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Study Suggests New Way To Treat People After First Schizophrenia Episode
Washington Post – 10.20.15
A new study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), to be released Tuesday (10/27), suggests new ways of treating people with schizophrenia. The study, Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE), found that “quickly identifying people who have suffered a first schizophrenic episode and treating them with coordinated, sustained services sharply boosts their chances of leading productive lives.” Researchers noted “a substantial difference” for patients who started treatment less than 74 weeks after their first symptoms. The comprehensive approach outlined in RAISE involves a combination of psychotherapy, medication, supported employment and education, resources for families, and case management.
Bay Area Psychiatrist Pens Comprehensive Guide on Suicide Risk
Palo Alto Online – 10.15.15
On October 14th, Eli Merritt, a psychiatrist and mental health consultant, released “Suicide Risk in the Bay Area: A Guide for Families, Physicians, Therapists & Other Professionals,” which acts as a “comprehensive resource and educational guide on suicide risk.” Included is a list of over 300 local and national mental health resources, statistics on suicide, and descriptions of the different elements of the mental health care system. The guidebook also offers step-by-step instructions on how to talk about suicide risk–ask, listen, validate, and keep listening. According to Merritt, “good listening, empathy, love and connections stand together as a powerful gateway to suicide prevention…It’s not the only pathway we have to save lives, certainly…But it is infinitely the most important – and the most overlooked.” According to Merritt, many people’s fear of talking about suicide risk is rooted in the belief that having that conversation “risks planting ideas or opening doors to dangers.” On the contrary, he has learned from his patients and others who have been affected by suicide that when their loved ones broached the topic, it made the “greatest difference.”
California Kaiser Therapists Threaten To Walk Out
KPBS – 10.22.15
#HowAreYou Campaign Aims to Improve Campus Mental Health Services
The Daily Nexus – 10.21.15
The Illusion of Privilege in Foster Care
The Chronicle of Social Change – 10.16.15
“Smart Guns” Can Decrease Youth Suicides, Safety Advocates Say
The Seattle Times – 10.15.15
Red Lipstick & Blue Hair: How My Personal Style Helps Me Fight With Mental Illness
XO Jane – 10.14.15
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