Mental Health News Pickup for 23 June 2007

Daily Mental Health News Pick Up

From New Zealand

It's not really news from New Zealand, but I thought it's good to know any news about work/contribution done by mental health professionals in New Zealand.
Two-day workshop on suicides
Express News Service Pune, June 22 (Pune Newsline - Pune,India)
A Two-Day national workshop on suicide and attempted suicide will get underway over the weekend at the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC).
... The keynote address will be delivered by Dr Digvijay Singh Goel, former national consultant in mental health to the Government of India and WHO, currently consultant psychiatrist at Ivercargill Hospital, New Zealand. ...

From the World

It's an interesting concept.
I think today, care in the community for people with mental illness is considered more important than care in the hospital and that make sense if depression will spread among the rest of the people in isolation.

Moon Jobs will Tax Mental Health of Workers
Article Posted: 06/22/2007 2:28:11 PM (Southwest Nebraska News - NE,USA)
...carry long-term implications for the mental health of employees working in isolation for extended periods. Depression and anxiety will reach new levels among those employees, creating mental and cardiovascular health problems as well as a sharp decline in productivity...
...depression experienced by one worker will spread among the rest of the employee base...

Many people (I was one of them before actually meeting people with mental illness) think that people experiencing (or experienced) mental illness can't do the important jobs or can't work at all, but it's not true.
There are so many people, managing their mental illness and doing their work wonderfully if there are good understanding and support at their workplace.
Ex-mental health chief's depression
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2007 Source: PA News (Channel 4 News - London,UK)
A former mental health trust chief has talked of his battle against alcoholism and depression...

We should avoid any discrimination against any group of people or any individual and the report is shocking...
CEHR must tackle mental health discrimination, urges Mental Health Action Group
Posted: 22 June 2007 writes Louise Hunt ( - Sutton,UK)
Tackling discrimination against people with long-term mental health conditions will be a major test for the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights, a mental health advisory group said yesterday...
...unemployment among people with mental health conditions was 80% and people with mental health problems were more likely to experience homelessness...