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."...

From the world,1,5742175.story?coll=la-health-medicine
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...


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