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Open Dialogue Announces New Training Programs

As interest in Open Dialogue approaches to mental health spreads all over the world, there is increased demand for formal training in Open Dialogue to develop capacities to be with people in states of extreme distress. Now, Open Dialogue UK is announcing new programs to prepare therapists to become Open Dialogue practitioners and Open Dialogue trainers.

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MHFA: An Evidence-based practice might not help people

I am going to back up Sera Davidow’s blog post with an examination of the literature around Mental Health First Aid and how this details out the weakness of relying on evidence-based practices. Now, MHFA is designated as an evidence-based …
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Mental Health First Aid: Your Friendly Neighborhood Mental Illness Maker

I did it. I finally did it. I went and took a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) class. I had already conjured it up in my mind to be big, bad and terrible based on what I understood to be its basic premise, the affiliated website, and all I’ve ever heard about it from anyone else. However, the truth is that many of those anyones also hadn’t taken it, and so… what if it was better than we all thought? What if we were full of assumptions and were just plain wrong? What does an actual day in the life of Mental Health First Aid look like?
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“How Probiotics May Help Ease Depression”

In this video interview, Dr. Kelly Brogan explains how probiotics, or ‘psychobiotics,’ can directly impact brain, behavior, mood, and cognition. “Brogan recommended consuming 15 to 20 billion units of probiotics with both lacto-bacillus and bfido-bacterium strains daily. She said this variety of the nutrient has the strongest link with improved depression and anxiety.”

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“The Torturing of Mentally Ill Prisoners”

This week’s issue of the New Yorker examines the treatment of people diagnosed with mental health issues in Florida’s prisons. The horrifying stories of prisoners tortured, killed by guards, and driven to suicide while staff looked away reached the public only through the work of investigators and whistleblowers.

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Mental Health Documentary “Healing Voices” Premiers Across 130 Communities in 8 Countries

The producers of “Healing Voices” ­‐ a new social action documentary about mental health ­‐ are releasing the film via community screening partners in a coordinated global event. The movie will screen in more than 130 locations across the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand, and Australia on and around April 29th as part of the movie’s “ONE NIGHT, ONE VOICE” grass roots release.

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“What Drug Ads Don’t Say”

For the New York Times, Cornell psychiatrist Richard Friedman proposes new regulations to make direct-to-consumer drug ads reveal the relative price and effectiveness information that is currently hidden. “Drug companies might legitimately complain that there are many reasons a drug might fail to outperform a placebo besides ineffectiveness: quirks in the design of a trial; patients who were not typical of those with the disease; a dosage that was too low. But then the company should be happy to explain this to the public, since the goal is education, right?”

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Unhelpful Utterances: 6 Comments We Should No Longer Hear From Mental Health Professionals

Professionals are paid to share their wisdom with those who are, typically, less informed. But, when dealing with mental health professionals in the psychiatric arena, it is wise to retain a degree of skepticism about the words spoken by the doctors and nurses commissioned to help reduce human misery and suffering.
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Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza’s Psychiatrist Arrested

The psychiatrist who treated Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza has been arrested for sexual misconduct with a 19-year-old patient, for distribution of controlled substances, and for questionable billing practices and patient records retention. When detectives investigating the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School talked with Paul Fox in 2012, he told them that he had destroyed any records he had of his treatment of Lanza — two years too soon.

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