Category: Mental Health

Medicaid Rollback Causing Real Chaos | The Majority Report

Kathy Hempstead from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation joins the program to discuss the rollback of Medicaid benefits. Health officials are preparing for potential chaos as states begin to reassess Medicaid eligibility, a process that hasn’t occurred in three years. The expiration of a pandemic policy guaranteeing eligibility raises concerns that vulnerable individuals may lose coverage and fall through the cracks.

While the Biden administration allows states a year to complete the redetermination process, some states, like Arkansas, aim to expedite the process within six months. The impending change could result in millions of people losing Medicaid, and experts predict it will have a significant impact on healthcare, particularly in non-expansion states. There are concerns about administrative barriers and the potential loss of coverage for individuals with incomplete paperwork.

While efforts are being made to minimize disruptions and provide smooth transitions, challenges such as mail delivery issues and lack of awareness among recipients persist. The implications of this coverage shift are expected to be significant, and the Biden administration’s estimate suggests that up to 15 million people may be at risk of losing Medicaid.

Exposing America’s Violence Against Black Women | The Majority Report

Dr. Treva B. Lindsey and The Majority Report’s Emma Vigeland discuss how America, Goddam sheds light on the violence endured by Black women and girls in the United States, examining the intersecting forces of anti-Blackness, misogyny, patriarchy, and capitalism that shape their lives. Through personal narratives, insightful analysis, and a blend of history, theory, and memoir, author Treva B. Lindsey exposes the often overlooked gender dynamics of anti-Black violence and highlights the demands for justice made by Black women and their communities. The book explores the marginalized position of Black women within Black freedom movements, their leadership in advocating for justice, and their historical contributions to organizing and radical politics. America, Goddam is a call to action, urging readers to confront the pervasive violence targeting Black women and girls and strive for a more just future.

Book Bans Are Fascist | Leeja Miller, JD

A recent wave of book bans and curbs to educational free speech, led in part by Florida governor Ron DeSantis is hurting our children and allowing a vocal radical minority of parents and lawmakers control the narrative.

The Theory of Constructed Emotion with Lisa Feldman Barrett

A brief summary clip from the Evolving Leader Podcast, featuring co-hosts Jean Gomes and Scott Allender, interviewing neuroscientist Dr Lisa Feldman Barrett about the Theory of Constructed Emotion. Dr Feldman Barrett is Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, and Chief Science Officer for the Center for Law, Brain and Behaviour at Harvard and her work is profoundly changing our understanding of the brain, and in particular, our emotions.

Since the ancient philosophers, and into our last century of scientific endeavour, emotions have been seen as hard-wired responses to external stimuli, located in specific regions of the brain. Lisa’s evidentiary science has over-turned this age-old model which shapes everything from our current beliefs about emotional intelligence to facial recognition software widely being deployed around the world.

How To Build A Solarpunk City | Andrewism

I believe our cities should belong to us. They should be cooperative, co-creative, ecological, and egalitarian spaces, by and for the people. We have so much untapped urban potential just waiting to be explored. Join me as we determine how to build a SolarPunk city.

Mental Health for All by Involving All | Vikram Patel

People by the hundreds of millions are deeply affected by poor mental health worldwide. Across the global north and south only a fraction receive appropriate care, with close to 90 percent going untreated from the instability caused by neoliberalism, with the commodification of healthcare pushing the costs of accessing therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists hopelessly beyond reach.

We must re-prioritize mental health and fitness as critical social infrastructure, a necessity for any functioning liberal and engaged democracy. The democratization of medical education and practice, codifying and funding a system of learned, professionally mentored and accountable peer-based healthcare is a realisable goal.

In this 2012 presentation, Prof Vikram Patel outlines a now proven approach ― training community members to coordinate mental health interventions, empowering ordinary people to care for each other.
Transcripts for Mental Health For All By Involving all | Vikram Patel • TEDGlobal 2012

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