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A dedicated intervention to help people with severe mental illness stop smoking can double quit rates at six months compared to standard care, research by the University of York has revealed. Led by the University of York's Mental Health and Addiction Research Group, SCIMITAR+ is the largest ever trial to support smoking cessation among people who use mental health services.
On a warm spring day, four teenagers settled themselves around a table on an outdoor patio. The evening sun was growing dimmer, making the lights hanging from the umbrella above them twinkle. More lights — a blend of reds, greens, whites and blues — were draped along trees and the fence lining the backyard. Birdhouses were nestled in trees. It was as if a fairy house had been plopped down in the middle of a Highlands Ranch subdivision.
From Michael Phelps's candid disclosures about his struggles with depression following the Olympic Games London 2012, to Lindsey Vonn's openness in describing her decade-long battle with the illness, an increasing number of athletes are speaking out about their often hidden struggles with mental health problems. Scientific research currently suggests that mental health disorders affect up to 35 per cent of elite athletes at some stage of their careers. This can range from burnout and substance abuse to eating disorders, depression and anxiety.
Since the inception of assembly lines, a single work model has not had as much impact on global socioeconomics as the rise of telecommuting. From workforce equality, to environmental sustainability, to economic development, remote work has unprecedented opportunities to solve global crises ... but it is also fueling a new one.
Tamara Durbin is responsible for making sure more than 4,300 students across some 5,000 square miles of Colorado's Eastern Plains get mental health care when they need it. She does so with a patchwork of staffers that comes nowhere close to what the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for student safety.
Sonoma County Sheriff's deputies responding to the Northern California wildfires shot this quick footage showing how dangerous conditions are for emergency crews working in the area. This particular stretch of road was in the Franz Valley Road are Sonoma County Sheriff's deputies responding to the Northern California wildfires shot this quick footage showing how dangerous conditions are for emergency crews working in the area.
A bill that would require the state Department of Human Services to warn community mental health centers about upcoming changes to their funding or contracts appeared doomed Tuesday after it stalled in a House committee. Facing questions about some of Senate Bill 519's language, Sen. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, withdrew the legislation from consideration by the House Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor during the committee's final meeting of the legislative session. Rep. John Payton, R-Wilburn, asked why the bill would delete language from current law that said funding provided to the centers must be distributed according to state procurement and budgeting laws.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently approved $17.4 million in funding for mental health resources at Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles County Office of Education campuses. Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who recommended funding more mental health teams in schools, cited a study that found rates of major depression in 12- to 17-year-olds increased 52 percent from 2005-17, along with an uptick in suicides by young adults ages 18-23.
Asian American, Pacific Islander and multiracial college students are more likely than white students to have considered or attempted suicide despite reporting lower rates of psychiatric diagnosis, a new analysis has found. The research, published last month in the journal Psychiatric Services, analyzed survey responses from more than 60,000 college students at 108 schools. It found that while minority students generally reported lower rates of psychiatric diagnoses and symptoms of mental illness, there were notable exceptions.
Three veterans killed themselves last week on Department of Veterans Affairs health care properties, barely a month after President Trump announced an aggressive task force to address the unremitting problem of veteran suicide. Trump's executive order was a tacit acknowledgment of what the deaths rendered obvious: The department has not made a dent in stemming the approximately 20 suicide deaths every day among veterans, about one and a half times more often than those who have not served in the military, according to the most recent statistics available from the department.
The Commission has been hard at work improving the paths to PRA Certification! Fast-track pathways now allow those with an existing PRA credential to more easily seek dual-certification, and CPRP and CFRP pathways have been aligned to simplify the process for candidates. In addition, Eligibility Requirements have been adjusted to allow candidates to take their certification exam before meeting the work experience requirements for their selected pathway (those that pass will become official certified upon completion of work experience requirement).
PRA Certification examinations are now available 365 days per year! Candidates applying to sit for an exam will no longer need to choose a narrow testing window, allowing more flexibility for your busy schedules. If you sit for an exam, your results will be processed at the end of each quarter, with score reports arriving approximately one month following the end of each quarter (i.e. Jan-Mar exams will be scored and results sent around April 30).
Here's the good news. More young people are seeking care for mental health-related disorders than ever before. The bad news? These teens and adolescents are using emergency departments to access the help they need. But, according to an analysis published in the March 18 issue of JAMA Pediatrics, only 16 percent of young patients who sought care in an ED ever saw a mental health professional. The analysis identified a 28 percent increase in overall psych ED visits among patients ages 6 to 24 in the years between 2011 and 2015.