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Work force shortage for mental health staff in low and middle income countries is 362,000.
Click here for The Lancet's Global Mental Health podcast about the global crisis in providing evidence-based services respectful of human rights, especially in low and middle income countries. Disparities The interview corresponds to the opening of the World Federation of Mental Health conference in Cape Town, South Africa, Oct. 17-21.... []
Time between drug use and treatment entry averages 15.6 years.
Read more about a new report from SAMHSA. The study, based on 669,000 adults, found gender differences as well as those for alcohol use (longest), prescription pain medications (shortest). ... []
Pharma spends twice as much on advertising as it does on R and D.
Doctors Matthew Erlich and Lloyd Sederer write about the relationship between risk and marketing of psychiatric drugs in an article in the Huffington Post, With Mental Health Drugs, Greater Risk Means More Marketing... []
in-patient admits nearly doubled for youth
A study in the current issue (August, 2011) of Archives of General Psychiatry indicates that the use of inpatient hospitalization increased nearly 100% for youth between 1996 and 2007. The study was based on hospital discharge data. ... []
It costs cost $96 billion to treat smoking related diseases.
Under the Affordable Care Act programs to end smoking will be reimbursed under Medicaid.The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the costs to will be outweighed by savings in health costs plus additional savings coming from a healthier workforce. Download the announcement from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ... []
Prescriptions for antipsychotic medication grew by 10% in 2010
Abilify, Zyprexa and Seroquel led the growth of second generation anti-psychotics led spending growth with a combined $1.4 billion. Download the entire report from the IMS, Institute for Health Care Informatics. ... []
People with mental illness are 11 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population.
Read more from NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel's blog. ... []
Suicide was 11th highest cause of death overall, 3rd highest for teens and young adules.
A study from the CDC shows a 2.7% increase in suicide as a leading cause of death. Based on information from 2008, data suggest there were 35,933 intentional deaths for all age groups.To read more, you can download a pdf of Preliminary Data for 2008, submitted by the Center for Disease Control's Division of Vital Statistics in December, 2010.... []
Smoking diseases cost the US healthcare system $193 billion.
Read more about smoking, easily the most significant of the preventable illnesses leading to early and excessive death rates. See The Lancet... []
16 NIH Institutes and Centers support research on the nervous system.
To see them all, click here.... []
As many as one-third of people with behavioral health issues are uninsured.
This figure was given during a webchat about the impact of the Affordable Health Care Act for people with a mental health or substance use disorder. Pam Hyde, SAMHSA, and Sec. Kathleen Sibileus participated. To hear or see the entire conversation, go to http://www.healthcare.gov/live/... []
In 2009, $23.25 billion was spent on drugs treating psychiatric disorders.
This figure comes from an AP report about new approved uses for Merck drug treating schizophrenia. Read more here.... []
106,000 Soldiers are prescribed some form of pain, depression or anxiety medications.
Read Army Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention from the United States Army.... []
80 million people with mental health needs live in medically under served areas.
This is the figure comes from HRSA, Health Resources Services Administration, and is based on an estimate of 10,000 people for every one provider. In July 2010 a committee was named to review needs and solutions.... []
Mood disorders accounted for 43 percent of visits to emergency rooms in 2007.
"In 2007, of the 95 million visits made to the emergency department (ED) by adults in the U.S., 12.0 million (12.5 percent) were related to MHSA," reports the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The summary appears in a press release from the here. Or download the entire report (pdf): Mental Health and Substance Abuse-Related Emergency Department Visits among Adults, 2007.... []
There is one suicide every 16 minutes.
Learn more from the Suicide Prevention Action Network.... []
The VA served 1.2 mllion people in mental health settings in 2009.
Read the GAO report, "Reporting of Spending and Workload for Mental Health Services Could Be Improved," released May 2010.... []
Elderly in long-term care doubt need for mental health problems.
Read more about this study from the Nov. 2009 issue of the Journal of Gerontology. ... []
Three hundred Civil War veterans are buried on the grounds of St. Elizabeths Hospital.
Read more about the history of St. Elizabeths Hospital, founded in 1855 by Dorothea Dix.... []
A one-bedroom apartment cost more than 90% of SSI for people receiving disabled benefits in 2000.
Read more about housing needs in a report titled Priced Out in 2000. ... []
Need for community mental health services has grown 51% during the recession.
The National Association of State Mental Health Directors Research Institute conducted a survey of the impact of budget shortfalls on state spending for mental health. The report indicates severe cuts in all but three states amounting to $1.82 billion between 2009 and 2011. To read more about threats to services and programs, including crisis intervention, staffing reductions, loss of acute beds for children and adults. Read more from The Impact of the State Fiscal Crisis on the Public Mental Health... []
One-in-four nursing home residents received antipsychotic medication.
Read more on the website of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality about antipsychotic medicines that were used to control "behavioral symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, irritability, and aggression. This was despite an FDA warning in 2005 that antipsychotic use is associated with an increased risk for death."... []
France dropped transsexuality from mental disorders.
"Last month, France became the first country in the world to remove transsexualism from its official list of mental disorders," writes Gaëlle Faure in Time Magazine. Read more. ... []
Researchers discovered a gene associated with depression and bi-polar disorders.
Read Genes and Circuitry, Not Just Clinical Observation, to Guide Classification for Research about the overlap of depression and bipolar disorder on Chromosome 3, one of the many genes researchers believe will one day influence classification, diagnosis and treatment. ... []
The first conference sponsored by consumer/survivors was held in 1972.
Click here to download a pdf of The History of the Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Movement.... []

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