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AP adds entry on mental illness


In case you missed it: New AP entry on mental illness

In case you missed it, the Associated Press has added an entry on mental illness to its stylebook: www.ap.org/content/press-release/2013/entry-on-mental-illness-is-added-to-ap-stylebook.

The entry encourages reporters to mention mental illness only when it is relevant to the story (a diagnosis 10 years ago may not be a factor in a current event); use specific terms (cancer or diabetes is typically more appropriate and informative than a vague term like "physical illness"); ensure the source of the information is credible, and cite that source.

The press release lists the National Institute of Mental Health as a source on mental health. Other national sources on behavioral health  include the federal agency Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, www.samhsa.gov, the advocacy group Mental Health America, www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/information, and the National Council for Community Behavioral Health, www.thenationalcouncil.org   

Alaska sources include NAMI chapters, www.nami.org/sites/alaska, and the Alaska Mental Health Board, http://hss.alaska.gov/amhb. A list of behavioral health providers in Alaska is available on the main state Division of Behavioral Health web page, http://dhss.alaska.gov/dbh, from the link towards the bottom titled, "Treatment and Recovery Grantees."

Contact:  Sarana Schell, 907-269-8041, Cell 907-398-1480, sarana.schell@alaska.gov


The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services promotes and protects the health and well-being of Alaskans. We help individuals and families create safe and healthy communities. For more information, visit http://hss.alaska.gov/.


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