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August 2, 2012 Myocardial infarction and PTSD (USA)

The July issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that one out of every eight American patients experiencing a myocardial infarction (MI) will subsequently develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

July 5, 2012 Physically fit youth linked to less depression later (Sweden)

Swedish researchers have published the results of a prospective cohort study, which indicates that good physical fitness at age 18 years is associated with a reduced risk for serious depression in later life. There was no link with fitness and bipolar disorder.

July 5, 2012 Webinar series explores how to provide quality care for LGBT people (USA)

On June 19, 2012, the first of four parts in the webinar series “Quality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People (LGBT)” was hosted by the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association.

June 21, 2012 Loneliness in older adults predictor of functional decline and higher mortality (USA)

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco have found that lonely older adults have a 59 per cent increased risk for functional decline, and a 45 per cent increased risk of death within six years of follow up.

June 21, 2012 Telephone-administered CBT found effective during treatment period (USA)

The June 2012 issue of JAMA provides the results of a study showing that patients with major depression can be effectively treated in the short-term via telephone-administered cognitive behavioural therapy (T-CBT). In fact for patients receiving T-CBT, symptom relief was as good as those having face-to-face CBT by the end of the treatment period. However, at the 6 month follow-up review, patients with face-to-face CBT were less depressed than those receiving T-CBT.

May 17, 2012 Improving access to health services for residents of supported housing (USA)

Prior research indicates that Individuals with psychiatric disabilities underutilize needed health services and are at greater risk for medical co-morbidities. A recent study in Philadelphia looked at the impact of engagement, including case management services, on utilization of health services by individuals with a mental health condition, living in supported housing. Supported housing is defined as independent housing in the community which also provides individualized care services such as case management. The study showed that residents with support services did access health services more than residents who did not receive individualized support.

May 17, 2012 Peer supporters identify challenges and solutions for working in mental health (Australia)

A recent study with peer support workers in western Australia identified the challenges and solutions – from a peer support perspective – of being employed in mental health services.

May 3, 2012 Psychiatry losing medical students to other disciplines

Psychiatry in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States is losing medical students to the other medical specialties, and may be an international issue. There are a host of reasons for this shortage such as the short term nature of placements (only 4 weeks), psychiatry is seen by others in the field as not scientific enough, it is a less lucrative choice, and the sheer breadth of knowledge needed in this field.

May 3, 2012 Webinar on mental health diversion for youth

The United States Council of State Governments Justice Centre is hosting a webinar on mental health diversion for youth on May 10, 2012 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm (EST).

April 20, 2012 Job developers need to address employer needs (USA)

A recent US study comparing the commonalities and differences between job development strategies used in vocational rehabilitation programs and employers’ needs showed that employers want agencies to understand their business needs, not sell disability.