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Early engagement in mental health intervention is critical, yet the vast majority of children who are experiencing mental health concerns are not receiving needed services. Pediatric primary care clinics have been recognized as an ideal setting in which to identify and address mental health problems early, although engagement in mental health services within primary care and in community-based settings remains low. Navigators, or individuals with experience in navigating the mental health system, have been highlighted as promising partners in efforts to improve engagement in mental health services.
More young adults in the U.S. are experiencing mental health issues, and digital media usage might be partly to blame, said a new study. Between 2005 and 2017, the rate of adolescents reporting symptoms consistent with major depression in the last 12 months jumped 52 percent, according to the study published Thursday in the peer-reviewed Journal of Abnormal Psychology, run by the American Psychological Association.
Visits to the emergency department (ED) for psychiatric purposes are an indicator of chronic and acute unmet mental health needs. In the current study, we examined if psychiatric ED visits among individuals 6 to 24 years of age are increasing nationwide.
The psychologist La Keita Carter didn’t sugar-coat her message when she addressed a group of black women on Saturday at a conference designed to improve their mental health. It's imperative, she said, that people who are suffering and in shock seek counseling. "When trauma symptoms persist and you don't get help, you are disabling yourself," she told 130 participants who registered for the Trilogy of Trauma seminar organized by the Black Mental Health Alliance.
A bill to expand the state's mental health services for children being pushed by a local legislator is moving closer to becoming law. Senate study bill 1197 and its House of Representatives counterpart have moved through the committee process in both chambers and now await amendments and, eventually, a vote of approval. The changes concentrate on the state’s 14 mental health and disability services regions.
Expanding eligibility for Medicaid would allow Wisconsin to help more children facing mental health challenges, Gov. Tony Evers said recently. "If we want to focus on mental health, we need to have the resources to make it happen," he said. "We're going to be fighting for that, and we believe at the end of the day we'll be successful."
Funding for six comprehensive behavioral health clinics runs out at the end of the month. The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics are part of Oklahoma's participation in a two-year federal program to expand access to mental health and addiction treatment services in order to lessen the strain on emergency rooms and jails taking in more and more people with those problems.
Physicians applying for a license in Florida may not have to share past history of mental health or substance abuse issues if the state Board of Medicine drops probing questions. Committees for the medical board, which oversees physician licensure and discipline, are reviewing questions on the license application that inquire about past illnesses and whether the questions are appropriate.
Mental health issues have risen significantly over the last decade and the rise of digital media may be one reason why, according to a national survey released Thursday. The research, published by the American Psychological Association, found sharp increases in the number of young adults and adolescents who reported experiencing negative psychological symptoms — specifically in those born in 1995 or later, known as iGen. Coincidentally, the greatest spike in symptoms occurred in 2011, around the same time social media bursts onto the scene.
The Academy of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery is excited to invite you to part 2 of our Compassion Fatigue webinar series, to be held April 8 at 1 p.m. ET, provided in collaboration with CASRA! Learn how to be resilient in the face of overwhelming and emotionally intense demands. 1.5 hours/credits are available across SIX different types of CE – don't miss this one!
Those with a 2019 expiration date for their CPRP or CFRP have until March 31 to take advantage of reduced Early Bird rates! In addition, individuals whose CPRP has lapsed may now apply for reinstatement of their credential without having to reapply to take the exam!
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).
Mental health amongst university students could be improved by introducing mindfulness training. These are the findings from the first U.K. study, published in Education Research International, to measure the efficacy of mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) on students. Recent evidence suggests that university students are more likely to develop mental health problems when compared with the general population. The University of Bristol-led study aimed to establish whether mindfulness could be effective at improving mental health and wellbeing in medical students who are considered more at risk of developing a stress-related illness.