States Increase Mental Health Budgets

The National Alliance on Mental Illness recently reported an increase in mental health budgets in most States across the country.  In addition to increased spending, some States have passed mental health related legislation including restrictions on gun ownership and early identification.  Please see the full report for a State by State analysis of the changes.

Massachusetts AED Legislation

I read an interesting post today from the American Heart Association – Massachusetts chapter regarding legislation in Massachusetts that would require automated external defibrillators (AED) in schools.  Automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, are a medical product that can be used during sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest generally occurs when a person’s heart stops beating. Without intervention, a person’s chances of survival can drop 7 to 10 percent for every minute during the time their heart is not beating normally. If the patient is not treated within minutes, the patient can die. Having an AED close at hand can make it possible for anyone trained in their use, including non-medical personnel, to treat a heart attack victim and increase their chances of survival.

Current Massachusetts law passed in 2006 requires AED’s in health clubs.  It only makes sense that this requirement extend to all schools and sporting events.  I urge everyone, especially those with school aged children, athletes and children with cardiac issues to contact their elected officials to ask for help in passing this important legislation.  I’ve included a link to use in contacting your representatives.