Integratating mental health and substance use in reform
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To make sure that mental health and substance use disorders are incorporated in on-going health reform debates, the Whole Health Campaign provides policy briefs with recommendations. []
Mental health rankings unchanged
iStockphoto The United Health Foundation's annual rankings of health indicators show the nation's "poor mental health days" remained unchanged at 3.4 days from the previous year. They are up from 3 days in 2000. North and South Dakota tied for first place with the fewest number of days of activity missed. And Vermont, which ranked highest on 14 of 22 indicators, tied for 14th place on mental health -- a drop from 9th place last year. The rankings are based... []
Improving research designs
The May issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry includes editorials critical of standard research design for drug studies and those undertaken with insufficient attention to racial differences. “What is the meaning of the incremental cost of an active treatment compared with placebo when substantial costs attributed to the placebo exist only because of the research design?” asks one editorial, commenting on a drug study treating adolescents and depression. Another editorial laments that "'monocultural ethnocentrism" continues to pervade "good science"... []
Impact of work programs
A six-country international study (n= 312) evaluated work programs and subsequent clinical and social functioning for people with schizophrenia and depression using a battery of standard evaluations. An abstract is available online in Advance Access Schizophrenia Bulletin. ... []
Fighting depression and suicide in Australia
Men in Australia, who battle depression and suicide, are meeting in warehouses where they build furniture or children’s toys. The World looks at the quickly growing “men’s shed” movement, how these groups provide companionship and a place to speak freely, and how they have saved lives and spirits. ... []
Ireland promotes work inclusion
Ireland's National Economic Social Forum (NESF) notes that work is a strategy for recovery that also dampens social isolation. A report calls for non-medical supports to increase employment, combat stigma, and provides models of social and work place supports. NESF estimates that loss of earnings due to mental illness costs about 3-4 percent of the GDP in Europe.... []
. . .from the APHA, Nov. 5-7
by Phyllis Vine
The American Public Health Association annual meeting in Washington, DC, has a number of events discussing a range of issues from Monday's session on empowering consumers in mental health treatments to disaster preparedness, school based reforms. Read summaries of selected sessions, including Dr. Ron Manderscheid's presentation about PTSD and returning vets.

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Employment and well-being
Psychiatric Services, July 2007 Long-term benefits of employment documented for people (N=78) with severe mental illness in a small urban mental health center in New England. ... []
Human Resource execs recognize impact of mental illness
PRNewswire, June 1, 200 Employee Benefit News confirms the costs of untreated mental illness in the workplace after speaking to 515 human resource officers of companies with more than 350,000 employees nationwide.... []
"Social Inclusion of People with Mental Illness," by Julian Leff and Richard Warner
by Mark Ragins, MD
A book for "readers who are already inspired and passionate workers, advocates, or searchers in our world of mental illness. You’ll have more meat on your bones," says Ragins. []
Succeed like Seabiscuit: the promise of a New York job training program
by Tom Malamud
People with mental illness are often under-employed despite their huge potential. New York City's Fountain House developed an employment program to guarantee that, like the race horse it's named after, Seabiscuit, members not only get to the starting gate, but they finish as winners. []
Recovery, Psychiatric Education, and the Future
by Hunter L. McQuistion, MD The potential for building personal recovery is stronger than it's ever been. This is a paradigmatic change which, according to noted psychiatrist Hunter L. McQuistion, requires including models of recovery in post-graduate training programs. []

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