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The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association is happy to announce new streamlined eligibility requirements for certification!
A panel of medical experts on Tuesday recommended for the first time that doctors screen all adult patients under 65 for anxiety, guidance that highlights the extraordinary stress levels that have plagued the United States since the start of the pandemic. The advisory group, called the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, said the guidance was intended to help prevent mental health disorders from going undetected and untreated for years or even decades.
The New York State Office of Mental Health has announced a collaboration with the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services to create a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training Academy. Psychiatric rehabilitation helps adults living with major mental health conditions obtain the skills, supports and resources needed to successfully advance their health and recovery and to meet their essential personal social, employment, housing and related life goals, the agencies said during Tuesday's announcement.
A shortage of long-term care options for behavioral health patients that has for years fueled a clogged care system became an even bigger problem during the pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis that limited healthcare access further exposed San Diego County's deficit of psychiatric step-down care and housing that had already led to long waits in hospital beds and delays for others seeking hospital care.
More than half of Colorado counties lack a "co-responder" program in which a mental health professional joins law enforcement on police calls, including Clear Creek County where local officers shot and killed a 22-year-old man as he sat in his car. The death of Christian Glass in the small mountain town of Silver Plume, about 45 miles west of Denver, is once again raising questions about law enforcement response to 911 calls involving someone who is having a mental health crisis. Glass' parents and their attorney revealed details of the man’s June 11 death last week.
In Morrow County, a rural county of about 13,000 people in Eastern Oregon, District Attorney Justin Nelson handles civil commitment cases — determining whether people with severe mental illness should be forced to receive mental healthcare. As part of that role, Nelson talks with families who tell him their loved ones are acting dangerously or considering committing suicide because of their mental illness.
When it comes to student-to-school counselor ratios, Arizona is among the worst states. The most recent data from the American School Counselor Association show that, as of the 20-21 school year, there were more than 700 students for every counselor in Arizona. While that number is down from more than 900 students per counselor in the 15-16 school year, it is still nearly triple the ratio that the group recommends.
With decades of experience in the trades, DeShon Leek understands firsthand the dark side that comes with working in the construction industry. Leek, who serves as the Southeast region representative for the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, has seen many cases of workers who struggle with mental health issues, even during boom times like the industry is currently experiencing.
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) announced more than $3 million in grants to eight organizations for a new initiative to demonstrate policy effectiveness to promote Black youth mental health (BYMH). This three-year initiative will help identify health and wellness policies that are successful in improving BYMH, including suicide prevention.
In early August, Yard Act were at Stansted airport, waiting for a flight to Sicily, when singer James Smith hit a wall. "It felt as if I was in a cattle shed," he says. “I was banging my head against the table saying: 'I can't do this any more.'" Since the Leeds post-punk band released their debut album, The Overload, in January, their touring schedule had been relentless.
A new study from a New Mexico State University researcher found that individuals with a friend or loved one infected by COVID-19 are more likely to experience depression and anxiety. Jagdish Khubchandani, a public health sciences professor at NMSU, examined the psychological health burdens of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths within friend and family groups for a new study published in a special issue of Brain Sciences journal.
Over two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, many people continue to grapple with worsened mental health associated with the prolonged impact of the pandemic, including social distancing, income loss, and death and illness. In 2020, 33% of all nonelderly adults reported having a mental illness or substance use disorder.
Two new research papers published in NEJM Catalyst this week show that telehealth does not drive up healthcare utilization, is effective, and can be used to expand mental healthcare services to nursing home residents. University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) researchers published the papers.
A study led by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina five years after the onset of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, found a continuing "large unmet mental health need." Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D., principal investigator of the study, said past-year estimates of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in Flint were substantially higher than those in Michigan, the U.S. and more than 20 nations included in an international study of PTSD and depression.