A recent paper in the British Journal of Psychiatry titled, “Psychiatry beyond the current paradigm” argues that psychiatry has been dominated by a biomedical practice that does not meet the needs of mental health care today. To become a good practice, psychiatry needs to shift from a biomedical framework to a recovery – or non-technical – framework that is dominated by relationships, the growth of service user groups, peer support, and cultural beliefs. The decades’ long domination of psycho-pharmacy, psychotherapy, and ECT treatments needs to be complemented by new evidence that demonstrates the significance of recovery-oriented services, and promotes empowerment and connectedness in mental health care.
The Board of the American Psychiatric Association has approved the fifth edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), for release in May 2013. The DSM is used by mental health clinicians; its approval marks the end of a more than a decade of reviews and input from over 1,500 experts.
The United States Council of State Governments Justice Centre has released a new report titled Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery.
This week, the World Justice Project (WJP), an independent, non-profit organization that develops communities of opportunity and equity by advancing the rule of law worldwide, released their 2012 Rule of Law Index report.
A recent UK paper details the experience of migrating people with disabilities who are capable of working, away from the social assistance system and into employment.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has identified quality school classroom-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for preschool and elementary students in their 2013 Guide. Social and emotional learning encompasses the processes of acquiring the knowledge, skills and attitudes for competency in areas such as awareness and management of one’s self and relationships, and responsible decision-making. Recent research has shown that school-based SEL programs improve students’ classroom behavior and reduce conduct problems, such as bullying.
An online article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, dated October 26, 2012 lightheartedly comments that physicians need to take these, and other positive measures, to feel happier in their work and personal lives. The article is based on a presentation made by Dr. Shanafelt, Director of the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine Program on Physician Well-Being at the Conference on Physician Health in Montreal, Quebec.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting an online public consultation to support preparation for the “Health in all Policies” focused” 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion. The WHO would like feedback on its proposed working definition for “Health in all Policies.” This definition will inform conference proceedings. The consultation is led by the Health Promotion and Social Determinants of Health Units of WHO.
A recent report examining the experience of Certified Peer Specialists (CPSs) in Kansas mental health centers confirms the unique services these staff provide, and also shows a high degree of satisfaction in their jobs.
A review of studies found that children of parents with a mental illness, can benefit from a reduced risk of mental illness and reduced risk of psychological symptoms when support for prevention is introduced. A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies showed that cognitive, behavioural, or psychoeducational interventions reduced the risk of the same mental illness developing in children by 40 per cent. Internalizing symptoms (such as negative emotions in newborns, depressive symptoms and anxiety) were significantly reduced among children in the participating groups compared to the non-participating groups. Externalizing symptoms (such as hyperactivity and aggressiveness) were also reduced, but not by a statistically significant level.