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Compared with cisgender (nontransgender), heterosexual youth, sexual and gender minority youth (SGMY) experience great inequities in substance use, mental health problems, and violence victimization, thereby making them a priority population for interventions.
College students with marginalized gender identities are far more likely to experience mental-health issues than their cisgender counterparts, a new study finds. Researchers studied a large sample of gender-minority students — in other words, people whose gender identity is nonbinary or different from what they were assigned at birth, including those who are transgender, gender nonconforming, genderqueer or a different self-identified gender.
With suicides on the rise, the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. Once implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are routed to one of 163 crisis centers, where counselors answered 2.2 million calls last year.
South Mississippi needs funding to help uninsured and underinsured mentally ill patients stuck in jails and hospital emergency rooms while they wait for treatment, say people who deal with the problem daily. "We are in a crisis and immediate assistance is required," says a draft letter being prepared for state legislators by Harrison County hospitals, law enforcement, court, political and mental health communities in Harrison County. "We request your support to stabilize this crisis as we move forward with a solution."
The Dunwoody Police Department has completed a program intended to improve officers' interactions with people who have mental illnesses. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, some departments report that as many as 20% of calls for service involve a mental health event or someone with mental illness. As a result, the association launched the One Mind Campaign, which requires agencies to implement numerous changes over a one- to three-year period.
At 9 on a chilly February morning in Austin, Texas, Elizabeth Minne met in her office with a former counseling client and her mother. The three were all smiles, catching up for the first time in ages. As their laughter faded, they recalled their weighty introduction five years before, when Minne's mission to create a comprehensive mental health-care system for Austin's schools was still in its infancy - and her client, Sarah Luna Newcomer, was a teenager who wanted to die.
Michigan prison staffers, particularly those who work with inmates, are in a state of crisis regarding their mental health, according to two studies in the last four years. The latest study, which was made public in July, found elevated levels of anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol abuse, depression and suicidal thoughts among staff who work in a custody role over inmates.
I was first diagnosed with bipolar illness more than 40 years ago, after a six-week stay in the psychiatric unit of a Long Island, New York, community hospital. I entered into a personal process of recovery and, five years later, began my life's work as a ward aide at a New York State Psychiatric Center in Albany and ultimately as an advocate for people like me.
President Donald Trump says the U.S. should begin building more mental health institutions to combat the nation’s ongoing gun violence. Speaking to reporters before a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Thursday evening, Trump said many other Republican leaders and the public don't want "insane people, dangerous people, bad people" owning guns.
There's little doubt that social media is not great for mental health — studies have reported for several years now that more time spent on social media is linked to mental health issues, from low self-esteem and loneliness to depression and even suicidality. A new study from University College London and Imperial College London makes a new argument as to why the connection may exist: it may not be what social media is about per se, but what it takes a person away from.
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 four-part series on Ethics and Boundaries and find out! Live webinars will take place every Wednesday in September from 3-4 p.m. ET / Noon-1 p.m. PT. On-demand versions will be available to any registrants that miss any live event(s) approximately two weeks after the live events. Register Today / Find Out MoreView other Academy online courses
On Sept. 17-18, join PRA and the National Council for Behavioral Health for Hill Day 2019 in Washington, D.C. Registration for the Capitol Hill visits is free and includes breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Hill Day provides hundreds of behavioral health providers, consumers, family members, board members, administrators and community stakeholders access to sessions and workshops on federal behavioral health policy, followed by visits with their elected officials on Capitol Hill to advocate for better resources for mental health and addiction treatment across the country.
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. After you sit for an exam, your results will be processed and score reports will be sent around the 15th of the month following your attempt. Digital wall certificates and ID cards will be emailed less frequently; new CPRPs and CFRPs should expect to receive these via email within two months of their score report.
Survivors of sexual assault who encounter negative responses from family members when they disclose their abuse are at higher risk of poor mental health later in life, a new study by UNSW medical researchers has shown. It is hoped that the study — and subsequent research — can help better inform mental health interventions and strategies to avert the longer-term emotional difficulties and risks that abuse survivors encounter later in life.