Recovery Update

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.

You are here

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.

Subscribe to Recovery UpdateRead the Archives

Current Issue

Want to connect with colleagues on a local level? Check out our Chapters & Affiliates page for upcoming meetings and events! Don't see a chapter in your state and want to start one? Download our Chapter Chartering Manual to get started today!
Stigma is the main reason why elite athletes with mental health issues don't seek the help they need, finds a summary of the available evidence, published in a special issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine devoted to the topic. But a poor understanding of mental illness, busy schedules, and gender stereotyping also play their part, the findings suggest.
We've long known that the environments we live and work in impact our physical health — and that we can be harmed by things we may not even realize we're being exposed to, like lead or air pollution. It's also not a new idea that our physical surroundings may weigh on our mental health as well. Back in the 1930s, two sociologists noticed a striking pattern amongst the people being admitted to Chicago's asylums.
The number of mental health nurses in England has slumped by more than a tenth over the past decade, new figures have revealed. This is despite commitments from both Theresa May and her predecessor, David Cameron, to boost resources for mental health services, which many medical professionals say are now in crisis. The total mental health nursing workforce has decreased by 10.6% since 2009, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
Amid growing concern about the mental health of the nation’s young people, there is evidence that while behavioral health disorders – including both mental health and substance use disorders – have been increasing generally, children and young adults are bearing a heavy share of the burden. One study found that while the prevalence of major depression increased overall from 2005 to 2015, the rate of increase was faster in youth.
Research shows that farmers experience rates of especially high anxiety compared to other jobs. What’s more, farmers in rural areas like Montana often have limited access to mental health resources. In late April, Montana farmer Michelle Erickson-Jones posted a video to Twitter. In the video, on a windy day against a green field and overcast sky, Erickson-Jones talks about uncertainty around trade, dropping wheat prices, and her issues finding a therapist.
Democrats in the Legislature are moving forward with a bill to create a task force that would take a sweeping look at Maine's fragmented mental health system and develop a plan for meeting the pressing need for more community services. The measure sponsored by Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, was the subject of an unusual public hearing Wednesday that involved four legislative committees.
A bill now in Ohio's Legislature would prevent people convicted of aggravated murder from being sentenced to the death penalty, if they are found to have had a "serious mental illness" at the time of the offense. Republican Rep. Brett Hudson Hillyer, a primary sponsor of House Bill 136, testified last month before the House Criminal Justice Committee that the death penalty should be reserved for only the worst offenders, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
Lance Horozewski leads Rock County, Wisconsin's public agency that connects families and children to the support services they need. One difficult element of his work requires connecting particularly vulnerable kids to residential care centers where they can safely receive treatment for complex mental and emotional health needs. In an ideal world, Horozewski and the county's Division of Children, Youth and Families would find local facilities.
Person-Centered Recovery Planning (PCRP) is increasingly recognized as an essential practice in a recovery-oriented system of care. Yale University's Program and Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC) are offering a FREE Person-Centered Recovery Planning Implementation Series (webinars June 5 and June 19). This two-part webinar series, presented by Janis Tondora, Psy.D and Dan Wartenberg, Psy.D, MPH, will review key indicators of PCRP from both a process and a documentation perspective. Particular emphasis will be placed on strategies for maintaining a strengths-based recovery orientation in collaborative care planning while simultaneously meeting rigorous documentation standards associated with fiscal and regulatory requirements. implementation efforts.
Actress Glenn Close still remembers vividly the dramatic and troubling scene when her nephew, Calen, had a psychotic break as a 17-year-old living in Montana. "He had to be put in a straitjacket and driven two hours to the closest place where he could get help," Close said at a Washington Post Live event recently. The lack of accessible help for Calen — and that he had to go to the emergency room instead of getting treatment prior — is part of the reason she's asking Congress to expand and extend funding for mental health care through a pilot program scheduled to expire on July 1.
The U.S. is in the midst of a mental health crisis. In 2017, 47,000 Americans died by suicide and 70,000 from drug overdoses. And 17.3 million adults suffered at least one major depressive episode. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, a landmark law passed more than a decade ago, requires insurers to provide comparable coverage for mental health and medical treatments.
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).
Adobe Mental health care is accounting for a growing number of private insurance claims, according to a new report out Friday. But experts caution that more than anything else, the new data underscores just how tricky it is to tease out what's driving increases in mental health care use. The report found that claims related to depression, anxiety, and a handful of other mental health conditions are on the rise.