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December 13, 2012 DSM 5 approved for publication (USA)

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.

November 29, 2012 New framework for reducing recidivism in criminal justice system (USA)

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.

November 29, 2012 World Justice Project: Rule of Law Index report released

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.

November 19, 2012 From social assistance to employment: is the plan working? (UK)

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.

November 19, 2012 2013 Guide to school-based social and emotional learning programs (USA)

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.

November 1, 2012 Physicians should eat more ice cream and have more sex (USA)

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.

October 18, 2012 WHO public consultation on "Health in all Policies"

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.

October 18, 2012 Certified peer support specialists perform unique activities (USA)

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.

October 18, 2012 Prevention can help break the cycle of poor mental health in families (USA)

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.

October 4, 2012 New tool highlights policy-maker role in mental health promotion (Australia)

Policy makers can play an important role in promoting mental health for the general and at risk populations. This message is captured in a new guide from the Department of Health for the Government of Victoria in Australia. The guide, aimed at government policy makers, advances a lens that enables users to consider social and environmental determinants of mental health when developing new policies or programs.