No one knows the exact number of medical students or residents who have killed themselves in the U.S.; there is no requirement to report suicide rates in medical school or residency programs. But multiple studies have shown these doctors-in-training are at risk for suicide, and the reality of poor mental health among the population is well-known. (5-7 min read) #medschool #suicide #mentalhealth ... See MoreSee Less
Many parents are first-generation immigrants, leery of acknowledging and addressing mental health problems. So psychiatrists at Stanford University are turning to an unlikely art form to start the conversation: theater...“You can tell us to communicate better with our teenagers,” Hu says of her interactions with parents. “But show us. How do we do it?” (3-4 min read) #mentalhealth #firstgeneration #theatre ... See MoreSee Less
In Palo Alto, where Asian Americans make up roughly 40 percent of youth suicides, Stanford psychiatrists are writing and performing skits aimed at educating parents to have more productive conversations with their children.
"I find Asian-American culture in my experience is not that conducive to conversations about mental health," Yu said. "It's not that Asian Americans don't want their kids to be happy, it's that there isn't that tradition of those conversations taking place." #teen #stigma #mentalhealth ... See MoreSee Less
To combat youth anxiety and depression rates, the British government will fund studies on mindfulness and mental health curriculum in 200 of its schools. (2-4 min read) #MentalHealth #Mindfulness ... See MoreSee Less
After struggling with depression during the 2012 London Olympics and following the suicide of a cousin, Olympian Allison Schmidt wants to help others who struggle with depression. (20 min read) #depression #hope ... See MoreSee Less
1. It's a slow, downward spiral that leads to a moment of crisis. 2. It's fueled by a loss of perspective. 3. It gets better, but it's slow and painful. 4. Don't underestimate your problems. (8-13 min read) #MentalHealth #Suicide ... See MoreSee Less
An interview with neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan on her new book that chronicles stories of patients she diagnosed with psychosomatic disorders. (2-3 min read) #mentalhealth #psychology ... See MoreSee Less
"Given psychiatry’s sordid history with asylums, we should always be wary of forcing treatments on patients. Yet if the goal of deinstitutionalization was to treat patients with severe mental illness in the community, our failure to fulfill that promise begs for novel approaches to care." (3-5 min read) #MentalHealth #Psychiatry ... See MoreSee Less
Addressing social determinants of health can have economic benefits for society: “In America, we’re medicalizing social problems and we’re criminalizing social problems, and we’re wasting huge amounts of public resources. We have the wrong tools to solve the wrong problem.” (3-5 min read) #Healthcare #PublicHealth #ACA #Obamacare ... See MoreSee Less
bit.ly/2lYbtQ4. Fresno Unified trustees approved six new school-based health centers in areas of need. The district plans to provide a school nurse at the proposed six new centers; meanwhile the district already has a shortage of school nurses. #CAnurses #education ... See MoreSee Less
Fresno Unified trustees approved a partnership Feb. 8 with two health care institutions for six new school-based health centers. And more could be on the horizon, but finding school nurses for the sites could be a challenge.
"The tobacco industry has historically marketed cigarettes specifically to the seriously mentally ill — and has developed relationships with homeless shelters and advocacy groups to gain positive media coverage and political support — individuals struggling with mental health account for 44% to 46% of cigarettes sold in the United States, and the tobacco industry even funded research to show that persons with mental illness use nicotine to self-medicate." (2-4 min read) #MentalIllness #Addiction ... See MoreSee Less
A man living with bipolar disorder shares his experience with a first-of-its-kind US program that uses social support systems to integrate people with mental illnesses into their communities. (5-8 min read) #MentalHealth #MentalIllness #Bipolar #Recovery #ACA #Obamacare ... See MoreSee Less
On problematic stereotypes of mental illness in film (2-4 min read): "Mental illness has long been a staple of American cinema. From hallucinations to depression to mania, the characteristics of mental disorders lend to storytelling, often far more than other medical conditions. With millions of viewers every year, movies have the power to shape public understanding of mental illness. As a mental health provider, I often grapple with these cinematic depictions—and the implications for my patients." #MentalIllness #Ableism #Media ... See MoreSee Less
On how repeal of the Affordable Care Act will impact mental health parity: "For millions struggling to heal not only sick bodies but also shattered minds, a depressing political climate is about to trigger a nationwide breakdown." (3-5 min read) #MentalHealth #MentalIllness #Healthcare #ACA #Obamacare ... See MoreSee Less
While the health care–reform debate raged over the last eight years, a quiet progressive victory made lives better for millions of people with surprisingly little controversy—the simple idea that mental health should be taken as seriously as physical health.
On the psychiatric industrial complex (25-35 min read): "Millwood Hospital is part of America’s largest psychiatric hospital chain, Universal Health Services, or UHS. Its more than 200 psychiatric facilities across the country admitted nearly 450,000 patients last year. The result was almost $7.5 billion in revenues from inpatient care last year and profit margins of around 30%. More than a third of the company’s overall revenue — from both medical hospitals and psychiatric facilities — comes from taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid. A yearlong BuzzFeed News investigation [...] raises grave questions about the extent to which those profits were achieved at the expense of patients." #MentalHealth #MentalIllness #Psychiatry #HealthCare bzfd.it/2kvxW7f... See MoreSee Less
The impact of Trump's presidency on people's mental healthcare needs (2-3 min read):
"Still, if President-elect Trump makes good on his promise to repeal the law, he will effectively strip millions of Americans with mental illness overnight of the most medically rational and humane benefits they have ever had — without giving them any indication of what, if anything, will replace them.
The consequences would be quick and devastating. Psychiatrically ill Americans who lost their coverage would be forced to seek treatment in emergency rooms, causing a meteoric rise in health care costs. And untreated mental disorders like depression, bipolar illness and schizophrenia would almost certainly lead to higher suicide rates." #MentalIllness #MentalHealth #HealthCare #ACA #Obamacare ... See MoreSee Less
The San Jose Mercury News wrote an awesome article about our A Day in the Life of Recovery project which you can view in person starting tomorrow, 11/16 at the Santa Clara County Government Center (through December 1st) as well as the Sunnyvale Public Library (through January 15, 2017). www.mercurynews.com/2016/11/14/pizarro-photo-exhibit-aims-to-change-conversation-about-recovery/
#mentalhealth #recovery #wellness #MomentumforMentalHealth #positive #socialgood #cause #ADayintheLifeofRecovery #RecoveryChampion
Andrew Solomon, author of "The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression," critiques the use of mental illness and psychiatric asylums to provoke fear at amusement parks. #MentalHealth #MentalIllness ... See MoreSee Less
"With a lack of mental-health professionals placed in schools, the responsibility to address the needs of children with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges often falls on classroom teachers. This amplifies the call to incorporate learning that focuses on students’ mental health and well-being into daily classroom activities—something that can be beneficial for all children, not just those with diagnosable conditions.
One way classroom teachers can make mental health a more robust part of the school day is by integrating mental-health topics into already existing curricula. A recent study of the Mental Health Matters curriculum proves that the program, which is incorporated into sixth-grade English language-arts classes, is successful in increasing participants’ knowledge of mental-health illnesses and decreasing associated stigmas." (4-6 min read) #MentalHealth #Education #SEL ... See MoreSee Less
"Though academic and social pressures continue to pile on in high school, teenagers can be taught effective coping skills to skirt the pitfalls of anxiety and depression. [...] His latest study, published in the journal Psychological Science, found a surprisingly effective technique. At the beginning of the school year, students participated in a reading and writing exercise intended to instill a basic, almost banal message to help them manage tension: People can change." #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression ... See MoreSee Less