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Johns Hopkins Medicine is launching a new psychedelic research center where scientists will test the potential of "magic mushrooms" and other drugs to treat some of the toughest mental health and addiction challenges. The center is believed to be the first center in the United States and the largest in the world to focus on drugs still better known as symbols of 1960s counterculture than serious medicine. The Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore is being funded by a $17 million donation from a group of private donors.
Adolescents who spend more than three hours a day on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or other social media are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, or other internalizing problems, new research suggests. The study did not find an association between social media use and externalizing problems such as physical aggression and impulsivity — but there was an association with such problems comorbid with internalizing symptoms.
A new review of previous studies into the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse has suggested that earlier mental health support for victims would reduce the chances of victims developing psychiatric conditions and substance misuse later in life. Childhood sexual abuse is known to be associated with a wide range of health conditions, from chronic pain to mental health problems. There have been many studies examining these links but these typically looked at one outcome in adulthood, and there has not been a synthesis examining the full breadth of international research evidence and its quality.
The FCC plans to create a three-digit number as a national suicide prevention hotline, and it would increase access to mental health care. Advocates say more funding is needed.
Students with mental health problems are being forced to wait up to 12 weeks for help from their university, prompting fears that some may take their own lives during the delay. Undergraduates at the Royal College of Music in London had to wait the longest to start counseling last year, with the worst case being 84 days, figures collected by British universities show.
Luke Tang was heading into the spring of freshman year at Harvard College in 2015 when he attempted to take his own life. The youngest son of Chinese immigrants survived the attempt and was quickly sent by Harvard to a psychiatric facility. To return to his studies, school officials required that the 19-year-old sign a contract promising to follow his doctors' treatment plan.
Beginning next school year, Oregon plans to pump an additional $1 billion dollars a year into public schools and early childhood programs — and a significant chunk of that money must be used to improve students’ mental and behavioral health. Lawmakers on the powerful House and Senate committee that formulated the ambitious business tax-for-education plan known as the Student Success Act first went on a statewide listening tour to gauge schools' and communities' greatest education needs. Members said the lack of mental health and behavioral supports came up at every stop.
In an effort to address the mental health of Minnesota farmers, the Legislature approved funding that will provide them with a second counselor to help deal with stress and other concerns. Monica McConkey, who has more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health as a counselor, will begin working with northern Minnesota farmers on Oct. 1. Teaching farmers different methods to cope with stress caused by financial losses or bad weather will be a chief component of her work, she said.
Imagine you are forced to go to a hospital to receive psychiatric treatment that you don't think you need. What rights would you have? That's the question at the heart of a court battle between the state of New Hampshire, the ACLU, and nearly two-dozen hospitals. A ruling in the case could have profound impacts on how New Hampshire treats people who are in a mental health crisis.
One woman and her husband huddled on top of a bedroom dresser for two days, surrounded by floodwaters. Another man sat in his wheelchair for nearly 48 hours in water up to his chest, alone in his home. A third rescued a friend who sat in shock when part of a building where they sought shelter blew away. Stories of survival are trickling out across northern Bahamas as the initial shock wears off from Hurricane Dorian, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes in history.
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.
A research group led by Professor Tomoyuki Furuyashiki and Associate Professor Shiho Kitaoka (Graduate School of Medicine) in collaboration with researcher Yasuhisa Ano of Kirin Holdings have made discoveries regarding the effect of the dipeptide leucine-histidine (LH) in suppressing microglial activation and depression-associated emotional disturbances.