New website promotes youth sharing information in Australia
The following note pertains to a new Australian project promoting sharing of information based on gender, age, diagnosis, treatment choices. To MIWatch, The Mental Health Literacy research team at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre (Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne) have developed a website- whatworks4u.org- where young people can jump on and share what treatments have worked for their mental health problems and learn what treatments have worked for others. We hope to increase awareness of treatment... []
Alabama's youth denied services
. . . protection needed in all states []
Deportation fears grip Georgia's children
...a mental health crisis in the making []
Youth suicide epidemic worries lawmakers
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You never forget a suicide, said Sen. Byron Dorgan, describing the lasting impact of a friend who took his own life. "It's something you never, ever, ever forget. It's as if it happened 10 seconds ago " Dorgan said during Senate hearings about the suicide epidemic among Native American teens. Last week, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs heard descriptions . . . []
Mental health advocate is Aussie "man of year"
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"A campaigner for better treatment for mentally ill young people is this year's Australian of the Year," writes the News. Patrick McGorry, a psychiatrist . . . []
FDA cautions Zyprexa for teens
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Metabolic side effects will become standard black box warnings for adolescents taking olanzapine (Zyprexa) as a result of an FDA ruling. The new guidelines. . . []
New depression studies raise questions
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A study in Journal of the American Medical Association about the effectiveness of anti-depressants has been widely reported. The conclusions, that drug therapies are most beneficial for people with the most serious symptoms, but are no better than a placebo for those with mild symptoms, does not square with the clinical observations of doctors. . . []
Psychiatric Solutions: pay raise, lawsuits and a new military contract
Psychiatric Solutions, Inc., a national chain of psychiatric hospitals plagued with state and federal investigations and share-holder lawsuits has received a military contract for serving vets in eight hospitals.. . . []
Teen drug use fluctuates, says NIDA
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the University of MIchigan released a report on drug use among adolescents indicating slight changes for most drugs. []
Juvenile detention centers, jails, hospitals fail New Yorkers
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Too many juveniles are ending up in prisons that are isolating them, failing to meet their mental health needs, absent plans to return successfully to the community, costing too much, and just plain inappropriate says a report commissioned by the Vera Institute.This is just one of the many reports about failures in New York State that are hurting people suffering with a mental illness. []
Preventing Indian youth suicide (S 1635)
Suicide rates among Native Americans range from 3 1/2 to 10 times greater (depending on the state) than for other youth in America, said Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND). The Indian Affairs Committee heard testimony on behalf of the "7th Generation Promise: Indian Youth Suicide Prevention Act of 2009 (S 1635)" discussing the epidemic of suicide pointing to the mental health needs of the Indian Health Service. Dr. Yvette Roubideaux explained services are inadequate and fragmented, stitching together a combination of... []
Twice as many adolescents who drink live with fathers who have alcohol disorders.
Read more about this study from SAMHSA. ... []
Bipolar diagnosis mixed bag in youth
With the hike in diagnosing bipolar disorder, and prescribing drugs for kids, researchers wanted to know the circumstances in which these decisions were made. Researchers reviewed 1.3 million insurance claims for youth under the age of 17. . . []
Safety of atypical antipsychotics
Atypical antipsychotic drugs are used widely beyond the original group of mental disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, for which they were initially approved. []
June in the journals
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Children of war carry the trauma long after power has shifted and the ink has dried on peace treaties. An editorial in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine laments PTSD, a long-term consequence of trauma for children has received little attention. . . []
A little money helps a lot of kids
Numbers do not tell the story about real lives affected by budget cuts. Carla Lisio, clinical director at MHA of Westchester (New York) describes a low-cost, high-impact program for kids which was eliminated when budget cuts were imposed on this New York agency. []
200,000 teens were enrolled in residential treatment programs, wilderness camps, and boot camps in 2004.
Read more and download the GAO (Government Accounting Office) report at Teen Advocates USA. ... []
Study of trauma, PTSD, and suicide
Not all assaultive trauma results in PTSD, but when it does, research indicates, there are greater risks for suicide. Results (n=1698) of a study of youth who were enrolled in a study when they entered first grade 15 years earlier indicated females made more suicide attempts than males. The youth came from Baltimore and the sample was nearly half male and 71 percent African-American. Suicide ranks as the third leading cause of death for people 15 to 24 years old,... []
Preventing child abuse in residential treatment
Abuses in wilderness camps, therapeutic communities, and other residential treatment programs have fallen between the law and regulation. For lack of success in other treatment setting, parents of out-of-control adolescents with mental health, addiction, or behavior problems have turned to unlicensed programs. After hearings and law-suits detailed abuses such as the withholding of food, sex abuse, unlicensed treatment providers, and, in some instances, death, Rep. George Miller (D-Cal) re-introduced a bill (H.R. 911) to establish enforceable standards. Update (23 Feb.... []
TV and depression
Of the many aspects of adolescent mental health, it appears watching television and depression go together. A study in the February issue of Archives of General Psychiatry describes a national, heterogeneous sample of students, grades 7 to 12, for whom depression increased with each additional hour of television viewing. Seven years after the study began, by 7.4 percent met criteria for depression. This is slightly higher than the 5 percent estimate for teen depression given by the American Academy of... []
Black youth and suicide
After the on-line suicide of a 19-year-old from Florida, Newsweek online spoke with University of Michigan expert, Dr. Sean Joe. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for black men. Joe noted that stigma influences "the ways in which men perceive what it means to seek help for mental-health issues." ... []
Web site helps New Zealand teens
Text messaging by teens is par for the course. But messages sent by teens to a website for depression is an indication of seeking and getting help. The Auckland-based site has been visited by nearly 100,000 people since it was launched in 2007 reports a New Zealand paper.... []
Suicide risks for adolescents
Research assessing suicide attempts for 10-18 year olds (n=210) who ended up in an emergency room concludes that risk factors included "romantic breakups, exposure to suicide/suicide attempts, and pregnancy in self or partner." Untreated depression also figured for males. The study was conducted in two emergency rooms, and gathered information from questionnaires about treatment history, environmental factors, and sociodemographic characteristics to determine the risks. It is published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child... []
Evaluating residential treatment for teens
A check list of questions, designed to help parents evaluate services at a private residential treatment program for teens, was released by the Federal Trade Commission. Congress has been looking into these programs which often reside in states having no regulations for accountability.... []
Focusing on young adult needs
Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR, picture) and Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) led their respective chambers in drafting legislation to protect young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 with a serious mental health disorder. The goal for an estimated 2.4 million people living in the community is to help them build "the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to ensure their healthy transition to successful adult roles and responsibilities." Last week a Government Accounting Office (GAO) report, Young Adults with... []

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