Mental Health Psychi Psychol

Preventing Deaths in Detention of Adults with Mental Health Conditions an inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission [UK] – 24 February 2015

Posted on February 25, 2015. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Preventing Deaths in Detention of Adults with Mental Health Conditions an inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission [UK] – 24 February 2015

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Investing in children’s mental health : a review of evidence on the costs and benefits of increased service provision – Centre for Mental Health [UK] – 3 February 2015

Posted on February 10, 2015. Filed under: Health Economics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Investing in children’s mental health : a review of evidence on the costs and benefits of increased service provision – Centre for Mental Health [UK] – 3 February 2015

News report: Supporting children’s mental health is a good investment, says new report

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Mental health: needs of gang-affiliated young people – Public Health England – 27 January 2015

Posted on January 30, 2015. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Mental health: needs of gang-affiliated young people – Public Health England – 27 January 2015

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How to…provide youth-friendly mental health and wellbeing services – Right Here – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – 22 January 2015

Posted on January 30, 2015. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

How to…provide youth-friendly mental health and wellbeing services – Right Here – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – 22 January 2015

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In-depth review of the psychiatrist workforce: Main report – Centre for workforce Intelligence (CFWI) [UK] – November 2014

Posted on November 13, 2014. Filed under: Medicine, Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Workforce | Tags: , |

In-depth review of the psychiatrist workforce: Main report – Centre for workforce Intelligence (CFWI) [UK] – November 2014

“The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) was commissioned by the Department of Health (DH) and Health Education England (HEE) to conduct an in-depth review of the psychiatrist workforce in England, with a particular focus on fully trained psychiatrists with a certificate of completion of training (‘CCT holders’)
who typically are employed as consultants.

The review considered demand and supply for CCT holders in the six psychiatry specialties:

general adult psychiatry
psychiatry of old age
child and adolescent psychiatry
forensic psychiatry
psychiatry of learning disability, and
medical psychotherapy.

Please note that a technical report has been published alongside this main report. This provides additional information concerning the wider mental health workforce, psychiatry training, the psychiatrist workforce, and the data and assumptions the CfWI used in its modelling of the psychiatrist workforce.”

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The costs of perinatal mental health problems – Centre for Mental Health and London School of Economics – October 2014

Posted on October 24, 2014. Filed under: Health Economics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Obstetrics |

The costs of perinatal mental health problems – Centre for Mental Health and London School of Economics – 20 October 2014

“This report sets out the findings of a project on the economic and social impact of maternal mental health problems in the perinatal period, defined as the period during pregnancy and the first year after childbirth.”

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Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice 2nd ed – 2014

Posted on October 20, 2014. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice 2nd ed – 2014

“Funded by the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Telethon Kids Institute/Kulunga Aboriginal Research Development Unit in collaboration with the University of Western Australia.

The book is intended for staff and students and all health practitioners working in areas that support Indigenous mental health and wellbeing. Working Together offers a high quality, comprehensive examination of issues and strategies influencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.”

“If you wish to download the Working Together eBook or PDF we kindly ask that you fill out a short request form. This form will pop up when you click here.

Once you have filled out the form you will be able to commence your download. We are asking for this information to ensure that we are disseminating the book to a wide range of sectors.

Individual sections and chapters (PDF downloads) may be downloaded by clicking on each link.”

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Transforming mental health: A plan of action for London – King’s Fund – 25 September 2014

Posted on September 26, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Transforming mental health: A plan of action for London – King’s Fund – 25 September 2014

“The government’s mandate for achieving parity of esteem between physical and mental health has put the spotlight on mental health provision. In London, meeting the mental health needs of the large and diverse population poses major challenges, and the London Health Board has identified improving the mental wellbeing of Londoners as a priority. But so far, there has been little consideration of what is required to meet the future mental health needs of London’s population and how this can be achieved.

This report describes a vision for the future of mental health provision in London, generated through a process of engagement with key stakeholders in the capital. The vision is based on a collaborative, integrated approach towards mental health that is relevant in London and elsewhere.”

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No Assumptions – A Narrative for Personalised, Coordinated Care and Support in Mental Health – Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) [UK] – 29 August 2014

Posted on September 2, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

No Assumptions – A Narrative for Personalised, Coordinated Care and Support in Mental Health – Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) [UK] – 29 August 2014

“No Assumptions: A Narrative for personalised, coordinated care and support in mental health is a resource to help NHS, council commissioners and providers of services organise person-centred care based on what people with live experience of mental illness say is important to them.

The resource was co-produced by TLAP and National Voices with people with mental health needs from TLAP’s National Co-production Advisory Group, the National Survivor User Network, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness and Certitude.”

News release: Think Local Act Personal launches new mental health resource Think Local Act Personal launches new mental health resource

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New practical resources to support people who have attempted suicide – Beyond Blue – 21 July 2014

Posted on July 22, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

New practical resources to support people who have attempted suicide – Beyond Blue – 21 July 2014

“beyondblue has launched a new set of practical resources for people recovering from a suicide attempt and their families.

beyondblue and the Hunter Institute of Mental Health created the new resources which feature real-life experiences of people who have attempted suicide or supported loved ones in their recovery.

The three new booklets, proudly funded with donations from the Movember Foundation, include:

Finding your way back- for people who have attempted suicide

Guiding their way back- for people supporting someone after a suicide attempt

Finding our way back, specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (with input from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals).

Unlike previous suicide prevention resources, these booklets include frank accounts and practical advice from people who’ve attempted suicide, and suggestions for families and friends on what they can do to support someone in their recovery.”

… continues on the site

 

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The CentreForum Atlas of Variation. Identifying unwarranted variation across mental health and wellbeing indicators in England – July 2014

Posted on July 16, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

The CentreForum Atlas of Variation. Identifying unwarranted variation across mental health and wellbeing indicators in England – July 2014

 

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Tier 4 Report – NHS England – 10 July 2014

Posted on July 14, 2014. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Tier 4 Report – NHS England – 10 July 2014

NHS England takes action to improve access to specialised mental health services for children and young people – 10 July 2014

“NHS England is taking urgent action to improve access to specialised inpatient mental health services for children and young people after publishing a “frank and honest” report on current provision.

For England as a whole, the report says “it is impossible to conclude definitively whether the current level of bed provision is sufficient to meet the need.”

The report found that the number of NHS-funded child and adolescent mental health services (CAHMS) tier four beds increased from 844 in 1999 to 1128 in 2006, rising further to 1264 in January 2014.

But NHS England also found relative shortages in the South West and areas such as Yorkshire and Humber, resulting in patients being admitted to services a long way from home.”

… continues on the site

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Mental Health Commission: Final Report – CentreForum – July 2014

Posted on July 11, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Mental Health Commission: Final Report – CentreForum – July 2014

“Chaired by former minister for mental health, Paul Burstow MP, the CentreForum Mental Health Commission concludes its 12 month study on the state of wellbeing in England by identifying five key priorities between now and 2020.”

… continues on the site

The pursuit of happiness: a new ambition for our mental health – CentreForum – July 2014

 

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Making Mental Health Count: The Social and Economic Costs of Neglecting Mental Health Care – OECD – 8 July 2014

Posted on July 11, 2014. Filed under: Health Economics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Making Mental Health Count: The Social and Economic Costs of Neglecting Mental Health Care – OECD – 8 July 2014

“Despite the enormous burden that mental ill-health imposes on individuals, their families, society, health systems and the economy, mental health care remains a neglected area of health policy in too many countries. Mental disorders represent a considerable disease burden, and have a significant impact on the lives of the OECD population, and account for considerable direct and indirect costs. This report argues that even in those OECD countries with a long history of deinstitutionalisation, there is still a long way to go to make community-based mental health care that achieves good outcomes for people with severe mental illness a reality. The disproportionate focus on severe mental illness has meant that mild-to-moderate mental illnesses, which makes up the largest burden of disease, have remained overwhelmingly neglected. This book addresses the high cost of mental illness, weaknesses and innovative developments in the organisation of care, changes and future directions for the mental health workforce, the need to develop better indicators for mental health care and quality, and tools for better governance of the mental health system. The high burden of mental ill health and the accompanying costs in terms of reduced quality of life, loss of productivity, and premature mortality, mean that making mental health count for all OECD countries is a priority.”

ISBN : 9789264208445 (PDF) ; 9789264208438 (print)
DOI : 10.1787/9789264208445-en

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Mental Health Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network (MHDNIN) [UK]

Posted on July 8, 2014. Filed under: Health Informatics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Mental Health Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network (MHDNIN)

“The Mental Health Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network (MHDNIN) analyses information and data and turns it into timely meaningful health intelligence for commissioners, policy makers, clinicians and health professionals to improve services, outcomes and reduce the negative impact of mental health, dementia and neurology problems.

The work of MHDNIN complements NHS England’s Strategic Clinical Network and includes mental health and wellbeing, dementia and neurology.

We are creating the MHDNIN to help commissioners, policy makers and clinicians collate information and data on three pathways through health services that affect millions of people in England. This information is also available to the public, service users and their families.”

… continues on the site

Intelligence network for mental health – eHealth Insider – 8 July 2014

“NHS England and Public Health England have launched a new mental health intelligence network to improve access to mental health data and help providers to work more collaboratively.

The Mental Health Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network is hosted by Public Health England and co-sponsored by NHS England.

The network will collect mental health data from 13 different national agencies, including the Department of Health, the Health and Social Care Information Centre, and academic health science networks.

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, NHS England’s national clinical director for mental health, told EHI the launch of network should address concerns about a potential lack of mental health data.”

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Public sector commissioning of local mental health services from the third sector – The Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) – 4 June 2014

Posted on June 25, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Public sector commissioning of local mental health services from the third sector – The Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) – 4 June 2014

“Abstract:

Growing attention has been given to the role of commissioning as part of a policy environment that has emphasised the promotion of greater supplier diversity in the provision of public services, with the public sector acting primarily as ‘system leader’ rather than ‘direct deliverer’. In contrast to earlier policy which referred to procurement of public services, the shift to commissioning offered the hope of a cyclical purchasing process that is grounded in the needs of its population, encourages innovations in service design, sensitively manages a local ‘market’ of suppliers, and can create well integrated, comprehensive services. From a third sector perspective commissioning is viewed, it seems, with a mixture of guarded optimism and concern due to its crucial importance in shaping the nature of the relationship between that part of the sector that delivers services and the state which funds it.

This working paper provides an initial report on research that sets out to discover the realities of commissioning from the perspective of the public sector bodies responsible for its implementation and the third sector organisations who choose to engage with commissioners as part of achieving their missions. Based on a case study service field (mental health) and geographical locality (an urban conurbation in the UK), a survey and series of semi-structured interviews were undertaken with key stakeholders from the public and third sectors to understand the practices of commissioning. Due to the key focus (and often concerns) of third sector organisations on procurement this was explored in particular.

The findings suggest that within, this case study locality and service field, at least the commissioning cycle is not yet in full operation. For both commissioners and TSOs the procurement and contracting elements continue to take precedence. Whilst there is evidence that practice around these elements has changed to some extent (in particular the greater use of contracts rather than grants and more competitive processes), there is also considerable continuity in the importance of personal relations between the commissioner and provider and which organisations receive funding. In contrast with previous studies, many of the TSOs welcomed regular tendering as an opportunity to expand their services and also as it involves the public sector reviewing what they fund. From the perspective of TSOs the public sector can improve its practices through ensuring that its commissioning staff have the skills and experience to undertake these roles, that the organisational processes are undertaken effectively and fairly, and that the different commissioning teams work across the user and service group silos. The tendency of the public sector to undertake whole system (e.g. health) and internal organisational (e.g. social care) changes appear to lead to considerable disruption in the commissioning process and the relationships that underpin it. From the findings of this study commissioning is still to fulfil its expected potential in relation to improving outcomes for people with mental health problems and efficiencies within the system. It is not possible to infer if this is purely a question of commissioning not being implemented thoroughly as yet or if its principles are fundamentally flawed – what is clear is that without the necessary capacity, time and expertise it is unlikely to succeed.”

 

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Youth Mental Health Report – Mission Australia in association with Black Dog Institute – 18 June 2014

Posted on June 18, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Youth Mental Health Report – Mission Australia in association with Black Dog Institute – 18 June 2014

“One in five young Australians are likely to be experiencing mental illness, and less than 40% are comfortable seeking professional help, according to our new report released in partnership with the Black Dog Institute.”

 

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New tool to give people with mental illness better care for their physical health – NHS England – 13 June 2014

Posted on June 17, 2014. Filed under: Health Status, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

New tool to give people with mental illness better care for their physical health – NHS England – 13 June 2014

“The Lester Tool will help frontline staff make assessments of cardiac and metabolic health, helping to cut mortality for people with mental illnesses

NHS England today launches a vital new tool aimed at helping front line staff make key interventions and treatment for people with mental illnesses.

The Lester Tool is a summary poster to guide health workers to assess the cardiometabolic health of people experiencing psychosis and schizophrenia, enabling staff to deliver safe and effective care to improve the physical health of mentally ill people.”

… continues on the site

Lester UK adaptation of the Positive Cardiometabolic Health Resource (CMH-resource) – 2014 update

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Social Determinants of Mental Health – UCL Institute of Health Equity and published by the World Health Organization and the Gulbenkian Foundation – June 2014

Posted on June 17, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Social Determinants of Mental Health – UCL Institute of Health Equity and published by the World Health Organization and the Gulbenkian Foundation – June 2014

“This report was written by the UCL Institute of Health Equity and published by the World Health Organization and the Gulbenkian Foundation.

Its key messages are as follows:

– Mental health and many common mental disorders are shaped to a great extent by the social, economic, and physical environments in which people live.

– Social inequalities are associated with increased risk of many common mental disorders.

– Taking action to improve the conditions of daily life from before birth, during early childhood, at school age, during family building and working ages, and at older ages provides opportunities both to improve population mental health and to reduce the risk of those mental disorders that are associated with social inequalities.

– While comprehensive action across the life course is needed, scientific consensus is considerable that giving every child the best possible start will generate the greatest societal and mental health benefits.

– Action needs to be universal: across the whole of society, and proportionate to need in order to level the social gradient in health outcomes.

– This paper highlights effective actions to reduce risk of mental disorders throughout the life course, at the community level and at the country level. It includes environmental, structural, and local interventions. Such actions to prevent mental disorders are likely to promote mental health in the population.”

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The Bradley Report five years on: An independent review of progress to date and priorities for further development – Centre for Mental Health – 10 June 2014

Posted on June 11, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

The Bradley Report five years on: An independent review of progress to date and priorities for further development – Centre for Mental Health – 10 June 2014

The Bradley Report – April 2009

News release: Five years of solid progress since Bradley Report must be sustained by local and national action, says Independent Commission – 10 June 2014

“The five years since the Bradley Report was published have seen concerted action to improve support for people with mental health problems and those with learning difficulties in the criminal justice system, but this will need to be sustained for at least another five years to put the vision into practice nationwide, says a report published today by Centre for Mental Health.

The Bradley Report five years on is the final report of an independent commission chaired by Lord Bradley to review progress since 2009 and identify priorities for further development.

It finds that the commitment of successive governments to the development of liaison and diversion services in police stations and courts has enabled solid progress to be made in putting these vital services in place across the country. But successful implementation of liaison and diversion will depend on local services offering effective and engaging support to people of all ages who are diverted.

The report looks at what needs to be done to put Lord Bradley’s vision into practice across the country. Plans to extend liaison and diversion services nationwide by 2017 are essential to ensure that people with mental health problems or with learning difficulties are identified as early as possible and given the support they need. They will only be effective, however, if local health, social care, housing and other vital services are able to help people who are diverted, many of whom have multiple and complex needs that existing services have been unable to meet.”

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Valuing every voice, respecting every right: making the case for the Mental Capacity Act [UK] – 10 June 2014

Posted on June 11, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Valuing every voice, respecting every right: making the case for the Mental Capacity Act [UK] – 10 June 2014

The Government’s response to the House of Lords Select Committee Report on the Mental Capacity Act 2005

House of Lords Select Committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005

 

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Risk, Safety and Recovery – Centre for Mental Health & the Mental Health Network NHS Confederation – 6 June 2014

Posted on June 9, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Risk, Safety and Recovery – Centre for Mental Health & the Mental Health Network NHS Confederation – 6 June 2014

News release: Person centred safety planning can help to manage risk and support recovery, new briefing paper shows

“Mental health services can manage risk more effectively by involving service users in planning for safety, says a briefing paper published today by Centre for Mental Health and the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, as part of the Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) programme.

Risk, Safety and Recovery, by Jed Boardman and Glenn Roberts, argues that risk and safety are rightly major concerns in mental health care but that traditional methods of assessing risk have stood in the way of helping people to recover their lives. It argues that jointly produced ‘safety plans’ can be more effective ways of managing risk as well as enabling people to get on with their lives.

Risk, Safety and Recovery shows that ‘person-centred safety planning’ can bring professionals, service users and carers together to manage safety within recovery-supportive relationships. It shows that some NHS trusts have now started to change the way they manage risk and safety by updating their standards, procedures and staff training. And it calls for national leaders, provider organisations, professional bodies and practitioners to support the adoption of person-centred safety planning across the country.”

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Management of suicidal behaviour: a review of evidence for models of care: an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of Health – March 2014

Posted on June 6, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Management of suicidal behaviour: a review of evidence for models of care: an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of Health – March 2014

Matheson SL, Shepherd AM, Carr VJ

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Service user experience in adult mental health – NICE Evidence Update – June 2014

Posted on June 5, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Service user experience in adult mental health – NICE Evidence Update – June 2014

A summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 136 ‘Service user experience in adult mental health: improving the experience of care for people using adult mental health services’ (2011)

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Service models in adult psychiatry – Royal College of Psychiatrists – 29 May 2014

Posted on June 3, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Service models in adult psychiatry – Royal College of Psychiatrists – 29 May 2014

Statement about Service Models in Adult Psychiatry from Royal College of Psychiatrists – 29 May 2014

“Today the Royal College of Psychiatrists issued its report Service models in adult psychiatry. In the report, the College sums up its position on the separation of care between in-patient and community and within the community.

The report states that decisions about the best model of service delivery should be based on evidence that it will deliver better care for patients. Changes proposed should start as a pilot and be evaluated before wide-scale service redevelopment occurs.

Principals underpinning any change should be:

to ensure ease of access by patients to services
the configuration of services should deliver evidence-based treatment
to reduce the risk of poor commitment: continuity of care is important for patients and
patients must not be referred and assessed by different parts of the service before being provided treatment.

The report notes that in many parts of the country a separation of medical responsibility between in-patient and community teams is likely to be required. This is to ensure in-patient services have sufficient senior medical time reflecting the acuity of the illness of current in-patients and the need for daily decision-making on in-patient units.

Notwithstanding the need to have a separation of community from in-patient consultant, continuity of care is key to safe and effective services, and should be provided within a generic community mental health team, the report recommends.

And crisis services, however configured, must be responsive and have access to the resources necessary in terms of including adequate numbers of beds, sufficiently skilled staff, and alternatives to hospital admission to be able to offer safe and timely care.”

 

 

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Accessible Mental Health Services for People with an Intellectual Disability: A Guide for Providers – University of NSW – 2014

Posted on May 30, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Accessible Mental Health Services for People with an Intellectual Disability: A Guide for Providers – University of NSW – 2014

“The Guide is a national framework of understanding and action for frontline mental health service providers with respect to people with an intellectual disability. It provides an overview of intellectual disability mental health, why accessible services are important, the principles that should guide service delivery, practical strategies for inclusive and accessible services, and the implications for the service system. The Guide was developed in consultation with key national stakeholders, and was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

The Guide will assist health services in providing equitable access, a skilled workforce and appropriate treatment to people with an intellectual disability and a mental disorder.”

… continues on the site

 

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Improving the Physical Health of Adults with Serious Mental Illness – RAND Corporation – 2014

Posted on May 30, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Improving the Physical Health of Adults with Serious Mental Illness – RAND Corporation – 2014

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Transition Planning Guidelines for Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health / Alcohol and Other Drugs Services 2014 – NZ Ministry of Health – 29 May 2014

Posted on May 30, 2014. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Transition Planning Guidelines for Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health / Alcohol and Other Drugs Services 2014 – NZ Ministry of Health – 29 May 2014

“This guideline is for district health boards (DHBs) funded infant, child and adolescent mental health (ICAMH), and youth-focused alcohol and other drug (AOD) services. It assists them to develop and implement planning processes for young people who are transitioning from their services.

It has been developed to promote consistent practice across ICAMH/AOD services nationally and to guide services to support young people to transition between services and in-and-out of services based upon their level of need at that time.

To date there has been little research into the benefits of specific models of transition planning. However it is widely acknowledged that processes that enable smooth transitions between services and smooth exits from services are important in supporting recovery and achieving good outcomes for young people accessing these services. Adequate planning is critical in these transitions. Such planning is commonly called ‘discharge planning’ or ‘transition planning’. In these guidelines, we have used the term transition planning because it reflects the intention to ensure a smooth passage into, between, and out of services.”

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Like Minds, Like Mine National Plan 2014-2019 – NZ Ministry of Health – 29 May 2014

Posted on May 30, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Like Minds, Like Mine National Plan 2014-2019 – NZ Ministry of Health – 29 May 2014

“Like Minds, Like Mine is a programme to increase social inclusion and reduce stigma and discrimination for people with experience of mental illness.”

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The Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness in Prisons and Jails: A State Survey [US] – Treatment Advocacy Center – 8 April 2014

Posted on May 30, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

The Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness in Prisons and Jails: A State Survey [US] – Treatment Advocacy Center – 8 April 2014

Extract from the Executive Summary

“Prisons and jails have become America’s “new asylums”: The number of individuals with serious mental illness in prisons and jails now exceeds the number in state psychiatric hospitals tenfold. Most of the mentally ill individuals in prisons and jails would have been treated in the state psychiatric hospitals in the years before the  deinstitutionalization movement led to the closing of the hospitals, a trend that continues even today. The treatment of mentally ill individuals in prisons and jails is critical, especially since such individuals are vulnerable and often abused while incarcerated. Untreated, their psychiatric illness often gets worse, and they leave prison or jail sicker than when they entered. Individuals in prison and jails have a right to receive medical care, and this right pertains to serious mental illness just as it pertains to tuberculosis, diabetes, or hypertension. This right to treatment has been affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness in Prisons and Jails is the first national survey of such treatment practices. It focuses on the problem of treating seriously mentally ill inmates who refuse treatment, usually because they lack awareness of their own illness and do not think they are sick. What are the treatment practices for these individuals in prisons and jails in each state? What are the consequences if such individuals are not treated?

To address these questions, an extensive survey of professionals in state and county corrections systems was undertaken. Sheriffs, jail administrators, and others who were
interviewed for the survey expressed compassion for inmates with mental illness and frustration with the mental health system that is failing them. There were several other points of consensus among those interviewed:”

… continues on the site

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How do managers and leaders in the National Health Service and social care respond to service user involvement in mental health services in both its traditional and emergent forms? The ENSUE study – NHS National Institute for Health Research – April 2014

Posted on May 27, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Patient Participation | Tags: |

How do managers and leaders in the National Health Service and social care respond to service user involvement in mental health services in both its traditional and emergent forms? The ENSUE study – NHS National Institute for Health Research – April 2014

Rose D, Barnes M, Crawford M, Omeni E, MacDonald D, Wilson A. How do managers and leaders in the National Health Service and social care respond to service user involvement in mental health services in both its traditional and emergent forms? The ENSUE study. Health Serv Deliv Res 2014;2(10). DOI 10.3310/hsdr02100

Background: This study set out to measure the extent and perceived impact of service user involvement (SUI) in mental health services and to explore different forms of SUI, both collective and individual. The focus was on service users’ (SUs’) interactions with managers and other key decision-makers in the UK NHS and social care. The theoretical frameworks used were organisational theory and new social movement theory.

Objectives: To explore the impact of service user involvement in mental health on shaping policy agendas and delivery specifically in terms of their impact on key decision-makers.

Design: A mixed-methods design was used.

Setting: The study took place in three NHS foundation trusts (FTs): two metropolitan and one rural.

Methods: The methods included surveys, interviews, ethnographies, case studies and focus groups.

Results: In the first phase of the study, which took the form of surveys, it was found that ‘ordinary’ SUs had a relatively high level of involvement in at least one service domain and that where they were involved they believed this had produced a positive impact on service development and delivery. Likewise a majority of front-line staff encouraged SUI and thought this had a positive impact although social workers were more likely to have directly participated in SUI initiatives than nurses. In the second phase of the study, which used qualitative methods, an ethnography of user-led organisations (ULOs) was conducted, which showed that ULOs were being forced to adapt in an organisational climate of change and complexity, and that decision-makers no longer claimed the high moral ground for working with ULOs, but expected them to work within a system of institutional behavioural norms. This posed many challenges for the ULOs. In phase 2 of the research we also examined the role of SU governors in NHS FTs. We posed the question of whether or not SU governors represented a shift away from more collective forms of organisation to a more individual form. It was found that SU governors, too, had to work within a system of norms deriving from the organisational structure and culture of the NHS, and this impacted on how far they were able to exercise influence. There was also evidence that user governors were beginning to organise collectively. In respect of individual forms of involvement we also attempted to run focus groups of people in receipt of personal budgets but concluded that, as yet, they are not embedded in mental health services.

 

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I am more than one thing: a guiding paper by Imkaan, Positively UK and Rape Crisis England and Wales’ exploring issues around women’s mental health – May 2014

Posted on May 26, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

I am more than one thing: a guiding paper by Imkaan, Positively UK and Rape Crisis England and Wales’ exploring issues around women’s mental health – May 2014

Executive summary

Report

 

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Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice 2nd ed

Posted on May 21, 2014. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice

Editors: Pat Dudgeon, Helen Milroy and Roz Walker

978-0-9775975-3-6

 

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Creating a mentally healthy workplace: Return on investment analysis – pwc, Beyond Blue – 20 March 2014

Posted on May 21, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Workforce | Tags: , |

Creating a mentally healthy workplace: Return on investment analysis – pwc, Beyond Blue – 20 March 2014

“This report outlines the technical background to the return on investment (ROI) analysis for creating a mentally healthy workplace. The aim of this analysis is to estimate the ROI for employers investing in a mentally healthy workplace.”

 

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Helping health and care services manage difficult patient behaviour – Department of Health, England – 3 April 2014

Posted on April 15, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Violence |

Helping health and care services manage difficult patient behaviour – Department of Health, England – 3 April 2014

“There are a range of different approaches that limit an individual’s movement, liberty and/or freedom to act independently. These are called restrictive interventions.

This document provides guidance for adult health and social care staff to develop a culture where restrictive interventions are only ever used as a last resort.

The report identifies actions that will improve people’s quality of life which should then reduce the need for restrictive interventions. It sets out ways to know who is responsible for making these improvements, including effective governance, transparency and monitoring.

The guidance is for commissioners of services, executive directors, frontline staff and all those who care for and support people.”

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Investing in recovery: rethink mental illness: Making the business case for effective interventions for people with schizophrenia and psychosis – London School of Economics and the Centre for Mental Health – 10 April 2014

Posted on April 14, 2014. Filed under: Health Economics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Investing in recovery: rethink mental illness: Making the business case for effective interventions for people with schizophrenia and psychosis – London School of Economics and the Centre for Mental Health – 10 April 2014

Press release: The NHS will pay a high price for short-term mental health cuts – 10 April 2014

 

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Reporting suicide and mental illness: A Mindframe resource for media professionals – 2 April 2014

Posted on April 3, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Reporting suicide and mental illness: A Mindframe resource for media professionals – 2 April 2014

“Media reporting and commenting on suicide and mental illness will be assisted by an improved national guide.

Reporting suicide and mental illness: A Mindframe resource for media professionals is the result of two years of consultation between the media and the mental health and suicide prevention sectors.

Mindframe, funded by the Department of Health, is the national authority on the portrayal of suicide and mental illness in the media, providing education and training for both media and the mental health and suicide prevention sectors.

Key changes to the guide include shorter, clearer advice to support journalists to understand the risks involved when reporting on suicide and mental illness; and new, helpful ways to minimise these risks.

There is clearer guidance on language to avoid stigmatising people living with or developing a mental illness and advice to the media who may be at risk themselves.

There are also new guidelines for the online environment.”

 

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Care and management of younger and older Australians living with dementia and behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia (BPSD) – Australian Senate Community Affairs References Committee – March 2014

Posted on March 27, 2014. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Care and management of younger and older Australians living with dementia and behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia (BPSD) – Australian Senate Community Affairs References Committee – March 2014

ISBN 978-1-74229-944-0

 

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#MHN2014: The future of mental health – NHS Confederation – 26 March 2014

Posted on March 27, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

#MHN2014: The future of mental health – NHS Confederation – 26 March 2014

“What might mental health services look like in ten to 20 years’ time?

Our population demographics are changing. Technology continues to develop at a rapid pace. The recovery movement in mental health continues to grow, as does a focus on integration.

At the same time, demand continues to increase and significant questions are being asked about where future investment in the NHS might come from.

Currently, there is a lack of a sustainable and coherent national plan to tackle these issues.

This paper discusses what these challenges might mean for the future of our nation’s mental health.”

 

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Supporting recovery in mental health services: Quality and Outcomes – Mental Health Network, NHS Confederation – March 2014

Posted on March 13, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Supporting recovery in mental health services: Quality and Outcomes – Mental Health Network, NHS Confederation – March 2014

“The development of mental health services which will support the recovery of those using them, their families, friends and carers is now a central theme in national and international policy. In order to support these developments we need clear, empirically informed statements of what constitutes high-quality services and how these will lead to key recovery outcomes. This paper aims to provide just that.

We hope that these recommendations will provide a useful framework for commissioners and providers within which discussions about quality and outcomes can take place at a local level in a more informed way.”

 

 

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Prevalence of Mental Illness in the United States: Data Sources and Estimates – Congressional Research Service – 28 February 2014

Posted on March 13, 2014. Filed under: Health Status, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Prevalence of Mental Illness in the United States: Data Sources and Estimates – Congressional Research Service – 28 February 2014

by Erin Bagalman, Analyst in Health Policy, Angela Napili, Information Research Specialist

Extract from the Summary:

“Determining how many people have a mental illness can be difficult, and prevalence estimates vary. While numerous surveys include questions related to mental illness, few provide prevalence estimates of diagnosable mental illness (e.g., major depressive disorder as opposed to feeling depressed, or generalized anxiety disorder as opposed to feeling anxious), and fewer still provide national prevalence estimates of diagnosable mental illness. This report briefly describes the methodology and results of three large surveys (funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) that provide national prevalence estimates of diagnosable mental illness : the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A), and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The NCS-R and the NCS-A have the advantage of identifying specific mental illnesses, but they are a decade old. The NSDUH does not identify specific mental illnesses, but it has the advantage of being conducted annually.”

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Crossroads: rethinking the Australian mental health system – ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation – 10 March 2014

Posted on March 13, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Crossroads: rethinking the Australian mental health system – ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation – 10 March 2014

Launched 11 March 2014  –  full text of the report

“Today’s launch of a report into the mental health system in Australia shows an additional cost to the taxpayer of $9b if the structure and emphasis of the current system is maintained.

A collaboration between EY and ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation, Crossroads – Rethinking the Australian Mental Health System demonstrates that Australia urgently needs to evolve the way the mental health system is oriented in this country to be more efficient and avoid becoming economically unsustainable.”

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RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit – 2014

Posted on February 11, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit – 2014

“Evaluating suicide prevention programs can be challenging because suicide is a rare event, data on suicides often lag by several years, and programs tend to have multiple components, making it difficult to discern which characteristics contributed to a given outcome. The RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit was designed to help program staff overcome these common challenges to evaluating and planning improvements to their programs. It begins by walking users through the process of developing a program logic model that ties program activities to intermediate outcomes, helping staff better understand the drivers of any changes in long-term outcomes, such as suicide rates. It then offers information about the latest evaluation research, helps users design an evaluation that is appropriate for their program type and available resources and expertise, supports the selection of measures for new evaluations and to augment or enhance ongoing evaluations, and offers basic guidance on how to analyze and use evaluation data for program improvement. Through checklists, worksheets, and templates, the toolkit takes users step by step through the process of identifying whether their programs produce beneficial effects, ultimately informing the responsible allocation of scarce resources. The toolkit’s design and content are the result of a rigorous, systematic review of the program evaluation literature to identify evaluation approaches, measures, and tools used elsewhere and will be particularly useful to coordinators and directors of suicide prevention programs in the U.S. Department of Defense, Veterans Health Administration, community-based settings, and state and local health departments. A companion report, Development and Pilot Test of the RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit, offers additional background on the toolkit’s design and refinement.”

Development and Pilot Test of the RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit – 2014

“Evaluations are critical for assessing the impact of U.S. Department of Defense investments in suicide prevention and can be used as the basis for decisions about whether to sustain or scale up existing efforts. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury asked RAND to draw from the scientific literature and create a toolkit to guide future evaluations of suicide prevention programs. The resulting toolkit is designed to help program staff determine whether their programs produce beneficial effects and, ultimately, to guide the responsible allocation of scarce resources. This report summarizes the three complementary methods used to develop the RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit: an examination of the peer-reviewed evaluation literature and clinical trials, a review of other evaluation toolkits, and feedback from staff responsible for implementing suicide prevention programs in the Department of Defense. It is intended to serve as both a companion and supplement to the toolkit and offers additional background on its development and testing.”

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Service transformation: Lessons from mental health – The King’s Fund – 4 February 2014

Posted on February 5, 2014. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Service transformation: Lessons from mental health – The King’s Fund – 4 February 2014

” Mental health services have undergone radical transformation in the past 30 years. A community-based care model has largely replaced the acute and long-term care provided in large institutions.

Similar change – from hospital to community-based alternatives – is a long-standing policy objective for physical health care in the United Kingdom. How far the two can be compared has been remarkably under-explored. This paper seeks to correct this by examining the transformation of mental health services in England and the relevance to current policy. Drawing on workshops with those involved in the changes and a review of published literature, the paper explores the context and factors that enabled change to happen in mental health. It includes 10 lessons for service transformation based on these experiences.”

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Review of Existing Mental Health Services and Programmes: Terms of Reference – National Mental Health Commission – 4 February 2014

Posted on February 4, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

 

Review of Existing Mental Health Services and Programmes: Terms of Reference – National Mental Health Commission – 4 February 2014

 

“The Australian Government has assigned the National Mental Health Commission to conduct a national review of mental health services and programmes.

 

This review will examine existing mental health services and programmes across the government, private and non-government sectors. The focus of the review will be to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and services in supporting individuals experiencing mental ill health and their families and other support people to lead a contributing life and to engage productively in the community.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Anti-Social Behaviour and Mental Health – London Councils – 22 January 2014

Posted on January 28, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Anti-Social Behaviour and Mental Health – London Councils – 22 January 2014

“Tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) is a priority for many community safety partnerships in London. ASB is also one of the three priority areas of focus for the London Crime Reduction Board this year. Boroughs have consistently raised the point that a sizable proportion of their ASB cases have a mental health dimension. Preventing and tackling ASB, and supporting people with mental health needs are two important areas of work for local authorities and their partners. Reducing crime and improving community safety are critical to London local government’s role in building and sustaining safe and prosperous communities. A key element of this is preventing and tackling ASB.

London Councils conducted a survey of all heads of community safety in the 32 London local authorities and the City of London exploring the issues and challenges around mental health and ASB, finding out what practical responses are delivering results on the ground and listening to what the professionals feel they need to improve work in this area in the future. Seventeen boroughs responded, of which 15 completed the survey. Data from the 15 boroughs that returned survey responses are used in this report.

Following a brief introduction to each section in this report, the relevant responses from the survey are presented. Examples of borough practice are then presented where available, followed by suggestions from borough heads of community safety for ways forward. The recommendations of this report are largely drawn from these suggestions.”

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London Mental Health: The invisible costs of mental ill health – 22 January 2014

Posted on January 23, 2014. Filed under: Health Economics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

London Mental Health: The invisible costs of mental ill health – 22 January 2014

“Unfortunately, mental ill health remains one of the least understood of all health problems, and stigma stops people from addressing it. It is time London faced up to mental ill health and the effects it has on our community. To that end, the Mayor has developed the report, London Mental Health: The invisible costs of mental ill health.

The report seeks to shed light on the scope and scale of mental ill health in London, to highlight the wider impacts beyond those to health and social care. These wider impacts result in around £26 billion each year in total economic and social costs to London and impact every facet of our community.

Read the report to find out just how much mental illness is affecting London.”

Media release: Action on mental health could help save London up to £26 billion a year

“The scale of mental ill health in London is costing the capital around £26 billion a year, a new report commissioned by the Mayor Boris Johnson has revealed today.

In any given year, an estimated one in four Londoners will experience a diagnosable mental health condition. A third of these will experience two or more conditions at once. According to a Department of Health report, the impact of mental ill health is greater than cancer and cardiovascular disease. It represents around 22.8% of the total, compared to 15.9% and 16.2% respectively.”

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Psychological wellbeing and work: improving service provision and outcomes [UK] – Department for Work & Pensions, Department of Health – 20 January 2014

Posted on January 21, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Workforce |

Psychological wellbeing and work: improving service provision and outcomes [UK] – Department for Work & Pensions, Department of Health – 20 January 2014

Psychological Wellbeing and Work: Improving Service Provision and Outcomes / Christian van Stolk, Joanna Hofman, Marco Hafner,Barbara Janta, RAND Europe

“Detail

This report by RAND Europe explores proposals to improve employment and health outcomes for people with common mental health problems. It was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health through the Cabinet Office’s Contestable Policy Fund.

The report makes a number of recommendations. These include:

using evidence-based models to provide services that combine employment and mental health support
increasing integration between existing treatment and employment services to improve outcomes in both areas
applying evidence-based models in new ways or a using combination of approaches
providing timely access to coordinated treatment and employment support for a greater number of people with common mental health problems

The government is currently considering propsals in the report to improve support for people with common mental health problems and improve integration between employment and health services. These include:

developing the link between psychological therapies and employment support
enhancing support for those out of work to build resilience
providing access to a range of work and wellbeing assessments online, by telephone and face to face”

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Preventing suicide in England: One year on First annual report on the cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives – 17 January 2014

Posted on January 20, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Preventing suicide in England: One year on First annual report on the cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives – 17 January 2014

Information sharing and suicide prevention: consensus statement [UK] – 17 January 2014

Statistical update on suicide [UK] – 17 January 2014

 

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Liaison psychiatry for every acute hospital: integrated mental and physical healthcare – Royal College of Psychiatrists – December 2013

Posted on December 24, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Liaison psychiatry for every acute hospital: integrated mental and physical healthcare – Royal College of Psychiatrists – December 2013

“Liaison psychiatry is a critical service that should be integral to all acute hospitals. Services comprise multidisciplinary teams skilled to integrate mental and physical healthcare in people whose mental health problems arise in, or have an impact on management of, physical illness and symptoms.

The report starts with chapters that summarise existing evidence of need for liaison psychiatry services in all acute hospitals and then provides evidence for the range of problems Addressed, and range of interventions required, to meet core mental health demands in acute hospitals.

Further chapters show case examples that demonstrate the benefit of services; provide detailed considerations for service design, including principle organisational standards, access and response standards, hours of operation, remit and staffing; governance is addressed as a range of clinical and organisational risks and how these can be reduced by liaison psychiatry services are described. Lastly, key considerations required to set local standards for common mental health-related problems that occur in acute hospitals are provided. Each chapter ends with a summary of the key messages.

This report replaces CR118. Psychiatric services to accident and emergency departments from 2004.”

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MiNDbank – WHO – 10 December 2013

Posted on December 18, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

MiNDbank – WHO – 10 December 2013

“WHO MiNDbank is an online platform bringing together country and international resources, covering mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development. It is part of WHO’s QualityRights campaign to end violations against people with mental disabilities. MiNDbank aims to facilitate dialogue, advocacy and research, to promote reform in these areas in line with international human rights and best practice standards.”

Media release: Mental health information at your fingertips – WHO launches the MiNDbank

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Mental health: measuring progress against the strategy – UK – 12 December 2013

Posted on December 13, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Mental health: measuring progress against the strategy – UK – 12 December 2013

“Mental health outcomes information, from a variety of sources, is now being published in one place.

For the first time, information about progress on the objectives of the government’s mental health strategy is brought together and published in one place.

The new mental health dashboard brings together information from a wide range of sources. It shows progress against objectives in the ‘No health without mental health strategy’ and gives a clear, concise picture of mental health outcomes.

The dashboard covers:

mental health services
mental wellbeing of the whole population
physical health of people with mental health problems
people’s experience of care
experience of stigma and discrimination.

The main purpose of the dashboard is to bring together the best information available on mental health to help improve outcomes. It draws on existing, publicly available information and provides links to the original data sources.”

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Mental Health Retrosight: Understanding the returns from research (lessons from schizophrenia): Policy Report – RAND Europe – 28 October 2013

Posted on November 19, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Mental Health Retrosight: Understanding the returns from research (lessons from schizophrenia): Policy Report – RAND Europe – 28 October 2013

“Examines the impacts arising from neuroscience and mental health research over 20-25 years, focusing on schizophrenia. Identifies attributes of the research, researchers or setting associated with translation into patient benefit. Policy report.”

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Barriers to employment: What works for people with mental health problems – Centre for Mental Health [UK] – 3 October 2013

Posted on October 4, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Barriers to employment: What works for people with mental health problems – Centre for Mental Health [UK] – 3 October 2013

“For most of us, having paid work is essential for wellbeing and financial security. But, as this briefing finds, for many people who require some support to get into work, especially those with mental health problems, the right to employment support is not being upheld and numerous barriers remain. The briefing looks at what interventions work as well, where gaps exist in evidence-based interventions as well as some current models of supported employment and urges commissioners and providers of both employment services and health and social care to make support into employment a priority.”

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The College of Social Work publishes new CPD resource for Approved Mental Health Professionals [UK] – 23 September 2013

Posted on September 27, 2013. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Social Work | Tags: , , , |

The College of Social Work publishes new CPD resource for Approved Mental Health Professionals [UK] – 23 September 2013

“The College of Social Work has published a new mapping tool to demonstrate how competencies required by social workers working as Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) meet professional development requirements for regulatory registration.

The tool is designed to enable social worker AMHPs to map their continuing professional development (CPD) targets within The College’s Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) to the standards of proficiency they need to meet for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The PCF mapping document was devised by members of the AMHP leads network together with TCSW and its own AMHP community of interest.”

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Lethal discrimination: why people with mental illness are dying needlessly and what needs to change – Rethink Mental Illness – September 2013

Posted on September 27, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Lethal discrimination: why people with mental illness are dying needlessly and what needs to change – Rethink Mental Illness – September 2013

“OUR KEY FINDINGS
• People with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia die, on average, 20 years earlier than the rest of the population.
• More than 40% of all tobacco is smoked by people with mental illness, but they are less likely to be given support to quit.
• Fewerthan 30%of people with schizophrenia are being given a basic annual physical health check.
• People gain an average of 13lbs in the first two months of taking antipsychotic medication and this continues over the first year. Despite this, in some areas 70% of people in this group are not having their weight monitored.
• Many health professionals are failing to take people with mental illness seriously when they raise concerns about their physical health.”

Rethink campaign – Stop Lethal Discrimination

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Starting Today: The Future Of Mental Health Services – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – 23 September 2013

Posted on September 24, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Starting Today: The Future Of Mental Health Services – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – 23 September 2013

News release: Mental health services must act to avoid sleepwalking into the future

“Today we are publishing the final report from our year-long Inquiry into the future of mental health services. The report, ‘Starting Today’, sets out some key messages as to what mental health services need to do in order to ensure that they are ready to address the mental health needs of the UK population in 20-30 years’ time.

Mental health services are currently straining at the seams. Yet they face even greater pressures in the future, including a growing, and ageing, population; persistently high prevalence rates of mental disorders among adults and children; increasing levels of co-morbid mental and physical health problems; and funding constraints that are likely to last for many years.”

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Mental Illness and Unhappiness – Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science – September 2013

Posted on September 18, 2013. Filed under: Health Status, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Mental Illness and Unhappiness – Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science – September 2013

Dan Chisholm, Richard Layard, Vikram Patel, Shekhar Saxena
Paper No CEPDP1239

“Abstract:

This paper is a contribution to the second World Happiness Report. It makes five main points: 1. Mental health is the biggest single predictor of life-satisfaction. This is so in the UK, Germany and Australia even if mental health is included with a six-year lag. It explains more of the variance of life-satisfaction in the population of a country than physical health does, and much more than unemployment and income do. Income explains 1% of the variance of life-satisfaction or less. 2. Much the most common forms of mental illness are depression and anxiety disorders. Rigorously defined, these affect about 10% of all the world’s population – and prevalence is similar in rich and poor countries. 3. Depression and anxiety are more common during working age than in later life. They account for a high proportion of disability and impose major economic costs and financial losses to governments worldwide. 4. Yet even in rich countries, under a third of people with diagnosable mental illness are in treatment. 5. Cost-effective treatments exist, with recovery rates of 50% or more. In rich countries treatment is likely to have no net cost to the Exchequer due to savings on welfare benefits and lost taxes. But even in poor countries a reasonable level of coverage could be obtained at a cost of under $2 per head of population per year.”

World Happiness Report 2013 – UN

Helliwell, John F., Richard Layard, and Jeffrey Sachs, eds. 2013. World Happiness Report 2013. New York: UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

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Crossing Boundaries – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – September 2013

Posted on September 6, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Crossing Boundaries – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – September 2013

“This report sets out the findings from the Mental Health Foundation’s Inquiry into integrated health care for people with mental health problems. The Inquiry ran from April 2012 to June 2013. Its aim was to identify good practice, generate discussion, and draw up key messages on integrated healthcare for people with mental health problems.”

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Making recovery a reality in your community: A briefing for commissioners of mental health, drug and alcohol services – Alcohol Concern, DrugScope, Centre for Mental Health – August 2013

Posted on August 26, 2013. Filed under: Alcohol & Drug Dep., Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Making recovery a reality in your community: A briefing for commissioners of mental health, drug and alcohol services – Alcohol Concern, DrugScope, Centre for Mental Health – August 2013

Making recovery a reality through integrated mental health, drug and alcohol services – media release – 19 August 2013

“A new briefing on mental health, drug and alcohol services from Centre for Mental Health, Drugscope and Alcohol Concern urges commissioners to tackle the poorly integrated support received by those with overlapping needs.”

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Guidelines for the Management of Conditions Specifically Related to Stress – WHO – August 2013

Posted on August 8, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , , |

Guidelines for the Management of Conditions Specifically Related to Stress – WHO – August 2013

“These WHO mhGAP guidelines were developed to provide recommended management strategies for conditions specifically related to stress, including symptoms of acute stress, post-traumatic stress disorder and bereavement.

The guidelines were developed by an independent Guidelines Development Group and inform a new mhGAP module on the Assessment and Management of Conditions Specifically Related to Stress

Assessment and Management of Conditions Specifically Related to Stress mhGAP Intervention Guide Module – WHO & UNHCR – August 2013

“This new mhGAP module on Conditions Specifically Related to Stress by WHO and UNHCR contains assessment and management advice related to acute stress, post-traumatic stress and grief in non-specialized health settings.

It is an annex to the mhGAP Intervention Guide for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in non-specialized health settings (WHO, 2010).”

mhGAP Intervention Guide for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in non-specialized health settings – WHO – 2010
http://www.who.int/mental_health/publications/mhGAP_intervention_guide/en/index.html

“The mhGAP Intervention Guide (mhGAP-IG) for mental, neurological and substance use disorders for non-specialist health settings, is a technical tool developed by WHO to assist in implementation of mhGAP. The Intervention Guide has been developed through a systematic review of evidence followed by an international consultative and participatory process.

The mhGAP-IG presents integrated management of priority conditions using protocols for clinical decision-making. The priority conditions included are: depression, psychosis, bipolar disorders, epilepsy, developmental and behavioural disorders in children and adolescents, dementia, alcohol use disorders, drug use disorders, self-harm/suicide and other significant emotional or medically unexplained complaints.

The mhGAP-IG is a model guide and has been developed for use by health-care providers working in non-specialized health-care settings after adaptation for national and local needs.”

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Obsessive Hope Disorder – ConNetica – 6 August 2013

Posted on August 6, 2013. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Policy, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Obsessive Hope Disorder – ConNetica – 6 August 2013

“Obsessive Hope Disorder examines mental health reform in Australia since the Richmond Report and Inquiry into Health Services for the Psychiatrically Ill and Developmentally Disabled in 1983 and the report by the then Federal Human Rights Commissioner, Brian Burdekin in 1993.”

… continues

Other links on the report

News report

Project update

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National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses [Canada] – 27 June 2013

Posted on July 5, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses [Canada] – 27 June 2013

“The Mental Health Commission of Canada has released National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses. These guidelines seek to recognize and support family caregivers’ needs and provide evidence-based best practices and advice to policy makers and service providers. They also include recommendations that are intended to improve a caregiver’s capacity to provide the best possible care to adults living with mental illness while maintaining their own wellbeing.”

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Measuring National Well-being – Health, 2013 – Office for National Statistics [UK] – 19 June 2013

Posted on June 21, 2013. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Measuring National Well-being – Health, 2013 – Office for National Statistics [UK] – 19 June 2013

“Abstract

This article analyses by age and other variables two of the current measures of national wellbeing: ‘satisfaction with health’ and ‘evidence of mental ill-health (GHQ)’ and their relationship to well-being. There is also contextual information about other variables related to health which may affect an individual’s well-being. The data used are from Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS) 2010–11.”

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New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016 – Ministry of Health – 27 May 2013

Posted on June 6, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Preventive Healthcare | Tags: |

New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016 – Ministry of Health – 27 May 2013

“Summary

The New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016 outlines a programme of actions that the Government will implement over the next four years. It is a cross-government Action Plan bringing together the work of eight agencies. The Action Plan builds on the previous action plan covering 2008–2012. Both action plans reflect the goals of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006–2016.

The Action Plan includes actions designed to:

address the impact of suicide on families, whānau and communities by strengthening support for family, whānau and communities
build the evidence base, specifically around what works for Māori and Pasifika
extend existing services, specifically addressing geographical gaps in the coverage of services
strengthen suicide prevention targeted to high risk populations who are in contact with agencies.”

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Mental Health Surveillance Among Children in the United States – 2005-2011 – CDC – 16 May 2013

Posted on May 17, 2013. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Mental Health Surveillance Among Children in the United States – 2005-2011 – CDC – 16 May 2013

CDC issues first comprehensive report on children’s mental health in the United States

Report is an important step to better understand childhood mental disorders and help children reach their full potential in life

Children’s mental disorders affect boys and girls of all ages, ethnic/racial backgrounds, and regions of the United States.  Previous studies estimate up to 1 in 5 children have mental disorder and a new CDC MMWR Supplement finds that millions of American children live with depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome or a host of other mental health issues. The MMWR Supplement titled, “Mental Health Surveillance Among Children in the United States, 2005-2011,” is the first-ever report to describe federal efforts on monitoring mental disorders, and presents estimates of the number of children aged 3-17 years with specific mental disorders, compiling information from different data sources covering the period of 2005-2011.”

… continues

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Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing Report [UK] – 10 May 2013

Posted on May 14, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing Report [UK] – 10 May 2013

News: Met Police must improve response to people with mental health problems

 

 

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Improving workforce planning for the psychological therapies workforce – Centre for Workforce Intelligence [UK] – April 2013

Posted on April 10, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Workforce | Tags: , |

Improving workforce planning for the psychological therapies workforce – Centre for Workforce Intelligence [UK] – April 2013

“The Department of Health (DH) commissioned the CfWI to undertake a review of the workforce delivering adult psychological therapies to the NHS in England, with a specific focus on non-IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services.

The aims of the psychological therapies workforce review are to:

Gain a clearer understanding of the difficulties in planning for the psychological therapies workforce.
Gather information on current and potential sources of information on the psychological therapies workforce.”

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Smoking and mental health – Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Psychiatrists – 29 March 2013

Posted on April 3, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , , |

Smoking and mental health – Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Psychiatrists – 29 March 2013

“A major new report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) says that smoking in people with mental disorders is neglected by the NHS. Smoking and mental health says that much of the substantially lower life expectancy of people with mental disorders relates to smoking, which is often overlooked during the management and treatment of their mental health condition.

One in three of the UK’s 10 million current smokers has a mental disorder. Although 20% of the general population smokes, the figure among people with mental health disorders is 40%, and is even higher in those with more severe mental disorders. Those with mental disorders also smoke more cigarettes, are more addicted to nicotine, and find it harder to quit, than those without.”

… continues on the site

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Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury: Model Study Protocols and Frameworks to Advance the State of the Science – Institute of Medicine Workshop Summary – 29 March 2013

Posted on April 2, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Neurology | Tags: , , , |

Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury: Model Study Protocols and Frameworks to Advance the State of the Science – Institute of Medicine Workshop Summary – 29 March 2013

“The 2011 IOM report, Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury: Evaluating the Evidence, assessed the evidence for the effectiveness of using cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) to treat people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). As the signature wound of the American military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, TBI has increasingly gained attention over the past 15 years. As one form of treatment for TBI, CRT is a systematic, goal-oriented approach to helping patients overcome cognitive impairments. The 2011 IOM report’s conclusions revolved around the fact that there is little continuity among research studies of the effectiveness of different types of CRT, and there exist only small amounts of evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of using CRT to treat TBI, though the small amount of evidence generally indicates that CRT interventions have some effectiveness.

In October 2012, the IOM held a workshop to discuss the barriers for evaluating the effectiveness of CRT care and for identifying suggested taxonomy, terminology, timing, and ways forward for CRT research. This document summarizes the workshop.”

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Whole-Person Care: From Rhetoric to Reality – Royal College of Psychiatrists – 26 March 2013

Posted on March 27, 2013. Filed under: Health Economics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Whole-Person Care: From Rhetoric to Reality – Royal College of Psychiatrists – 26 March 2013

“A major report demonstrating how parity between mental and physical health can be achieved is published today (26 March) by the Royal College of Psychiatrists – the week before new NHS structures come into force.

The report, Whole-Person Care: From Rhetoric to Reality, defines parity as valuing mental health equally with physical health. It highlights the significant inequalities that exist between physical and mental health care, including preventable premature deaths, lower treatment rates for mental health conditions and an underfunding of mental healthcare relative to the scale and impact of mental health problems.

It also highlights the strong relationship between mental health and physical health. Poor mental health is associated with a greater risk of physical health problems, and poor physical health is associated with a greater risk of mental health problems.”

continues on the site

Whole-Person Care: From Rhetoric to Reality (achieving parity between mental and physical health)

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What about the children? Joint working between adult and children’s services when parents or carers have mental ill health and/or drug and alcohol problems – Ofsted – 25 March 2013

Posted on March 26, 2013. Filed under: Alcohol & Drug Dep., Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

What about the children? Joint working between adult and children’s services when parents or carers have mental ill health and/or drug and alcohol problems – Ofsted – 25 March 2013

Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills [UK]

“This thematic inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission explored how well adult mental health services and drug and alcohol services considered the impact on children when their parents or carers had mental ill health and/or drug and alcohol problems; and how effectively adult and children’s services worked together to ensure that children affected by their parents’ or carers’ difficulties were supported and safe. The report draws on evidence from cases in nine local authorities and partner agencies and from the views of parents, carers, children, practitioners and managers. Please note that where references are made to ‘children’ in general terms in this report, this refers to children and young people up to the age of 18 years.”

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Working with Schizophrenia: Pathways to employment, recovery and inclusion – The Work Foundation – 11 February 2013

Posted on February 22, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Working with Schizophrenia: Pathways to employment, recovery and inclusion – The Work Foundation – 11 February 2013

“Even though most people with schizophrenia are willing and able to work, this group encounters one of the lowest employment rates among all disadvantaged groups. Only 8% of people with schizophrenia are currently in employment.  The report examines the impact of schizophrenia on an individual’s ability to enter or remain in the labour market, outlining how such barriers can be addressed by policymakers, employers, healthcare professionals as well as those with the condition and their carers. 

The report captures:
• the impact of schizophrenia, including quality of life and work capacity;
• societal attitudes that aid or prevent employment opportunities;
• interventions that may help improve labour market participation;
• policy recommendations.”

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Safer mental health services: a self-assessment toolkit – Centre for Mental Health and Risk [UK]

Posted on February 22, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Patient Safety |

Safer mental health services: a self-assessment toolkit – Centre for Mental Health and Risk [UK]

“National Confidential Inquiry toolkits

Based the Inquiry’s research findings, our toolkits provide practical steps that health professionals and managers can take to help improve service safety and reduce risk.

With this online toolkit, mental health care providers can self-assess their local services and individual practice against key Inquiry recommendations.

These recommendations are based on the work that the Inquiry has carried out over the last decade. We want to stress that this toolkit is for the benefit of those who use it and we do not expect you to send us the results.”

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Suicide Data Report, 2012 – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – 1 February 2013

Posted on February 21, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Suicide Data Report, 2012 –  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – 1 February 2013

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Development of a prototype Australian mental health intervention classification: a working paper- AIHW – 19 Feb 2013

Posted on February 20, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Development of a prototype Australian mental health intervention classification: a working paper- AIHW – 19 Feb 2013

ISBN 978-1-74249-401-2; Cat. no. HSE 130; 129pp

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Are our policies and laws leading to treatment delays for people with schizophrenia? – Deeble Institute – 14 February 2013

Posted on February 14, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Are our policies and laws leading to treatment delays for people with schizophrenia?  – Deeble Institute – 14 February 2013

Deeble Institute – Ms Sandra L Matheson, Ms Alana M. Shepherd, Prof Vaughan J. Carr, Dr Anne-marie Boxall and Mr Krister H. Partel

“Under Australian mental health laws, an Obligatory Dangerousness Criterion is used as the means by which patients are assessed for the appropriateness of involuntary (compulsory) treatment. While developed to balance the rights of the mentally ill with the need to protect the public, some experts have begun to raise questions about its utility.”

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Interventions to Reduce Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination: A Literature Review to Guide Evaluation of California’s Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative – RAND – 2012

Posted on January 3, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Interventions to Reduce Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination: A Literature Review to Guide Evaluation of California’s Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative – RAND – 2012

by Rebecca L. Collins, Eunice C. Wong, Jennifer L. Cerully, Dana Schultz, Nicole K. Eberhart

“A number of programs aim to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness, and they can include a variety of components such as training, education, media campaigns, and contact with people with mental illness. Stigma and discrimination reduction activities are evaluated in this report, using evidence from an extensive literature review. Specific areas reviewed include relevant theories of stigma and prejudice reduction, what is and is not known about the effectiveness of various approaches to reducing the stigma of mental illness, the kinds of methodologies previously used in evaluating these approaches, and the methodologies that should be employed in the future. The authors also introduce a conceptual model of mental health stigma reduction based on a variety of existing theories and evidence.”

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Interventions to Prevent Suicide: A Literature Review to Guide Evaluation of California’s Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative – RAND – 2012

Posted on January 3, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Preventive Healthcare | Tags: , |

Interventions to Prevent Suicide: A Literature Review to Guide Evaluation of California’s Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative – RAND – 2012

by Joie Acosta, Rajeev Ramchand, Lisa H. Jaycox, Amariah Becker, Nicole K. Eberhart

“A number of prevention and early intervention initiatives aim to reduce the incidence of suicide, and the authors evaluate these initiatives by reviewing suicide prevention (SP) literature to learn about SP program effectiveness and the methodologies previously used to evaluate SP programs. Using evidence from the literature review, they provide an overview of the epidemiology of suicides and of non-fatal self-inflicted injuries in California and present a framework for conceptualizing SP programs. They find that identifying whether a SP program was effective at reducing suicide deaths is challenging because suicide is such a rare event. They also find that programs may have differential effects on population subgroups, because suicide rates differ by age, race, and gender. Finally, they determine that SP programs may show immediate reductions in suicide attempts but their long-term effects are uncertain.”

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Promoting Mental Health through Healthy Eating and Nutritional Care – Dietitians of Canada – December 2012

Posted on January 3, 2013. Filed under: Dietetics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Promoting Mental Health through Healthy Eating and Nutritional Care – Dietitians of Canada – December 2012

Davison KM, Ng E, Chandrasekera U, Seely C, Cairns J, Mailhot-Hall L, Sengmueller E, Jaques M, Palmer J,  Grant-Moore J for Dietitians of Canada. Promoting Mental Health through Healthy Eating and Nutritional Care. Toronto: Dietitians of Canada, 2012.

“Dietitians of Canada is proud to release this new role paper, Promoting Mental Health through Healthy Eating and Nutritional Care 4, a comprehensive document discussing intersections of nutrition with mental health, from promotion to nutrition care and therapeutic approaches. We believe dietitians will continue to play an important role in mental health promotion and care, supporting Canada’s mental health strategy in its strategic directions as outlined by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, helping people to find the right combination of services, treatments and supports.”

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Denial of rights: the need to improve accommodation and support for people with psychiatric disability – Ombudsman, NSW – 29 November 2012

Posted on December 3, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Denial of rights: the need to improve accommodation and support for people with psychiatric disability – Ombudsman, NSW – 29 November 2012

“The NSW Ombudsman today tabled a special report to Parliament on the need for improved support of people with psychiatric disability. The report follows our inquiry into the access of people in mental health facilities to accommodation and support services under the Disability Services Act 1993. As part of our inquiry, we reviewed the files of 95 people in 11 mental health facilities across NSW, gained independent expert clinical advice, and consulted with almost 300 people across the mental health and disability sectors.

Our report points to the need for significant work to be done to uphold the right of people with psychiatric disability to live in the community, to receive treatment in the least restrictive environment possible, and to have fair access to disability support. We have emphasised the importance of a joint, coordinated and collaborative approach between the mental health and disability sectors, and have made 11 recommendations aimed at achieving reform in this area.”

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Our Report Card: A Contributing Life: the 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – National Mental Health Commission – 27 November 2012

Posted on November 27, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Our Report Card: A Contributing Life: the 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – National Mental Health Commission – 27 November 2012

“This first Report Card casts an independent eye over how we as a nation support the estimated 3.2 million Australians each year who live with a mental health difficulty, their families and support people, and how we provide and co-ordinate the services they need.”

Media release:

“Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, has said that Australia can improve the lives of millions of Australians if the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers –through COAG – reaffirm their commitment to mental health and have the courage to respond tenaciously to the first national report card into mental health and suicide prevention.”

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Liaison psychiatry – the way ahead – NHS Confederation – 8 November 2012

Posted on November 21, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Liaison psychiatry – the way ahead – NHS Confederation – 8 November 2012

“This briefing sets out the findings of a report that details a study of liaison psychiatry services. It was commissioned by the NHS Confederation on behalf of the SHA mental health leads, and written by the Centre for Mental Health.

The study set out to identify how liaison psychiatry can most effectively contribute to the Government’s quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) challenge of improving health outcomes while also reducing healthcare costs.

It is based on case studies of five established liaison psychiatry services around the country, a review of published research and discussions with academic and other experts.”

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Review of the admission or referral to and the discharge and transfer practices of public mental health facilities / services in Western Australia – November 2012

Posted on November 15, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Review of the admission or referral to and the discharge and transfer practices of public mental health facilities / services in Western Australia – November 2012

By Professor Bryant Stokes, AM

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The Abandoned Illness: a report by the Schizophrenia Commission [UK] – November 2012

Posted on November 15, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

The Abandoned Illness: a report by the Schizophrenia Commission [UK] – November 2012

“The Schizophrenia Commission was established in November 2011 by Rethink Mental Illness. The independent Commission was made up of 14 experts who have worked together to review how outcomes for people with schizophrenia and psychosis can be improved and it was chaired by the eminent psychiatrist, Professor Sir Robin Murray.

The Commission ran six formal evidence gathering sessions involving over 80 experts, including people who have lived with schizophrenia or psychosis, family members and carers, health and social care practitioners and researchers. 2,500 people responded to the Commission’s survey online. The Commissioners also visited services across England and drew upon relevant published research literature.

They focused, in particular, on the delivery of adult mental health services but did also consider the impact on young people, those within the criminal justice system, the homeless and those with co-morbid problems such as substance misuse as well as the role of prevention and community development for building an emotionally resilient and healthy society.”

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Next Steps in Developing a Payment Mechanism for Mental Health. Discussion Paper – Healthcare Financial Management Association is (HFMA) – 23 October 2012

Posted on October 24, 2012. Filed under: Health Economics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Next Steps in Developing a Payment Mechanism for Mental Health. Discussion Paper – Healthcare Financial Management Association is (HFMA) – 23 October 2012

“Purpose

This document sets out the position of MH FINANCE, the HFMA’s Mental Health Faculty, in relation to a future payment mechanism that supports the successful implementation of Payment by Results (PbR) for mental health services. This position has been reached in association with Mental Health Faculty members and has been informed by discussions with the Department of Health Payment by Results (PbR) Team and the National Mental Health PbR Programme Team. It sets out the Faculty’s view as to the key steps and requirements needed to develop the next stage of the implementation of PbR in 2013/14. The HFMA’s Mental Health Faculty will support the Department of Health in taking forward and implementing these proposals.”

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Planning for the future psychological therapies workforce – Centre for Workforce Intelligence [UK] – 17 October 2012

Posted on October 18, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Workforce | Tags: |

Planning for the future psychological therapies workforce – Centre for Workforce Intelligence [UK] – 17 October 2012

“A flyer outlining why the psychological therapies workforce matters and how the CfWI is helping to plan for its future.

Access to the right therapy at the right time can help towards reducing distress symptoms and the risk of harm to the individual or others, and can have a positive impact on a person’s life. It can help people better manage their condition and, in many cases, enable a full recovery.

Effective workforce planning across the wide range of organisations commissioning and delivering psychological therapies – and those responsible for training and development – is crucial for the future development of the workforce.”

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A new Mental Health Discharge Summary – Royal College of Psychiatrists – 5 October 2012

Posted on October 16, 2012. Filed under: General Practice, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

A new Mental Health Discharge Summary – Royal College of Psychiatrists – 5 October 2012

“A new Mental Health Discharge Summary has been developed to help standardise the information that GPs receive when a patient is discharged from in-patient mental health care.

Over the years GPs, patients and carers have expressed concerns that information received has been inconsistent or too detailed. This can lead to poor patient care. To meet this need, standards and summaries have been designed to provide useful, succinct information to help doctors improve the continuity of care.

The Summary has been developed in collaboration between the Royal Colleges of Psychiatrists, General Practitioners and Physicians and facilitated through the Department of Health Informatics Directorate’s Clinical Data Standards Assurance team.

This work builds on the headings that were developed by the Royal College of Physicians and approved by the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges in 2008. The Summary incorporates feedback from clinicians, patients, suppliers and health and social care representatives to ensure it meets the needs of GPs and their patients who have received in-patient mental health care.

The Summary will now be implemented at a number of Mental Health Trusts, including the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. You can view the Summary

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Mental health services in brief 2012 – AIHW – 10 October 2012

Posted on October 16, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Mental health services in brief 2012 – AIHW – 10 October 2012

“Mental health services in Australia – in brief 2012 provides an overview of the national response to the mental health needs of Australians. It includes information on mental health service provision, available mental health resources and the changes that have occurred in these over time. The publication compliments the more comprehensive data that is available online at Mental health services in Australia http://mhsa.aihw.gov.au.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-353-4; Cat. no. HSE 125; 40pp

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Peer Support in Long Term Conditions: the Basics – Mental Health Foundation – 27 September 2012

Posted on October 5, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Peer Support in Long Term Conditions: the Basics – Mental Health Foundation – 27 September 2012

“Organisations delivering or planning to deliver peer support for people with long term conditions will be able to find out more about its benefits and good practice thanks to a new guidance by the Mental Health Foundation Peer Support in Long Term Conditions: the Basics.

The guidance was generated following a research project undertaken from 2010 to 2011. The research found that peer support activity for people with long term conditions across Scotland had a positive impact on people’s emotional and physical health but that access to such services was inconsistent. Support services also reported some challenges to integrate with statutory services and felt they often lacked credibility in the eyes of potential referrers including clinicians and beneficiaries.”

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Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery

Posted on September 27, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery

“ASCA’s Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery present the collective wisdom of the last two decades of national and international research in the trauma field. They are poised to revolutionise possibilities for recovery for the large numbers of people with unresolved “complex trauma” – child abuse in all its forms, neglect, family and community violence and other adverse childhood events.”

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Behavioral Health Roundtable: Using Information Technology to Integrate Behavioral Health and Primary Care – Office of the National Coordinator for Information Technology – September 2012

Posted on September 27, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Health Informatics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Primary Hlth Care | Tags: |

Behavioral Health Roundtable: Using Information Technology to Integrate Behavioral Health and Primary Care – Office of the National Coordinator for Information Technology – September 2012

Extract from the introduction:

“The burden of behavioral health conditions (including mental illness and substance use disorders) in the United States remains great. Consider the prevalence and treatment of mental illness. By 2009, almost 20 percent of adults in the United States had suffered from a mental health condition at some point in their lives. Mental illness is a source of significant comorbidity in the chronically ill, particularly for patients with diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Diabetes patients, for instance, are twice as likely to suffer from depression as the general population. Mental illness is also associated with higher rates of substance abuse. In 2010, approximately 23 million people ages 12-64 reported symptoms of substance use disorders, while only 11 percent received treatment at a specialty facility. Moreover, a substantial volume of behavioral health care is delivered in primary care settings. General and internal medicine physicians cared for 34 percent of patients with a primary mental health diagnosis in 2008 alone. Given the burden of illness and the volume of behavioral health care delivered in primary care settings, better integration between behavioral health and primary care is needed.

Health information technology (health IT), including electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), health information exchange (HIE), mobile health, and other technologies that support health and wellness are key enablers of this integration. However, behavioral health clinicians currently have limited adoption of interoperable information systems. In a recent study, just over 20 percent of 505 behavioral health organizations surveyed indicated that they had fully adopted an EHR. Behavioral health organizations cited as barriers to EHR adoption concerns over initial productivity losses, lack of qualified IT and project management staff, provider resistance, and privacy laws.”

… continues

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National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action. A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General and of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention – 2012

Posted on September 13, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action. A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General and of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention – 2012

“The 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (the National Strategy) is the result of a joint effort by the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance).

The National Strategy is a call to action that is intended to guide suicide prevention actions in the United States over the next decade. It outlines four strategic directions with 13 goals and 60 objectives that are meant to work together in a synergistic way to prevent suicide in the nation.”

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Maternal mental health pathway aims to provide a structured approach [UK] – 9 August 2012

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Obstetrics |

Maternal mental health pathway aims to provide a structured approach [UK] – 9 August 2012

“New guidance provides a structured approach on common issues associated with maternal mental health and wellbeing, from pregnancy through the early months after the birth.

The Maternal mental health pathway, focuses on the role of the health visitor but also recognises the essential contributions of partners in midwifery, mental health, general practice and third sector, and also supports professional practice.”

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Suicide Facts: Deaths and intentional self-harm hospitalisations 2010 – NZ Ministry of Health – 15 August 2012

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Suicide Facts: Deaths and intentional self-harm hospitalisations 2010 – NZ Ministry of Health – 15 August 2012

“The publication focuses on deaths and hospitalisations in 2010 and also contains time-trend analyses of suicide deaths from 1948 and intentional self-harm hospitalisations from 1996.”

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Eating disorders to be more accurately reported – AHHA – 22 August 2012

Posted on August 23, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Eating disorders to be more accurately reported – AHHA – 22 August 2012

“Spokesperson: Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform, The Hon Mark Butler MP

“The Australian media will now be armed with a quick reference guide to more accurately and sensitively report on eating disorders and mental illness.

Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler today launched the new Mindframe quick reference guide – developed in collaboration with eating disorder specialists and media professionals.

Mr Butler said the Mindframe National Media Initiative (Mindframe) provided a valuable opportunity to help break down the stigma surrounding eating disorders.”

… continues on the AHHA site

Mindframe resources are available online

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RACGP launches GP Psych website – eHealthSpace – 16 August 2012

Posted on August 21, 2012. Filed under: General Practice, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

RACGP launches GP Psych website – 16 August 2012

“The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has launched a revamped website for GPs needing specialist psychiatric advice on behalf of patients.

Advice is delivered to GPs within 24 hours of their request.

The initiative is funded by the Department of Health and Ageing as part of its Better Outcomes in Mental Health program.”

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Costs of eating disorders in England: Economic impacts of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other disorders, focussing on young people – beat – beating eating disorders – 31 July 2012

Posted on August 2, 2012. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Dietetics, Health Economics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Costs of eating disorders in England: Economic impacts of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other disorders, focussing on young people – beat – beating eating disorders – 31 July 2012

“A newly released report carried out for Beat by a volunteer economist from the charity Pro Bono Economics (PBE) has found an overall estimated cost of £1.26billion per year to the English economy from eating disorders – and could be much higher.

The report sought to form a comprehensive view of the overall costs to society of eating disorders in England, especially amongst young people, and the costs to the NHS, employers and employees.

The report, by economist John Henderson volunteering with PBE, reveals overall healthcare costs estimated at £80-£100m, costs of reduced  GDP up to £2.9bn, and costs of reduced length of life and health up to £6.6bn.

With mental ill health representing up to 23% of the total burden of ill health in the UK, and estimated to double over the next 20 years, the findings of the report demonstrate the severity of the impact of eating disorders on society at large.

Beat has long campaigned for early intervention – “Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders” said Chief Executive Susan Ringwood. “It is vital that the individual is able to access the right specialist treatment as early as possible. Young lives are being disrupted at crucial stages in their development with loss of education, hindering career prospects and premature death. This report clearly demonstrates that healthcare costs would be better spent earlier to stop the effects on sufferers, their family and the community”. ”

… continues on the site

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No Health Without Mental Health: implementation framework. Briefing – Mental Health Network, NHS Confederation – July 2012

Posted on August 1, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

No Health Without Mental Health: implementation framework. Briefing – Mental Health Network, NHS Confederation – July 2012

“In February 2011 the Government published No Health Without Mental Health, its cross-government, all-age strategy for mental health in England.1 The NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network (MHN), on behalf of its members, was heavily involved in the development of the strategy. We welcomed the vision it set out to improve outcomes for mental health service users and promote positive mental health and wellbeing amongst the whole population. Delivering the improvements the strategy aims for will be a key test of the Government’s wider reform programme.

The implementation framework has been developed jointly by the Department of Health, the MHN, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Turning Point and the Centre for Mental Health. The framework has three central aims. Firstly, it sets out how progress will be monitored through outcomes, and how the range of outcome measures currently available will be built upon in future. Secondly, and most importantly, it makes a series of recommendations for local and regional organisations to take forward. Thirdly, it details a series of national commitments to support implementation.

This Briefing provides an overview of the framework, focusing on those areas that are most relevant to providers of NHS mental health services.”

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myCompass – interactive self-help internet site that aims to promote resilience and wellbeing for all Australians – launched 23 July 2012

Posted on July 23, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , , |

myCompass – interactive self-help internet site that aims to promote resilience and wellbeing for all Australians – launched 23 July 2012

Media release on the launch:

“Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler today launched a new online mental health tool designed to support people living with a mental health issue such as anxiety or depression.

Developed by a team of health professionals at the Black Dog Institute, and funded by the Australian Government, myCompass is an online tool that assesses user symptoms, then provides a personalised support program.

The interactive program includes online psychological tools, round-the-clock monitoring of moods and behaviours and motivational tips via email and SMS.

The tool is part of the Government’s recently launched e-mental health strategy.”

… continues

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