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."...

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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.
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.
Treating People With Experience Of Mental Illness? - 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.
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
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...
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...
Video game addiction 'disorder' - doctors - 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
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.
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...
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...
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...

Mental Health News Pickup for 26 June 2007

Daily Mental Health News Pick Up

From New Zealand

The exact cause of mental illness is not known and there are mental illnesses, which we can't prevent, but there are mental illnesses, which we can prevent.
Not trying to prevent babies having a mental illness is just sad...
High cost of a tipple on those in the womb - Wellington,New Zealand
The Dominion Post | Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Thirty years after foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) was first recognised, it is still the leading cause of mental retardation worldwide. Ruth Hill meets a health professional fighting for recognition of the problem in New Zealand...

From the world
State's first lady visits to increase awareness of mental health
Benton Courier - Benton,AR,USA
Monday, 25 June 2007
Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe made a stop Thursday at Benton’s First United Methodist Church during a state tour in which she is speaking with families about mental health awareness. Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe made a stop Thursday at Benton’s First United Methodist Church during a state tour in which she is speaking with families about mental health awareness...
Many SARS survivors had poor mental recovery - Canada
Updated Mon. Jun. 25 2007 4:14 PM ET News Staff
Most Canadians who survived SARS recovered well physically, but many had psychological problems and reported a lower quality of life one year later, finds a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine...

Mental Health News Pickup for 25 June 2007

Daily Mental Health News Pick Up

From the World

I think it's really important to have more Asian Mental Health Support Workers in New Zealand because of the increased Asian population in this country to deal with hidden Mental Health problems in the local Asian community and prevent possible future problems.

Mental-health care faces language, cultural barriers

Richmond Times Dispatch - Richmond,VA,USA
Sunday, Jun 24, 2007 - 04:20 PM By Juan Antonio Lizama Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
Officials cite need for multilingual staff, focus on immigrants
Arteaga's story is an example of how a resource-challenged mental-health system is reaching out to immigrant communities in the Richmond area. Arteaga, who is from Mexico, was fortunate to find a mental-health therapist who speaks Spanish. She speaks English, but is more comfortable with Spanish. Shaffer could communicate effectively with her and her son...

Well, I think more and more Mental Health Support Professionals are required in the world in the future.
If you are interested in becoming a Mental Health Support Worker, visit my blog My journey to be a Mental Health Support Worker!
Finding trained staff for mental health facilities is a challenge
Victorville Daily Press - Victorville,CA,USA
June 24, 2007 - 12:55AM By KATHERINE ROSENBERG Staff Writer
Even though a new mental health hospital was recently built and opened in Coalinga, only 500 of the facility’s 1,500 beds are currently being used, because there aren’t enough trained professionals to staff it at capacity...

It wasn't just me, thinking of putting information about Mental Health online.
I think more and more information about Mental Health should be available online.
Internet site offers resources on mental health
Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia,MO,USA
By SARA SEMELKA of the Tribune’s staff
Published Sunday, June 24, 2007
After the mass murder in April of 32 people at Virginia Tech University and the disclosure that the gunman suffered from mental illness, Faisal Ahmed wanted to provide Mid-Missourians access to information about mental health...

I think the problem is not that many students are having mental illness, but they are not getting proper help or treatment.
We need to raise public awareness of mental health and make help available in primary care so that students can reach help easily when they need it.
Students With Symptoms Of Mental Illness Often Don't Seek Help - Dania,FL,USA
Updated: 6/24/2007 4:06:56 PM
Science Daily — Studies show that the incidence of mental illness on college campuses is rising, and a new survey of 2,785 college students indicates that more than half of students with significant symptoms of anxiety or depression do not seek help...
Our View -- Mental health care a priority
Mankato Free Press - Mankato,MN,USA
Published June 23, 2007 04:27 pm - The mental health unit at ISJ Hospital has been reopened.
Mental health is often overlooked in the realm of critical medical care. Government reimbursement for psychiatrists is so low there is a shortage of available professionals. A shortage of psychiatric beds often follows...