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...