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In the wake of the tragedy that took the lives of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, a blogger from across the country was arguably the first to break through the noise and galvanize a debate around mental health. Liza Long’s blog post about raising a mentally ill child, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” talks about her experiences raising her 13-year-old son, whom she describes as a gifted but unpredictable child who has threatened to kill her and himself. As she put it, “I love my son. But he terrifies me." Her blog post quickly went viral, got picked up by the The Huffington Post and others, earned a million likes on Facebook, and led to Long's appearance on CNN to talk about the way mental illness is …
More college students in Maryland are seeking mental health counseling this fall than in past semesters.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
By Sarah Meehan, Capital News Service More college students in Maryland are seeking mental health counseling this fall than in past semesters—an increase university counselors attribute to a combination of greater stress and heightened awareness among students. At the University of Maryland, College Park, the University Health Center's Mental Health Services unit has seen 687 patients this semester, said Jeri Boliek, the triage services coordinator for the department. Compared to last fall, that's a 20 percent increase in patients. Also since the fall, Boliek said the center has seen a 50-percent increase in those seeking urgent care for desperate—sometimes suicidal—situations. "We know that suicide is a definite risk—it's the second-…