, advance notice, or future treatment plans.
Phone therapy is often considered as a temporary alternative to in-person therapy — when a doctor or patient is traveling, for example, or in an emergency. But a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that phone therapy alone can effectively treat depression.