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It's a medical fact: Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is good for you. A wealth of research indicates that escaping to a neighborhood park, hiking through the woods, or spending a weekend by the lake can lower a person’s stress levels, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk asthma, allergies, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, while boosting mental health and increasing life expectancy.
When National Association of Black Counselors (NABC) co-founders Tamara Ferebee and Dr. Faye Barner launched the organization this past November, it was out of a need for a supportive, professional community geared specifically to the Black counselor identity. With more than 100 members and growing, NABC's vision is to ensure that all counselors "possess the knowledge, attitude and skills to ensure that the mental health needs of the African American community and the African diaspora are competently attended to and addressed for the individual and the collective."
Lady Gaga is expanding her teen mental health program, teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA), she announced on Wednesday according to Rolling Stone. The musician began the program through her Born This Way Foundation and the National Council for Behavioral Health in order to bring peer counseling services to schools across America. The program will extend to 20 new schools, a small step to achieving the overall goal of infiltrating every American school with mental health education.
The film and television industry has launched its largest-ever survey into the mental health and wellbeing of its workforce. It marks the first phase of The Looking Glass study, led by the Film and Television Charity, following 2,000 calls to its industry support line. Alex Pumfrey, the organization's CEO, urged workers to anonymously contribute in order to "create real change".
Anthem, Inc.’s announcement that it will acquire Beacon Health Options (Beacon), the largest independently held behavioral health organization in the country, is a golden opportunity for the insurer to diversify into health services and deliver personalized care. "This is a sign to healthcare execs that the best care is a collection of physical and mental health," says David Reid, CEO of Ease, a HR and benefits software solution for SMBs, insurance brokers, and insurance carriers, in San Francisco.
Last winter, several dozen people who were struggling with suicidal urges and bouts of intense emotion opened their lives to a company called Mindstrong, in what has become a closely watched experiment in Silicon Valley. Mindstrong, a venture co-founded by a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, promised something that no drug or talk therapy can provide: An early-warning system that would flag the user when an emotional crisis seemed imminent — a personal, digital "fire alarm."
For a second time, a much-anticipated pilot program to test whether integrating behavioral and physical health under Michigan Medicaid will save money, expand services and improve outcomes has been delayed another year. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services today announced it plans to delay until Oct. 1, 2020, implementation of what it called the Section 298 Initiative to design a pilot model for integrating mental and physical health Medicaid funding and care management.
Despite having the highest poverty rate in the United States, Mississippi has the nation's lowest rate of homelessness. But instead of heralding Mississippi's success and imploring other states to follow its lead, the Department of Justice is taking formal legal action against the state's highly effective method of delivering mental-health services.
People in Florida's panhandle are still grappling with the devastation from last October’s Hurricane Michael. The most powerful storm to hit the region in history left many residents homeless and in search of aid. Now, children in particular are facing another after effect of the devastation — mental health issues. Miami Herald reporter Elizabeth Koh joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
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).
It is difficult to describe the mental suffering you see when you go to a war zone and you meet people affected by conflict or war. Sometimes you think it can’t get any worse. And then you go to another conflict situation and it is worse, another kind of hell. This week, new WHO estimates published in The Lancet show there are more people living with mental disorders in areas affected by conflict than we previously thought – many more. One person in five is living with some form of mental disorder, from mild depression or anxiety to psychosis. Worse, almost 1 in 10 is living with a moderate or severe mental disorder.