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The chances of a patient with a serious mental illness ending up in hospital because of their condition are reduced by almost 40 percent if they have a care plan, according to the research. The study, which tracked 20,000 patients with a severe mental illness through the healthcare system, also found that seeing the same GP reduced the risk of an unplanned hospital admission by around 25 percent.
Poor access to child and adolescent psychiatrists has long been a concern raised by pediatricians, families, and other stakeholders. Wait times for new appointments can be many months, and families may be required to travel long distances. In the article "The Growth and Distribution of Child Psychiatrists in the United States: 2007–2016" in this issue of Pediatrics, McBain et al1 evaluate whether we have made any progress in expanding the child psychiatry workforce, both in number and distribution.
If you live in Glasgow, you are more likely to die young. Men there die a full seven years earlier than their counterparts in other UK cities. Until recently, the causes of this excess mortality remained a mystery. "Deep-fried Mars bars," some have speculated. "The weather," others suggested. For years, those reasons were as good as any. In 2012, The Economist described it thus: "It is as if a malign vapour rises from the Clyde at night and settles in the lungs of sleeping Glaswegians."
The use of pet therapy in mental health isn't new. Numerous studies show that animal-assisted therapy reduces pain and anxiety among patients with cancer, heart disease and PTSD. Observing an aquarium or stroking a bird, cat or dog lowers blood pressure and relaxes you. According to one study of four million people worldwide, dog ownership was as effective as medication, lowering the risk of dying early by 24%.
A new program will provide Houston-area students with more mental health screenings and resources. The program, announced recently by Mayor Sylvester Turner, will include a partnership with the Baylor College of Medicine and run for four years through a $4 million grant. It will provide more screening, assessments and resources for school districts in Houston, Pasadena, Sheldon and Spring.
The Huntsman family has pledged a "historic" $150 million gift to the University of Utah to establish the Huntsman Mental Health Institute. University officials say it is the largest single gift ever given to the state's flagship university. Full details of the gift will be revealed at a press conference at the John R. Park Building later this morning.
The New York State Bar Association wants the state court system to remove all questions about mental health history from the bar application. The association's House of Delegates voted Nov. 2 in Albany to adopt a report from a working group of attorneys recommending the step.
A commission investigating the Parkland school shooting is calling for improved mental health services, including more funding, to help schoolchildren deal with the stresses in their lives — a strategy the commission hopes will help prevent more violence from erupting at other Florida campuses. The commission released its second report to lawmakers Friday, 10 months after an initial report urged immediate improvements to school safety following killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year.
From his small home office, former Lt. Col. Ted Blickwedel is conducting a self-appointed mission: to call attention to what he claims is a serious problem inside a little-known Department of Veterans Affairs program that provides free mental health care to combat veterans. From 2009 until retiring last year, Blickwedel, a former Marine Corps logistics officer, worked as a counselor and therapist at a VA facility in Rhode Island called a "Vet Center."
PRA and the Certification Commission for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery are making BIG changes to the delivery of its certification exams in November! Beginning around Nov. 15, certification exams will no longer be delivered at testing centers – instead, they will be delivered via live virtual proctoring, allowing candidates to take the CPRP and CFRP exams 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from the comfort of their own homes (or anywhere with an internet connection). With this change, score reports will also be delivered upon completion of the exam, eliminating the wait for candidates to find out if they passed. Later this year, the platform for applying to sit for a PRA certification exam, apply for recertification, and reinstate a lapsed PRA credential will change to a new and more user-friendly system, allowing candidates and certified individuals to submit payment, apply, arrange to test, and receive results and certificates – all in the same electronic system! Information on exact launch dates and instructions will be made available on the PRA Website.
PRA is excited to promote a learning collaborative offered by the SAMHSA-funded New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC). Dr. Janis Tondora of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health and Dr. Dan Wartenberg of Newport Mental Health will be leading a Learning Collaborative on Person-Centered Recovery Planning (PCRP). Person-centered planning is a foundation of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery oriented services.
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A meta-analysis recently published in The Lancet Psychiatry found that using medicinal cannabinoids to treat mental health disorders cannot be justified, due to a lack of evidence of effectiveness and known risks of the substances. The analysis reviewed 83 studies involving 3000 people from 1980 through 2018. The studies investigated the impact of cannabinoids on remission from and symptoms of 6 mental health disorders: depression, anxiety disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Tourette syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychosis. Of the 83 studies, 40 were randomized controlled trials.