Mental Health: How We've Improved and Where We Need to Do Better in 2020
Congratulations to our Employees of the Month and of the Year!
Dr. Cruz New President of Medical Staff
Aurora Charter Oak Hospital congratulates Cesar Cruz, MD, the new president of our medical staff. Dr. Cruz is the Service Director for the hospital’s CARES Outpatient Program and also maintains a private practice with Jacob & Associates in Glendora. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2010 and is board-certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Aurora Charter Oak Says Goodbye to Judge Mike
California Launches Peer-Run Mental Health 'Warm' Line
The Mental Health Association of San Francisco has been running a Bay Area warm line since 2014, but outreach manager Peter Murphy says they lost their state funding in 2018 and have had to rely on volunteers to stay open. Now, they’re using $10.8 million from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first budget to expand the line statewide and operate it for the next three years. The California Peer-Run Warm Line launches in advance of World Mental Health Day on Thursday. “Especially for isolated areas, rural areas, it can be a great service to provide support for people who may not have very good access to mental health services,” Murphy said. The line will be staffed 24/7 by people who have lived experience with mental illness. The center expects to receive 25,000 calls per year.
Reach the California Peer-Run Warm Line at 1-855-845-7415.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.
Editor's Note: Aurora Charter Oak Hospital's Assessment Center is open 24 hours a day: 800-654-2673.
How Many Homeless in L.A. are Affected by Mental Illness or Substance Abuse?
The Rise of Meth Use in the United States
The number of fatal overdoses involving meth has more than tripled (PDF | 336 KB) between 2011 and 2016, according to the CDC. Use is also on the rise between 2016-2018 for most age groups. In 2018, more than 106,000 adults aged 26 or older used meth—a 43 percent increase over the previous year.
Short-term Effects of Meth
Even taking small amounts of meth, or just trying it once, can cause harmful health effects, including:
- Increased blood pressure and body temperature
- Faster breathing
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Loss of appetite, disturbed sleep patterns, or nausea
- Bizarre, erratic, aggressive, irritable, or violent behavior
Long-term Health Risks of Meth
Chronic meth use leads to many damaging, long-term health effects, even when users stop taking meth, including:
- Permanent damage to the heart and brain
- High blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes, and death
- Liver, kidney, and lung damage
- Anxiety, confusion, or insomnia
- Paranoia, hallucinations, mood disturbances, delusions, or violent behavior (psychotic symptoms can sometimes last for months or years after quitting meth)
- Intense itching, causing skin sores from scratching
- Severe dental problems (“meth mouth”)
With the right treatment plan, recovery is possible. If you, or someone you know, needs help with a substance use disorder, including meth use, call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889, or use SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to get help.
Editor's Note: Aurora Charter Oak Hospital treats substance use disorder. Our Assessment Center is open 24 hours a day: 800-654-2673.
New SAMSHA Video on Suicide Prevention - Sept. 13, 2019
It can make you feel alone or guilty when you’re not. But it can be stopped. See the lies suicide may be telling you and your loved ones, and what you can do to prevent suicide.
To learn more about preventing suicide, visit samhsa.gov/suicide or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK for 24/7 free and confidential support.
LA County Mental Health Evaluation Teams Expand - Sept. 9, 2019
A team of LA County sheriff deputies and social workers from the Department of Mental Health is credited with dropping the number of uses of force involving law enforcement and those with mental health illnesses in Los Angeles County. Watch this KNBC News video report from Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Aurora Charter Oak supports the expansion of these teams which, depending on the individual’s condition, can transport directly to a mental health urgent care center or another treatment facility.