Mental Health News Pickup for 20 June 2007

Today's Mental Health News Pick Up

From New Zealand

We should be cautious about that physically unharmed doesn't mean mentally unharmed, shouldn't we?
Effects Of Taser Guns On People With Mental Health Issues
7:51 am, 20 Jun 2007 (NewsRoom)
The Mental Health Foundation says not enough is known about the long-term effects of taser guns on people with mental health problems...

From the World

I like these positive stories about/from mental health service users.
I, myself, too had a stereotyped image of mental health service users until I started working as a mental health support worker and actually met them in person. They are ordinary people with a mental illness, just like any of us could become ill. And for people, who have a wrong stereotyped image of them like I did before, they are good looking, very thoughtful to others and intelligent people, who need our support and understanding to manage their illness.
I can't wait till the day comes when we all understand what is Mental Illness and how we keep our good Mental Health and mental health service users and their families/friends are fully accepted in our communities.,,2106456,00.html
Mental health's voice of reason
David Brindle Wednesday June 20, 2007 (The Guardian)
Jonathan Naess doesn't look like your typical mental health service user. But that is precisely the point. With his sharp suits and designer specs, the corporate finance lawyer reckons he is more typical than people think - and he has come out of the closet to prove it...

I think we need to more focus on mental health for children and the next generation.
A million children now suffer from mental health problems
Last updated at 14:13pm on 20th June 2007 (The Daily Mail)
More than a million children have mental health problems, a doubling of the number in a generation, devastating research reveals today...
Virginia Tech shootings panel obtains records of gunman's mental health hearing
By Larry O'dell ASSOCIATED PRESS 2:43 p.m. June 19, 2007 (
RICHMOND, Va. – A state panel investigating the Virginia Tech shootings obtained a tape recording and transcripts of gunman Seung-Hui Cho's mental health hearing by court order Tuesday...