“New York ‘Parachute’ Programme For People With Acute Mental Distress Lands In UK”


The Guardian reports on the Parachute program in New York City.  Based on the Finnish Open Dialogue approach, the Parachute program is an alternative to current health care systems where a team of health care workers collaborate with families and those in distress to develop a path to recovery.  The success of Parachute is now spurring the development of similar programs in the UK.

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  1. The resources could be going towards solutions that are proven to work but instead they are going in this type of direction:


    “Schizophrenia is among the most disabling of human diseases, with poorly understood pathophysiology.1 Many cellular and molecular phenomena have been described in neurons of schizophrenic patients, mostly based on post-mortem, neuroimaging and pharmacological data; however, there is still no clear understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the disease. One of the major challenges has been accessing appropriate cells, tissues and animal models that are relevant to the disease pathology. We reasoned that protein expression changes in olfactory neurosphere-derived (ONS) cells may provide novel insights into cellular processes that are dysregulated in schizophrenia.”