Thursday, November 14, 2019

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

Bringing Together Young and Old to Ease Isolation of Rural Life

From NPR: Communities in northeastern MN are trying to reconnect a fragmented social fabric through a program called AGE to age, which connects about 4,000 youths with almost 2,500 older adults annually.

CDC: Childhood Trauma Is a Public Health Issue and We Can Do More to...

From NPR: A new report published Tuesday presents the CDC's first estimate of how many Americans are affected by adverse childhood experiences and the benefits of preventing these kinds of traumas.

U of Buffalo Studies Show Protective Effects of Maternal Love

From The Buffalow News: Even for children born to parents who used alcohol, cocaine or other drugs, a supportive, respectful primary caregiver lowered their future health and relationship risks.

Chicago Closed Many of Its Free Mental Health Clinics, So West Siders Opened Their...

From Block Club Chicago: The community-funded center offers a wide scope of services managed by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, including individual and group counseling, with a special focus on trauma and substance abuse.

UN Calls for Human Rights-Based Approach to Suicide Prevention

From Psychiatry Advisor: "A focus on locating problems and solutions within individuals obscures the need to address the structural factors that make lives unliveable," said the special rapporteur on the right to health.

A 60,000-Year-Old Cure for Depression

From BBC: It seems indigenous Australians have much to teach us about developing greater awareness and reciprocity with our planet for our physical and emotional survival – if we only take the time to listen.

More States Requiring Mental Health Education by Law

From TODAY: "Often, it's like the elephant in a room. It's something that they feel like, 'Oh, it's only me,'" said one teacher. "Letting them know that they're not so important."

Reanalyses of Depression, Chronic Pain Drug Trials Aim to Unearth New Data

From Science: An initiative called Restoring Invisible and Abandoned Trials or RIAT recently awarded two grants to researchers reanalyzing the STAR*D and gabapentin clinical trials.

Much Madness: A Survivor’s Guide to Extreme States for Young Adults

From Hive Mutual Support Network: A new collection of personal stories shares what eight people who experienced psychosis or extreme states in their youth found helpful in their journies.

It’s Time for Psychology to Lead, Not Follow

From Psychology Today: Mind depends on brain and cannot exist apart from it. But knowledge of brain is not knowledge of mental life. They are different levels of analysis requiring different concepts and methods.

Bernie Sanders Wants to Alleviate Senior Loneliness

From Jacobin: Senior isolation is correlated not just to a decline in mental wellbeing but also physical wellbeing: lonely people are 50 percent more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social connections.

NH Woman Detained in Hospital for Weeks Joins Lawsuit Against State

From NPR: The ACLU of New Hampshire is bringing a federal class-action lawsuit against the state for not providing hearings to involuntary psychiatric patients sooner.

UK’s National Survivor User Network Announces New CEO

From the National Survivor User Network: In January 2020, Akiko Hart will join NSUN as CEO with the goal of amplifying the voices of people with personal experience and fighting for rights-based changes in mental health.

Taking the Cops Out of Mental Health-Related 911 Calls

From Kaiser Health News: Denver and at least seven other cities are considering an Oregon program that diverts nonviolent, often mental health-related 911 calls to a medic and a mental health professional instead of law enforcement.

‘Joker’ Tells the Truth About ‘Mental Illness’ and It’s Long Overdue

From The Toronto Star: Here is a movie that says, loudly and clearly: screw the just-go-get-help discourse that’s been dominating our discussions about mental illness. Because things are not all right. The system is really broken.

Why Parents Should Be Concerned With ‘EQ,’ Not Just IQ

From The Washington Post: We’ve long underestimated and ignored emotional intelligence, especially in kids, instead focusing on academic success and testing them to measure it.

Suicide Attempts Among Black Youth Rising at Alarming Rates, Study Finds

From CBS News: Self-reported suicide attempts for black adolescents rose by 73% between 1991 to 2017, while falling by 7.5% for white adolescents over the same period.

CDC: More American Young People Dying by Suicide, Homicide

From CBS News: Suicide deaths among 10- to 24-year-olds increased 7% annually from 2013 to 2017, while homicide deaths in this age group rose 18% from 2014 to 2017.

A Strange New Culprit Behind Eating Disorders

From The Atlantic: Recent evidence suggests a relationship between upper-respiratory-tract infections and the development of eating disorders in some children.

Not Just Opioids: What Doctors Want You to Know About Benzos

From CNN: "If we don't turn our attention to benzos, if we ignore this pattern that we're beginning to see, we may...find ourselves in the same position that we have with opioids."

As Trump Calls for More ‘Institutions,’ GOP Shifts Focus to Mental Health

From The Washington Post: "I do want people to remember the words 'mental illness.' These people are mentally ill," Trump said after the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

Overdose Epidemic Sending More and More Children to Foster Care

From Mother Jones: The total number of foster care entries has slowly dwindled, but entries due to parental drug use jumped from roughly 40,000 in 2000 to nearly 100,000 in 2017.

Canada’s Decision to Make Public More Clinical Trial Data Pressures FDA

From NPR: Canada's move follows a similar policy enacted by the European Union, but the FDA continues to treat this information as confidential to companies and rarely makes it public.

Groundbreaking Program Supports People Without Force in Belgium

From Human Rights Watch: "There are only two rules...We don’t abandon someone, and we don’t force someone. When people call us, they’re a citizen. Not a sick person, not a patient, not a user, not a client.”

‘Clearly a Game’: Opioid Lawsuit Settlements Give Tax Breaks to Drug Firms

From USA TODAY: "When corporations deduct settlements for wrongdoing [from their taxes], the public is doubly harmed," said a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

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