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...