Mental health needs still unmet

Despite adding billions of dollars for mental health care to Department of Veterans Affairs budgets the last four years, and the hiring of 7,000 more mental health professionals at VA clinics and hospitals, many veterans with severe combat-related stress still face long waits to get the care they need. And some VA facilities might be […]

Police looking for jail inmate

CNJ staff A Curry County jail inmate is on the loose after a mental health facility in Roswell released him, according to a press release received by fax Thursday from County Manager Lance Pyle. Quran Wiggins was taken Oct. 7 from the jail to Sunrise Mental Health Center for treatment, the release said. He was […]

VA secretary spurs revised PTSD regulation

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Many veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder must be asking themselves today why it took the Department of Veterans Affairs so long to ease the hassle of qualifying for compensation for mental wounds of war. VA officials aren’t sure themselves. But unsurprisingly they agree with veterans’ advocacy groups that the man […]

Blanket project keeps group positive

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rosa Alomar, from left to right, Lucia Daniel, Donna Wilde and Jerri Miller, members of the Positive Expectations program, began making blankets about two months ago for women with children in Afghanistan. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A group of Clovis mothers are putting their hands to work to […]

Mental health should be priority

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist This is supposed to be the year of the military family. I know. It’s only the middle of May, there are many months ahead of us and great things can, and hopefully will be done, but I’m an inpatient person. I actually worked on a story on what the year […]

Bingaman bill addresses mental illness among children

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today introduced legislation aimed at ramping up the number of mental health professionals who specialize in treating children and adolescents.

Bull rider puts faith in prayer

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mike Strong of Livingston, Mont., received an option for a rerun after his ride Saturday night at the Professional Bull Riders Discovery Event at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bonner Bolton didn’t need to rub a rabbit’s foot or keep a horeshoe, or even […]

Portales falls in season opener

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico The Robertson Cardinals erased a two-touchdown Portales lead and beat the Rams 20-15 Friday night at Greyhound Stadium. Robertson quarterback Adrian Martinez threw two first-half touchdown passes to receiver Chris Ellis, followed by a third-quarter connection from Jake Martinez to Jesse Estrada to complete the comeback. “We just didn’t […]

Panic not uncommon

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I get panic attacks. They’re not frequent, and I’ll go years without one. But inevitably and without warning, they show up like an uninvited guest. I say without warning, but they’re not entirely random. While my husband is trying to assure me I’m not having a heart attack, he’ll gently ask […]

Wounds from tragedy not just physical

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer These wounds cannot be seen or felt or touched. But they are just as painful as those that can. Mental health officials said victims of Friday’s tornado can endure the same emotional effects as soldiers in wars. And the mental toll of surviving a disaster can be triggered weeks […]