Recent reports and updates in the Media
12/12/15 – Posttraumatic stress disorder reveals imbalance between signalling systems in the brain – A new study by researchers from the Department of Psychology at Uppsala University and Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet shows that people with PTSD have an imbalance between two neurochemical signalling systems of the brain.
11/24/15 – Light May Work on Nonseasonal Depression, Study Finds – Bright light therapy has been used effectively for seasonal affective disorder. A new study has found that it may work to treat nonseasonal depression as well.
11/17/15 – Decreasing Mental Health Services Increases Mental Health Emergencies – Countywide reductions in psychiatric services – both inpatient and outpatient – led to more than triple the number of emergency psychiatric consults and 55 percent increases in lengths of stay for psychiatric patients in the emergency department.
11/03/15 – Stigma around mental illness a $20B problem in workplace: Some employers find success after setting workplace goals for psychological health (CBC News)
10/04/15 – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mental Health (HBO) – Comedy with the facts. John Oliver explains how our national system of treating mental health works, or more often than not, how it doesn’t.
09/15/15 – Google’s Medical Moonshots Take Aim at Mental Health – Google has indicated the next colossal medical industry in its crosshairs: Mental health. And it has hired another big name to lead the charge — this one from the government. Dr. Tom Insel, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health since 2002, announced his arrival at Google. Insel will join Life Sciences, the two-year-old research division, recently spun out as a standalone Alphabet company.
8/05/2015 – Morning Joe – Senators Murphy & Cassidy Highlight Bill to Reform America’s Mental Health System – Bipartisan proposal to create comprehensive mental health law reform. Gun violence, resources, inpatient and outpatient care, integrate physical and mental health, increase access to care, reduce prison population, reduce discrimination.
2/20/2015 – President Obama’s 2016 Budget: What Does It Mean for Mental Health? Research – Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, Services, Housing, Veterans, Medicaid and Medicare – Andrew Sperling – NAMI
2/05/2015 – HHS Leadership Needed to Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness – U.S. Government Office of Accountability
2/13/2015 – Better Tracking and Oversight Needed of Service Member Separations for Non-Disability Mental Conditions – U.S. Government Office of Accountability
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