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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.
 

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When it comes to making sure that your workplace is inclusive toward people with mental health conditions, encouraging of help-seeking in struggling employees, and free of stigma, one major issue needs to be addressed – language. The language that we use in discussing mental health conditions in the workplace influences how employees with these conditions feel they are perceived.
A new study reports an abnormality in visual regions of the brain that is associated with a person's general risk for mental illness. The findings indicate a signature abnormality shared between common forms of mental illness, which could help clinicians assess a patient's general risk for developing a mental illness.
The most vulnerable in our society are usually thought to be the young and the elderly. There are special protections for them: Law enforcement task forces go after child predators and scam artists who target the elderly. In February, the Department of Justice coordinated the largest sweep ever of fraudsters bilking the elderly out of their life savings. More than 250 crooks who targeted over one million Americans were identified and charged.
My career as a finance professional began while falling flat on my face. Fortunately, the professionals in America's mental and behavioral health treatment industry helped pick me up. Of course, in 2011, when I began my career as an assistant maintenance guy in the very treatment center that saved my life, I never knew it would become such a journey. The journey has led me through graduate study, three startups, three exits and stumbling onto what I firmly believe to be the epicenter of an impending U.S. health care crisis.
This isn't a typical sports story, but I think it's an important one. Over the past few months, a handful of high-profile athletes have come forward to talk about their personal issues with mental health. The Olympic legend Michael Phelps opened up on his struggles with depression, as did the NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors.
Following two suicides at the Grand Traverse County jail, county leaders are focusing their attention on mental health services there. That will likely mean the county will spend more money on the jail. In a meeting last night, mental health stakeholders suggested some improvements. Northern Lakes Community Mental Health provides the bulk of mental health services at the jail. They gave the main presentation recently to the Grand Traverse County board of commissioners Ad Hoc jail committee, saying that while their state funding has been slashed in recent years, they have suggestions to improve prisoners’ mental health.
Oklahoma's mental health officials are breathing a little easier. The new state budget for the first time in years, does not cut mental health funding. In fact, the department is getting an increase. Director Terri White says that is good news. The department is getting an additional $11-million. That figures to a 3 percent budget hike for the department. White says however that is not enough to off set the years of cuts. The new budget becomes effective on July 1.
Suicide rates among farmers are higher than any other profession in the United States and now some experts and Senators worry Washington politics could be making farmland stresses even worse. The House is set to vote by Friday on a controversial farm bill that includes major changes to work requirements for people on food stamps. The issue is dividing Republicans and Democrats and threatens to undermine support for the bill in Washington.
San Luis Obispo County, California's, civil grand jury says that local mental health services have not kept pace with a growing population, leading to serious lapses in access to treatment. Bottom line: the SLO County Behavioral Health Department needs more money to do its job, the jury says. Though Behavioral Health staff were commended for their dedication and the quality of treatment was not questioned, two grand jury reports released late last week focus on where demand for local services has resulted in staffing, bed availability or other shortages, as well as the need for a new psychiatric inpatient facility for people in mental health crises.
Counties are leaving billions of dollars in state mental health funds unspent. Now Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are looking for solutions to make sure that the money gets used. The Mental Health Services Act provides funding to counties so they can offer mental health prevention and treatment services to Medi-Cal patients. Brown wants to spend $6.7 million on new staff at the Department of Health Care Services to oversee how counties use the state money. It comes after a February audit indicated counties had amassed $2.5 billion in unspent funds.
Something truly remarkable has been going on recently in Buena Vista: A collaborative mural project expressing themes of recovery from mental illness. People who would otherwise not know each other are forging human connections while creating a joyful, beautiful and lasting public work of art. It's completely fitting that May is National Mental Health Month, and that's the mural's imagery represents the journey toward wellness rather than the experience of mental illness.
This is the last chance to book your hotel room at the 2018 Wellness & Recovery Summit special room block rate. The deadline for the discounted hotel rate is 11:59 p.m. EST, May 23rd. The room block is close to selling out, so be sure to make your reservations now! Don't miss out on the opportunity to stay at the Grand Hyatt Denver for this year's incredible Summit. Please visit the Hotel Registration Website today to confirm your reservation. The Academy for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery is excited to offer exclusive access to three special events for a limited number of full Summit Registrants! You may either add one of these events during registration process, or add an event to your existing registration. A CPRP Prep Course and two Pre-Conference Institutes are available exclusively to full Summit Registrants. Limited space is available. Additional fee required. The 2018 Wellness & Recovery Summit will attract approximately 500 individuals globally, who are part of the psychiatric rehabilitation community. PRA serves as the global focal point for people and organizations involved in psychiatric rehabilitation - from practitioner to CEO, academic to government, for profit and nonprofit. As a sponsor, you will have the opportunity to share your products and services with an audience of professionals focused on helping others and doing their jobs more effectively. See our many Sponsorship opportunities that are available!
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Having a demanding job over which one has little control may raise the risk of developing common mental disorders in midlife, new research suggests. If causality is assumed, it is possible that 14 percent of new cases of depression, anxiety, and other common mental disorders could be prevented by eliminating high levels of job strain, report Samuel Harvey, PhD, from the University of New South Wales School of Psychiatry, Sydney, Australia, and colleagues.