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Recovery Update features the most recent articles from throughout the field of psychiatric rehabilitation. Stay up to date on all the latest mental health news through this weekly newsletter.

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A new study suggests there is a two-way relationship between bullying perpetration and mental health problems among U.S. youth. Researchers report that bullying perpetration increased the risk of developing internalizing problems, and having internalizing problems increased the probability of bullying others. While previous research has focused on the causes and consequences of bullying victimization, this is the first study to comprehensively explore the time sequence between bullying perpetration and mental health problems.
A new report from the World Health Organization says we aren't prepared enough for the mental and physical health risks caused by climate change. The study, titled the WHO Health and Climate Change Survey Report, took survey data from 101 countries and assessed the impact of climate-related events on residents' health. The results were disheartening.
A lonely and anxious Rebecca Massie first called the Mental Health Association of San Francisco “warmline” during the 2015 winter holidays. "It was a wonderful call," said Massie, now 38 and a mental health advocate. "I was laughing by the end, and I got in the holiday spirit." Massie, a San Francisco resident, later used the line multiple times when she needed additional support, then began to volunteer there.
Diseases of the brain continue to be taboo. Most stigmatized of all? Addiction and mental illness. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people with mental illness are perceived as difficult, unintelligent and incapable of making decisions. People with severe mental disorders die 10 to 20 years earlier than the general population.
Combat experience is often blamed as the root cause of suicidal behavior among veterans. But ongoing Army studies show that many troops with mental-health problems can trace them back to trauma experienced before they joined the military.
It's still unclear if the victims in the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard shooting were targeted or if it was a random act of workplace violence. The gunman, 22-year-old Gabriel Romero, was indeed mentally unstable. Despite showing signs, some say he may not have gotten the help that he needed. A former Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard civilian employee, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation because of pending litigation, says those who work on base and suffer from mental illness are often too afraid to come forward.
Four times now, he has introduced legislation to better enforce state and federal "parity" laws, which require equal treatment of mental and physical health problems. Four times, that legislation has failed. As he enters his final year in the Legislature, the San Jose, California, Democrat plans what he calls a "full-frontal assault."
Rhode Island's governor and her husband are joining with local broadcasters to launch a mental health awareness campaign. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and Andy Moffit plan to visit the Rhode Island PBS office in Providence on Monday. Members of the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association partnered with state officials to address mental health and substance use issues. Especially during the holidays, it's important to raise awareness of mental health issues, Raimondo said.
Calling military suicide rates unacceptable, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Sunday called on the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to make it easier for active-duty members and veterans to access mental health services. During a news conference at her Manhattan offices, Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) also called on the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to provide greater assistance to vets as they transition from military service to civilian life.
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.
How do you know if you're doing the right thing? What do you know about PSR? When do you have an ethical duty to breach confidentiality? What are the ethics involved in advocacy? How is teamwork affected by the ethical code? What if we can’t avoid dual relationships? My client found me on Facebook and sent me a friend request - what do I do? Join Deb Brasher, MS, CPRP for this course on Ethics and Boundaries and find out! Participants will receive four CPRP and/or CFRP contact hours upon completion of the course.Register Today / Find Out MoreView other Academy online courses
Stanford researchers have shown that levels of cholesterol and fat in a newborn's blood can reliably predict that child's psychological and social health five years later. If confirmed, the discovery could point to new ways for monitoring or treating mental illnesses, such as depression, early on in childhood. The results correlated lipids in newborn’s umbilical cord blood with teacher ratings of the children's mental health at about five years of age.