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Substance Abuse

People With Brain Injury Vulnerable to Substance Abuse

Increasingly, people with a traumatic brain injury are likely to have a substance use disorder, providing another alarming layer to the nation’s opioid overdose crisis as each pose a risk that people might develop the other. Dr. J. Craig Allen, vice president of addiction services with Hartford HealthCare, said, “The pairing...

Suicide Prevention

New study: Will Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help Prevent Suicide?

Hospitals provide a safe, if temporary, haven for people who have attempted suicide. Once they are released, however, the risk they will try to kill themselves again remains quite high. A newly-funded study at the Institute of Living in Hartford, part of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, will investigate...


How To Talk To Someone Who Has Dementia

By Michelle Wyman, Dementia Specialist Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging How to communicate with people who have dementia: Always state their name before speaking. This attracts their attention. Maintain eye contact throughout the conversation. Avoid speaking from another room or from behind. They may have forgotten you were in...

Screen Time

Natchaug Psychiatrist: Screen Time Boosts Mental Health Problems in Youth

In a recent Detroit News article entitled “Cellphone suspensions: Schools lock away digital distractions, Dr. Paul Weigle, associate medical director of ambulatory services at Natchaug Hospital in Mansfield, was quoted as relating increased screen use to mental health problems in youths. Dr. Weigle was speaking as a board member of Children...

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention: When People Offering Help Actually Need It

Two recent high-profile suicide deaths of men who worked with those at-risk for suicide highlights the increased suicide rate for those who provide services and care. The importance or raising awareness in September, National Suicide Prevention Month, is highlighted by the deaths of Gregory Eells, the executive director of counseling...


How to Prevent a Suicide? Ask the ‘Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge’

As a California Highway Patrol Officer, Sgt. Kevin Briggs worked on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, often with suicidal people, but his own struggles with depression made his presentation Sept. 13 even more impactful at the seventh annual World Suicide Prevention Conference at Heublein Hall at Hartford Hospital....