Carter Center:Liberian mental health work advances

Updated: Saturday, August 24 2013 12:18 AM EDT2013-08-24 04:18:40 GMT Updated: Saturday, August 24 2013 12:16 AM EDT2013-08-24 04:16:42 GMT Two staffers at McNair Discovery Learning Academy in DeKalb County talked to FOX 5 about Tuesday’s tense situation involving a gunman on the school’s campus. Two staffers at McNair Discovery Learning Academy in DeKalb County talked to FOX 5 about Tuesday’s tense situation involving a gunman on the school’s campus. Updated: Saturday, August 24 2013 12:14 AM EDT2013-08-24 04:14:32 GMT A DeKalb County veteran says he’s still waiting for an apology after housing management removed his American flag display. A DeKalb County veteran says he’s still waiting for an apology after housing management removed his American flag display.
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New mental health care bill to decriminalise suicide

24, 2013 | Posted: 1:40 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 SC Mental Health to use land sale cash for repairs Sponsored Links The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. The South Carolina Department of Mental Health will spend the $15 million it gets for selling land in downtown Columbia for building and equipment maintenance instead of directly on patient care. But the agency said the money will indirectly help patients because the department has to do the repairs and that money would have been taken out of the budget for patient care had the land not been sold.
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SC Mental Health to use land sale cash for repairs

For the first time in the history of criminal law reform in the country, Mental Health Care Bill, 2013 seeks to decriminalise acts of suicide by linking them to the state of mental health of the person attempting the act. The forward-looking Bill explicitly states that acts of suicide will not be criminalised and those attempting suicide would be treated to be mentally ill unless proved otherwise and therefore exempted from the current provisions of Section 309 of Indian Penal Code. Section 124 of the Bill states, “Notwithstanding anything contained in Section 309 of the IPC, any person who attempts suicide shall be presumed, unless proved otherwise, to be suffering from mental illness at the time of the bid and shall not be liable to punishment under the said Section.” The Bill thus clarifies that the act of suicide and the mental health of the person committing the act are inseparably linked and have to be seen together and not in isolation. Moved by the Ministry of Health, the Bill lays down a proper provision for the treatment of persons attempting suicide. The Bill seeks to provide for mental health care for persons with mental illnesses and to protect, promote and fulfil the rights of such persons during delivery of mental health care and services. It is the first time that the Government has come up with rights based approach in the mental health law. The Law Commission will separately move this amendment to the Criminal Law which would eventually be effected by the Home Ministry.
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