A physician’s call for treating mental health patients in the ER with humanity, recent spate of NYPD suicides raise alarm in the force, how trauma affects body’s response to alcohol.

What Is Survivor’s Guilt? And How to Cope. [Medical News Today]
Survivor’s guilt is now considered to be a significant symptom of PTSD. Here’s what you need to know, and what you can do about it.

Three-Year-Old Girl Latest Philippines ‘Drug War’ Victim [Human Rights Watch]
Over in the Philippines, men, women and children continue to die in the name of the president’s violent War on Drugs. The death toll ranges from nearly 7,000 to 27,000. 

Fun Without Alcohol? Sober Bars Offer Social Connections Without Hangovers, DUIs [USA Today]
“We evolved as social creatures. This is a good trend if you want the experience of companionship and social culture but don’t want the negatives.” More coverage of “boozeless bars” and “substance-free zones.”

Fourth NYPD Officer Suicide in 3 Weeks a Reminder of ‘Combustible’ Situation [NBC News]
The NYPD is doubling down on addressing mental illness and depression among NYC police officers. “Accepting help is never a sign of weakness—in fact, it’s a sign of great strength.”

How Trauma and Stress Can Affect Your Body’s Response to Alcohol [ABC]
Stressful life events may impact how you react to alcohol. “The reality is that for some people an increase in stress in their life can knock them around and make it risky to drink, in particular those who have had childhood trauma or disruption.”

After Suicide Attempt, Reno 1868 FC Assistant Coach Becomes an Advocate for Mental Health [Reno Gazette Journal]
Chris Malenab, an assistant coach with the Reno 1868 FC soccer team, transformed his pain for good. After a suicide attempt, he is now an advocate for suicide prevention.

EmPath: Stopping the Dehumanization of Behavioral Health Patients in ERs [STAT News]
“Psychiatric patients in the emergency department can end up being treated as less than human.” A 20-year hospital physician urges greater empathy, kindness and the right mindset toward treating people experiencing a mental health crisis.

51 Pills a Day: Judge Orders Redo in Trial of Pain Clinic Nurse Practitioner [Tennessean]
A judge has ordered the Tennessee Board of Nursing to rethink its decision to let a nurse practitioner who wrote “colossal” opioid prescriptions keep her license, saying the board ignored basic rules of evidence during deliberations.

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