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A blog as therapy for teenagers
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In the days before the instantly pinged "OMG Where R U?," the first words many teenagers composed during their fretful moments were "Dear Diary." After several paragraphs of spewing onto paper adolescent angst about cafeteria slights, unreciprocated crushes and oversize thighs, the diarist often felt better. Research has long backed the therapeutic value of diary keeping for teenage girls and boys. But according to a new study, when teenagers detail their woes onto a blog, the therapeutic value is even greater. Blogging, it seems, can be good for you. More

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Working long hours doubles depression odds
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Working long hours appears to substantially increase a person's risk of becoming depressed, regardless of how stressful the actual work is, a new study suggests. The study found that workers who put in an average of at least 11 hours per day at the office had roughly 2 1/2 times higher odds of developing depression than their colleagues who clocked out after seven or eight hours. The link between long workdays and depression persisted even after the researchers took into account factors such as job strain, the level of support in the workplace, alcohol use, smoking and chronic physical diseases. More

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Best friends provide buffers in bad times
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The presence of a best friend directly affects children going through negative experiences, according to new research from Concordia University. "Having a best friend present during an unpleasant event has an immediate impact on a child's body and mind," said co-author William M. Bukowski, Ph.D. Although previous studies have shown that friendships can protect against later adjustment difficulties, this study is the first to demonstrate that the presence of a friend results in an immediate benefit. More

US soldiers face host of mental health issues
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U.S. military personnel and veterans are plagued by substance abuse, depression and suicide, three new studies indicate. In one study, researchers surveyed nearly 600 veterans returning from war zone deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan, and found that they were at increased risk for mental health problems and alcohol and drug abuse. Veterans returning from Iraq reported more depression or functioning problems and more alcohol and drug use than those returning from Afghanistan. Army and Marine veterans reported worse mental and physical health than Air Force or Navy veterans. More




California Assembly bills expand mental health coverage
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The California Assembly passed a set of bills intended to broaden the mental health and healthcare services covered by private insurance plans. Lawmakers approved AB154, which would require insurers to cover the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses, and AB171 for coverage of developmental disorders such as autism. More

Connecticut pays high price for incarcerating people with mental illness
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Spurred by a new study showing the high costs of treating people with a mental illness in prison, Connecticut's governor is searching for ways to treat nonviolent offenders outside the prison system. It costs Connecticut nearly double to both incarcerate and treat an offender with serious mental illnesses, compared with the price of treatment alone, according to a new academic study that analyzed social service and correction trends in 2006-2007. More

Massachusetts DMH to close state hospital
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The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health informed members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United of its plan to close Taunton State Hospital, one of six state operated mental health facilities in the state to care for people suffering from acute and chronic mental illness. The announcement will result in the loss of more than 169 beds to a mental health system in Massachusetts. More

Medicaid changes being felt in Athens, Ohio, mental health community
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Care providers in Athens, Ohio, are noticing the impact that the state's Medicaid changes have had on clients, and are concerned about the consequences that a reduction in care for individuals suffering from mental illness will have on the community. "We're worried it might mean that some of those people that might need more support might not be able to get it, and ... it might lead to more psychiatric hospitalizations," said George Weigly, CEO of Tri-County Mental Health and Counseling. More

Pilot training launched to administer mental health first aid in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you see a man on the street bleeding, you might apply pressure to his wound if you know what you're doing, or call an ambulance if you know that you don't. How about if you see a woman panicking, or mumbling incoherently? "Most people don't have a clue what to do," said Arthur C. Evans, Philadelphia's director of behavioral health, who rolled out a mental health first aid campaign. The new, pilot training program aims to eventually put thousands of volunteers on the street, invisible but prepared. In much the same way, traditional first aid has provided an emergency safety net for decades. More
   

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