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March 22, 2012 Government to better market employment programs to persons with mental health conditions (UK)

The UK government recently released their response to the Sayce report – an independent commission charged with making recommendations for system reform to employment programs for persons with disabilities. A full consultation ran from July until October 2011 with 1,400 organizations and individuals responding. The government’s report reflects the responses from these consultations and lays out next steps.

March 8, 2012 Facebook app for personal disasters and emergencies (USA)

On February 23, 2012 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the winners of a contest they sponsored that challenged software application developers to design a new Facebook app that could be used by people for personal emergency preparedness.

February 23, 2012 Cigarettes and early male cognitive decline (Britain)

British researchers have found that middle-aged male smokers experience a faster decline in cognition and executive function than their non-smoking male counterparts. The good news is that men who had quit smoking for 10 years or more did not experience the same decline.

February 23, 2012 Antidepressants not linked to youth suicide (USA)

Researchers have recently found that the antidepressant fluoxetine did not increase or decrease suicidal behaviour in children, compared to children who were on placebos.

February 9, 2012 Exercise reduces depression for people with chronic illness (USA)

A systematic review and meta-analysis conducted by researchers in the USA reveals that exercise reduces depressive symptoms in patients who have a chronic illness and are experiencing mild to moderate depression.

January 26, 2012 Work performance and co-workers are source of discrimination in workplace (USA)

A national study of individuals with serious mental illness found that work performance and co-workers’ attitudes toward them were two main sources of prejudice and discrimination at work.

January 26, 2012 National survey shows 1 in 5 Americans experience mental illness (USA)

According to the US government’s latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately one in five American adults have experienced mental illness in the past year; this equates to 45.9 million people.

January 26, 2012 Study shows IPR does not decrease use of mental health services (USA)

A first of its kind, statewide study on the relationship between intensive psychiatric rehabilitation (IPR) and its impact on mental health service utilization, as well as on residential and employment outcomes, found unexpected results. Contrary to study hypothesis, mental health service use actually increased when people were engaged in psychiatric rehabilitation services.

January 12, 2012 Nicotine replacement therapies up in smoke? (USA)

A new study conducted by researchers from Harvard University and University of Massachusetts discovered that nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) – which include patches, gum, inhaler and nasal sprays – on their own do not help people to quit smoking over the long term. In fact, investigators found that NRTs are not more effective than simply quitting cold turkey.

January 12, 2012 Seclusion and restraints not recovery-oriented care (USA)

The Copeland Centre, known for the development of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), has released a new position paper calling for the elimination and/or reduction of seclusion and restraints in psychiatric services.