Why Mental Health Treatment is Not an Easy Solution to Violence
Forensic psychologist and NC State professor of psychology Sarah Desmarais has studied mental illness, violence and mental health treatment at length. In this opinion piece, she explains why mental health treatment is not going to “cure” violence.
Pilot Project Offers Blueprint for Addressing Mental Health Needs of Homeless Children
Research from NC State outlines the lessons learned from a five-year pilot project designed to meet the mental health needs of children in homeless families — and could serve as a blueprint for similar efforts around the country.
For Some Vets, a PTSD Diagnosis Comes Along With Personal Growth
New research by psychologists at North Carolina State University shows that post-traumatic stress disorder among military veterans can lead to increased appreciation of life and enhanced inner strength. The findings add new context to the disorder that also often leads to tremendous suffering — and even suicide — among veterans. Jessica Morgan, a doctoral student in psychology, featured.
Study IDs Key Indicators Linking Violence, Mental Illness
New research finds that a host of factors are associated with adults with mental illness becoming victims or perpetrators of violence. The work highlights the importance of interventions to treat mental-health problems in order to reduce community violence and instances of mental-health crises.
Researchers Study How to Improve Mental Health Conditions at County Jail
Through a partnership with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, NC State researchers are studying how to improve mental health conditions at the county jail. The project, which supports Wake County’s participation in the White House’s Data-Driven Justice Initiative, aims to help the jail operate more efficiently, but also improve the care and outcomes of those with mental health problems.