News Pickup for 27 August 2007

Daily Mental Health News Pick Up

From the world

This is great news! I think if consumers learn more about their mental illness, certainly they would be able to manage their illness better.
We need to have more education programme not only for support workers, but also for consumers and their families.


Researchers make bipolar breakthrough

http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/Researchers-make-bipolar-breakthrough/2007/08/26/1188066920204.html#
(The Age - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia)
August 26, 2007 - 11:29AM

Victorian researchers have made a world-first breakthrough in preventing relapses of manic episodes in people with bipolar disorder.
Their work has also cut the number of depressive relapses in patients by half.



I think we must learn the facts about mental illness, instead of relying on getting information only from those dramatic events brought by only small number of people with mental illness.
The article below is talking about Selective mutism, which Cho was diagnosed with, while attending public schools, but in my opinion, I think an immigrant becomes quiet or refuse to speak in the non-native-language-environment is common... I think the problem is there wasn't good enough support for him before his mental condition reaches a crisis level.

Coverage of Cho may renew stigma of mental illness, experts say
(Roanoke Times - Roanoke,VA,USA)
Sunday, August 26, 2007 By Duncan Adams

Seung-Hui Cho's mix of mental disorders and violence was grossly atypical of most mental health patients, several professionals said.

News Pickup for 18 July 2007

Daily Mental Health News Pick Up

From New Zealand

I read somewhere that telling a person, who has a drinking problem, to stop drinking is the same as telling a person, who has a cold, to stop coughing.
I thought it was a good way of describing it.
I think we can x-ray a "broken bone", but we can't x-ray "broken mind" is another good example of describing a mental health problem.

Mental health nurses gather for conference
By NATALIE AKOORIE - Waikato Times | Wednesday, 18 July 2007

The challenging but often rewarding job of a mental health nurse is being celebrated at an inaugural national conference in Hamilton this week.
..."If you break a bone in your body an x-ray will show the extent of the injury and the recovery from that physical injury follows a usual pathway. However in mental health we are not able to x-ray a `broken mind' and maybe it is this unknown and uncertainty which contributes to the stigma and discrimination that many people with mental illness still experience today."...


From the world

http://www.latimes.com/features/health/medicine/la-me-foster18jul18,1,5742175.story?coll=la-health-medicine
County OKs kids' mental health plan
The initiative will include assessment of children in foster homes and others who are monitored by the child welfare system.
Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
By Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer July 18, 2007
In response to a federal court order, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an initiative of up to $90 million on Tuesday aimed at improving mental health services for thousands of children monitored by the county's child welfare system.


http://highline.townnews.com/articles/2007/07/18/news/news4.txt
The Virginia Tech Massacre and mental health services in universities
Liberty County Times - Chester,MT,USA
Tuesday, July 17, 2007 7:51 PM CDT
Mental illness in the form of psychotic thinking almost always develops over a period of time, usually weeks or months, and it often develops in late teens or early twenties. Suicides are especially common directly after hospitalization for a psychiatric condition, and need to be closely observed. Cho had threatened to commit suicide, but no one followed up on the threat...

Mental Health News Pickup for 17 July 2007

Daily Mental Health News Pick Up

From New Zealand

It's already the tenth year for the Ministry of Health's Like Minds, Like Mine campaign.
I still remember when I see the first TV ad, showing all the world famous people, who experienced mental illness.
I think it opened so many people's eyes, including mine, by learning how common the mental illnesses are.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0707/S00059.htm
Treating People With Experience Of Mental Illness?
Scoop.co.nz - New Zealand
Tuesday, 17 July 2007, 3:47 pm
Press Release: Mental Health Foundation
How Do You Treat People With Experience Of Mental Illness?
A new phase of the well known Like Minds, Like Mine campaign has begun with a brand new set of TV ads that demonstrate how you behave towards people with experience of mental illness can make a difference...



From the world

I think we really need to more focus on kids' mental health.

http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/2007/07/17/4345649-sun.html
Kids' mental health ignored
Edmonton Sun - Alberta, Canada
By MIHAD FAHMY Tue, July 17, 2007
...It is estimated one Canadian kid in five suffers from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety...
Suicide, the leading cause of non-accidental deaths among 10- to 19-year-olds in Canada, has increased nearly fivefold for males and threefold for females over the past 30 years...
According to the World Health Organization, conduct disorder -- which is associated with underachievement, substance abuse, anxiety, depression and suicide -- has increased fivefold over the past 70 years in Western countries. WHO also predicts that by 2020, childhood psychiatric disorders will rise by more than 50% to become one of the five most common causes of mortality and disability among children.

Mental Health News Pickup for 28 June 2007

Daily Mental Health News Pick Up

From the world

http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/indepth/features/display.var.1501849.0.therapy_of_writing_helps_mental_health.php
Therapy of writing helps mental health
This is Local London - UK
By Caron Kemp
A quarter of British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year, according to the Office for National Statistics. CARON KEMP speaks to Deborah Espect, who is trying to eliminate the taboos that come with it...
Deborah's debut novel, entitled Myself The Enemy (in UK) (in US), was published last year and there is no doubt that her own experiences have spilled into the book...


http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/06/27/heroes_in_mental_health/
Heroes in mental health
Boston Globe - United States
By Jerrold F. Rosenbaum and Michael S. Jellinek | June 27, 2007
THE STORIES are heart-wrenching and painful. They come from tearful and desperate parents who describe children so intensely unstable in mood, so irritable, angry and violent, and so out of control that they are tormenting -- indeed, ripping apart -- themselves and their loved ones. Home is a living hell for these families...
...These physicians are heroes to families of children with serious mental illness...Success stories -- and there are many -- are heartwarming and inspiring...

Mental Health News Pickup for 27 June 2007

Daily Mental Health News Pick Up

From New Zealand

"Gaming Addictions" is a well-known problem in some Asian countries and I think it's now coming to the Western countries...

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4109044a10.html
Video game addiction 'disorder' - doctors
Stuff.co.nz - Wellington,New Zealand
By LUKE THOMAS - The Press | Wednesday, 27 June 2007
New Zealand psychologists say video game addiction should be officially recognised as a psychiatric disorder...
..."Unfortunately, commercial interests trample over public health interests."...


From the world

http://www.ameinfo.com/124758.html
DSS supports 1st Mental Health International Conference
AME Info (press release) - United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, June 26 - 2007 at 14:28 PRESS RELEASE
The 1st Mental Health International Conference 'Direct and Indirect Self-Destructive Behaviours and Mental Health Disorders -Trans-Cultural Differences' starts today at Al Bustan Rotana Hotel Dubai...


I think "Like Minds, Like Mine" project in New Zealand, especially those TV ads, also worked well to reduce the stigma of mental illness and the discrimination that people with experience of mental illness.

http://www.careandhealth.com/Pages/Story.aspx?StoryID=78aec353-2b1b-4325-9c12-9e2d9d16619a
Stigma of mental ill health declining
CareandHealth (press release) - London,UK
Newsletter - June 29
New research released ‘see me’ reveals that Scotland has taken significant steps towards tackling the stigma of mental ill health...


http://www.genengnews.com/news/bnitem.aspx?name=19563838
St. David's Community Health Foundation Grants More Than $1.3 Million for Central Texans' Mental Health
Genetic Engineering News (press release) - New Rochelle,NY,USA
Jun 26 2007, 4:08 PM EST
St. David's Community Health Foundation announced today that they are awarding more than $1.3 million in grants to 17 Central Texas non-profits that provide mental health services for Central Texans...


http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/content/news/story.aspx?brand=ENOnline&category=News&tBrand=ENOnline&tCategory=news&itemid=NOED26%20Jun%202007%2009%3A11%3A01%3A650
Mental health problems hit young
Norwich Evening News - Norwich,England,UK
SARAH HALL 26 June 2007 09:05
More young people than ever before are seeking treatment for mental health disorders in the county.
Health bosses today said they are trying to tackle the problem which has seen mental health problems in teenagers rise by 3pc in the past year...

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