The young saga of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a one-a-day medication that prevents HIV infection, reads much like the old story of the birth control pill.
Though it was approved by the FDA in 2012, PrEP continues to be stigmatic and little-prescribed despite endorsement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization and Human Rights Campaign. The monthly cost of $1,539.90 can also place it out of reach. Early next year, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) plans to change all of that. Continue reading “Illinois PrEPs for new HIV prevention program”→
Patients and advocates of the North River Mental Health Center gathered at the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Wednesday to urge officials to fill the center’s vacant psychiatrist position. The center has not had a psychiatrist on staff since July 31, leaving patients without crucial medication management, advocates said.
Cook County voted the message loud and clear on Tuesday. Funding mental health services should be a priority for state lawmakers.
An advisory referendum to increase funding passed by a resounding 86 percent, according to unofficial election results posted by The Chicago Tribune. The measure garnered support from more than 1 million out of 1.2 million votes.
A walk through a haunted house can leave you feeling like you’ve run a marathon: pumped full of adrenaline, out of breath and, frankly, relieved it’s over. Some of us love to experience these harmlessly scary situations. Others would rather stick to the pumpkin patch. A neuroscience specialist explains why this might be the case.
Several houses remain open Sunday to test your fear factor.
Tuesday’s advisory referendum to increase mental health care funding is unfortunately a “well-kept secret,” according to Lora Thomas, director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Illinois. It’s tucked away among 47 others on the Cook County ballot. As part of the general election ballot, Cook County voters will have the chance to tell policymakers whether they think funding should be increased.
Physical exams are a no-brainer. But what if we approached our mental health the way we do our blood pressure, with regular, preventative check-ups? Mental health professionals across Chicago and the U.S. are encouraging people to check their noggins for Mental Health Awareness Week.
Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago is offering free wellness screenings for depression this Friday at 1111 N. Wells from 1-6 p.m. The event wraps up extended mental health evaluations for National Depression Screening Day. Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI) brought the event to Chicago with screenings that started Wednesday. Continue reading “Free depression screenings target mental wellness”→