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Intensive psychotherapy can help restore the mental of health of refugees scarred by the trauma of war and torture. That's one of the key findings from a recently released study by the Center for Victims of Torture that followed 214 Karen refugee patients diagnosed with major depression at two St. Paul-based health clinics.
Heather Kerstetter, 30, began having suicidal ideation during a "really tough" period in her life. The thoughts began to scare her, and one day she looked at her dog and thought, "I need to go get help." She went to the only psychiatric emergency room she knew of in Austin, Texas, where she was living at the time. "The very first thing they said to me was, 'Oh, well, it's a good thing you can't commit suicide anyway, right?'" Kerstetter recalled.
About 1 in 5 employees will experience a mental health condition each year, and because serious mental illness causes $193.2 billion in lost earnings each year, it's a topic too big to be ignored by companies. Employers who value and prioritize mental health can see the positive impact it has on employee retention, engagement, and health care costs.
Throughout his 10 years of service as a decorated Navy SEAL operator and explosives breacher, Ryan Larkin was regularly exposed to high-impact blast waves. Struggling with the psychological effects of serving in four combat tours and an undiagnosed brain injury, Larkin died by suicide on a Sunday morning in 2017, dressed in a SEAL Team shirt with the medals he earned in service next to him.
Ava had always felt comfortable at the small, private K-8 school she attended just north of Boston. But in high school everything changed. Ava first began to experience anxiety and depression after her parents divorced, when she was still in grade school. These problems increased as she entered her teen years, and became even more severe in ninth grade, when she enrolled at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, a vast campus with nearly 2,000 students.
Dr. Darla Hinshaw walks up to the podium in the Indiana Senate chamber. She's there to tell lawmakers about the children she treats as a psychiatrist and the issue standing between kids and effective treatment. She tells a story of a foster care teenager who was admitted into a facility on a Friday. "He continued to be aggressive," Hinshaw says. "He punched walls, easily irritated into aggression."
The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AA/PI) community is the fastest growing racial group in the United States, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that AA/PIs had the lowest rates of mental health utilization compared to every racial group. One study found that only 28% of Asian Americans sought mental health services compared to 54% of the general population.
Morgan Stanley said recently it will give $20 million to seven nonprofit groups working to prevent youth suicide and fight depression and other children's mental health problems. Calling the initiative the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children's Mental Health, the bank aims to recruit other donors to help fund the rapid expansion of the groups in the United States, Britain and Hong Kong.
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
Researchers studying the biological basis of mental illness have conducted the first genomic analysis of schizophrenia in an African population, and have identified multiple rare mutations that occur more frequently in people with the condition. The mutations are mainly in genes that are important for brain development and the brain's synapses, tiny structures that coordinate communication between neurons.