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USPRA Recovery Update
Education and inspiration: The USPRA Annual Conference is a valuable experience
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Take a step away from your intense daily routine to refocus on the "big picture" of psychiatric rehabilitation. The USPRA Annual Conference is an opportunity for you to recharge by attending top-notch education sessions and spending time with your fellow members of the psychiatric rehabilitation community. Take advantage of in-depth psychiatric rehabilitation training that will enable you to enhance your professional performance, expand your knowledge of the field, and ultimately better serve your community. The Annual Conference is also a unique chance for you to make connections, share experiences and learn from a community that is committed to helping individuals with mental illness recover to achieve successful and satisfying lives in the working, learning and social environments of their choice. Don't miss it — register today.


Mental healthcare assessed at all VA hospitals
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is auditing its 152 medical centers to see whether they meet the mental healthcare needs of veterans, VA Undersecretary of Health Dr. Robert Petzel said. VA officials are conducting site visits to all their hospitals, reviewing staffing levels, job vacancy rates and productivity levels, Petzel said. "Providing good access — not adequate, [but] good, excellent access — is our No. 1 priority," Petzel said. More

Adults with mental illness at higher risk of violence
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New research found that adults with a mental illness are nearly four times more likely to be a victim of violence as those without a disability. The findings come from a meta-analysis of 26 studies on violence against disabled adults, involving more than 21,500 people. Overall, disabled adults were found to be 1 1/2 times more likely to be a victim of violence than adults without a disability, while around 1 in 4 adults with a mental illness had experienced violence in the past year. More

Computers boost brain power in MS, mental illness
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Computer training is showing promise in improving cognitive abilities in patients with conditions as disparate as schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis, researchers reported. After 16 weeks of intensive targeted treatment, patients with schizophrenia were significantly better able to identify words they had generated themselves from those supplied by others, according to researchers. This ability to discern stimuli as originating from oneself versus from outside sources is a key deficit in schizophrenia, and the improvement seen in these patients "raises the exciting likelihood that the neural impairments in schizophrenia are not immutably fixed." More

Young blacks less likely to seek mental healthcare
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Young adult black Americans, especially those with higher levels of education, are much less likely than their white counterparts to seek mental health services, a new study finds. Reasons for this reluctance may include shame and a lack of knowledge and trust among patients, and a lack of cultural understanding among caregivers, according to the study. The analysis also revealed that whites who previously used mental health services were more likely to receive additional mental health services, but the opposite was true for blacks. More

Migraines linked to depression in women
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According to a new study, women with a history of migraines are up to 41 percent more likely to develop depression than their migraine-free counterparts. "Our study shows that migraine is a potential risk factor for depression," said study author Dr. Tobias Kurth. "If you have a chronic intermittent pain condition, you may be more likely to develop depressive symptoms or even depression because you're so bothered by the pain. And it's also possible the conditions share similar pathophysiological features in the brain." More

Work-focused therapy speeds return to job
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Mental health disorders are a common cause of work-related sick leave. A new study discovers therapy attuned to work-related problems expedites recovery from depression and anxiety. Employees who received this therapy and returned to work sooner did not suffer adverse effects and showed significant improvement in mental health over the course of one year. More

Peers give hope to mental health patients in Iowa
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VideoBrief Iowa leaders hope to expand a peer support idea across the state to help prevent people with mental health crises from being locked needlessly in psychiatric wards. Under the pilot project, psychiatric patients in emergency rooms are paired with specially trained peer support specialists who have learned to cope with their own mental illnesses. The peer supporters work alongside physicians and professional counselors to help calm patients and see whether they could cope outside the hospital if they had extra support. More

New Hampshire expands fitness program to shrink lifespan gap between general population, those with mental illness
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Back when he was a self-described friendless recluse, Craig Carey spent hours sitting in a chair doing nothing or driving around in his car, alone. Then a fitness program for people with serious mental illness turned his life around. " The In SHAPE program gave me something to grab onto. I came out of my shell, I went to other programs ... got a part-time job," he said. "I started to say, 'OK, my life is getting back together.'" The In SHAPE program has been so successful that the state has won a $10 million federal grant to replicate it across the state. More

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