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In the news...Lobotomy Survivors Sought for Documentary
Online Seminar to Raise Consumer Awareness of Research Issues
National Day of Prayer to Promote Recovery
Mental Health Consumer/Survivors Create National Coalition
More than Half of Prison and Jail Inmates Have Mental Health Problems, BJS Reports
SAMHSA Names Acting Administrator
Voice Awards Honor Consumers and Entertainment Professionals
U.S. Ranked 23rd in Worldwide Happiness Survey
Internet-based Program May Prevent Eating Disorders
Single-Dose Antidepressant Found to Relieve Symptoms Almost Immediately
Postpartum Depression Affects Men Too
Screening Required to Identify Nursing Home Residents with Serious Mental Illnesses
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Key Update, Volume 3 No. 3, September 2006
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The producer of a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary about Walter Freeman, who was responsible for the increased use of lobotomy in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s, is seeking people who received lobotomies, or their family members, to share their experiences. Stories will be kept confidential unless permission is granted to include them in the film, which will be part of the PBS series “American Experience.” Contact Kate Walker at Ark Media, KateCWalker@yahoo.com or 718-832-5279.* * *
A new online Professional Development Program (PDP) will help consumers get a better grasp of the various roles they might play in a research study and their rights in the research process, as well as a better understanding of research results. Successful completion of the program, offered by Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, will provide 10 PDP hours, which can be used for continuing education purposes. For more information, see http://www.bu.edu/cpr/training/distance/seminars/researchissuesdescription.html or contact Sue McNamara at email@example.com or 617-358-2574.
Source: SAMHSA News, July/August 2006* * *
The National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding will be on Tuesday, October 3, during Mental Illness Awareness Week (the first full week in October), according to Mental Health Ministries. Sample liturgies and a format for a candlelight service are available at the link belowSource: http://www.mentalhealthministries.net/mhm_spotlights/archives/2006/fall2006.html * * *
NEWS AND REPORTS
Mental health consumer/survivors have formed a national coalition to ensure that they play a major role in the development and implementation of health and mental health care and social policies at the state and national levels. The Coalition will collaborate with other advocacy groups to ensure that people diagnosed with mental illnesses continue to make progress toward full participation in the community. The Coalition currently consists of organizations run by consumers representing 28 states and the District of Columbia, including representatives from the three federally funded consumer-run national technical assistance centers: the Consumer Organization and Networking Technical Assistance Center, the National Empowerment Center, and the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. The Coalition supports the efforts of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to transform the mental health system to one that is recovery-based and consumer- and family-driven, and supports SAMHSA’s consensus statement on recovery (http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/sma05-4129/).
Source: http://www.ncmhcso.org/* * *
New figures released on September 6 by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) indicate that more than half of all prison and jail inmates - including 56 percent of state prisoners, 45 percent of federal prisoners and 64 percent of local jail inmates - have mental health problems. The findings represent inmates' reporting symptoms rather than an official diagnosis of a mental illness. According to the new report, female inmates had higher rates of mental health problems than did male inmates. In addition, individuals with mental health problems had high rates of substance dependence or abuse in the year preceding their admission to prison: 74 percent of state prisoners and 76 percent of local jail inmates were dependent on or abusing drugs or alcohol; 37 percent of state prisoners and 34 percent of jail inmates said they had used drugs at the time of their offense. According to BJS, the findings were based on a nationally representative sample of prisoners in 2004 and jail inmates in 2002; more than 25,000 inmates completed in-person interviews.
A 33-year veteran of the Department of Health and Human Services has been named acting administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H., has succeeded Charles G. Curie, who stepped down as SAMHSA administrator in August. Broderick says he is committed to moving forward with SAMHSA’s vision of “a life in the community for everyone” as well as its mission of “building resilience and facilitating recovery.” According to Mental Health Weekly, Broderick will also be concentrating on suicide prevention.Source:: http://www.samhsa.gov/about/bio_broderick.aspx
Mental Health Weekly, 8/14/06 * * *
In August, Carmen Lee, founder of Stamp Out Stigma, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as part of the federal agency’s Voice Awards, which go to consumers and entertainment professionals who have contributed to the fight against stigma and discrimination. The actresses Patty Duke and Ruta Lee received Special Recognition awards for mental health advocacy. Consumer Leadership awards went to Doug DeVoe, CEO of Ohio Advocates for Mental Health; Lynn Kohr and Nancy Jensen, abuse survivors who successfully lobbied for the creation of the Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Persons with Disabilities Unit within the Kansas state attorney general’s office, and helped convict the group home owners who had abused them; Gayathri Ramprasad, a longtime consumer advocate and associate producer of a documentary to raise public awareness of mental illness and stigma; and Sandra McQueen-Baker, a Florida consumer leader who directs a drop-in center and is involved in police training.
Source: CMHS Consumer Affairs E-News, August 15, 2006, Vol. 06-89* * *
A survey of 178 countries that measured their populations’ happiness based on their health, wealth, and access to education ranked the United States 23rd, far behind the top three countries: Denmark (1), Switzerland (2) and Austria (3). The United States is happier than the United Kingdom (41), France (62) and Japan (90), and is much better off than the Democratic Republic of the Congo (176), Zimbabwe (177) and Burundi (178).
A study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health has found that an online program can prevent eating disorders in college-age women who are at risk for such disorders. The study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in August, included an eight-week, Internet-based, cognitive behavioral program called Student Bodies; its goal was to decrease the women’s concerns about body weight and shape, enhance body image, promote healthy eating and weight maintenance, and increase knowledge about the risks of eating disorders. The lead author, a Stanford University researcher, called this the first study to show that eating disorders can be prevented in people who are at high risk for such disorders. The program appeared most helpful to women who were overweight at the beginning of the study; none of these women developed an eating disorder after two years, while 11.9 percent of similar women in the control group did. It also seemed to help women who already had some symptoms of an eating disorder at the program’s start; only 14 percent of these women developed an eating disorder within two years, compared to 30 percent of similar women in the control group.
People who had treatment-resistant depression got relief from their symptoms in as little as two hours following a single intravenous dose of ketamine, a medication more typically given as an anesthetic, according to a preliminary study published in the August issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry. Symptoms improved within a single day in 71 percent of individuals who received ketamine; 35 percent of those who received the drug still were experiencing benefits a week later, according to a report on the study in Mental Health Weekly. People in the control group, who received a placebo, showed no improvement. The drug is unlikely to become a common treatment because of potential side effects – which include hallucinations – at higher doses (although none of the people participating in the study, who received low doses, had serious side effects). However, researchers believe that the study may lead to the development of a new class of antidepressants that are more successful than currently available medications.
A recent study reported in the journal Pediatrics has found that 10 percent of new fathers experienced significant depression after their babies’ birth, compared with 14 percent of mothers. The findings are based on a survey of more than 5,000 couples with nine-month-old babies. According to the researchers, the 10 percent figure is more than twice the rate of depression among American men in the general population.
Medicaid regulations require states to administer a Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) program to screen applicants and residents of nursing facilities for mental retardation and serious mental illnesses to make sure that they receive the most appropriate placements and mental health services. The report is available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Call 1-800-789-2647 or 1-866-889-2647 TDD or go to the following link: http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/media/ken/msword/SMA05-4039.doc
Source: SAMHSA News, July/August 2006* * *
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