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...

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