Posts tagged "mental health care"
Dr. Xavier Amador is a clinical psychologist who has written a book titled I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help! How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment. He has worked with adults, families, and couples for over 25 years and he himself actually has a brother that he says struggled…
Sports psychiatry, now there’s something I could do. Or at least would enjoy doing.
Germany really is ahead of the game (haha, puns).
In the UK, Time to Change are offering free mental health training to coaches. It is funded by Mind and the RFL, originally targeted at Rugby League coaches and is now open to anyone.
I was recently at a fundraising dinner for Mind, the leading mental health charity in the UK. One of the big themes for the evening (other than Stephen Fry’s investiture as president), was the idea of art as therapy. My only qualifications to write about therapy and mental illness are a rather lame 2:1 in psychology from UCL and around 9 months of in-patient care in various locked wards in 2006/7 (I add this disclaimer only because after a recent blog post on a similar subject I got enough hate mail to make the Dalai Lama feel depressed). But as an ex-inmate and artist of sorts, there is no question in my mind that in conjunction with other therapies, art or music can be a tremendous tool in dealing with various forms of mental illness from depression to Asperger’s, but I wonder whether throwing oneself into creativity in order to help defeat the demons is a solution or a hindrance.
It’s bad enough that you currently have to wait 4 months sometimes to get an appointment with a counselor here. I can’t imagine if they start cutting funding.
Thinking we need more awareness on campus of other places you can go, but really your university should be able to help.
I know, I know. It’s the Daily Mail. No one likes the Daily Mail. Except the Daily Mail, but it’s interesting to read patient’s experiences.
With comment from Beat & psychiatrist Dr Samantha Scholtz.
I watched this a few months ago on YouTube. One of the most authentically disturbing things I’ve ever seen.
Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace
The flashing images are really creepy. But it’s still an important documentary.
Focusing on an institution located in Staten Island, NY, this film, with reporter, Geraldo Rivera, was one of the first exposés on local television. As a result of its airing on WABC-TV, the manner of treating people with disabilities was forever changed.
As the producers were putting the documentary together, they located a piece of film shot 10 years earlier of Robert F. Kennedy after he completed a tour of Willowbrook. He said, “Willowbrook was a disgrace.” Despite Kennedy’s anger and compassion, nothing was done about it.
Geraldo Rivera, the film’s correspondent, is quoted, “I can show you what it looked like and what it sounded like, but I can never show you how it smelled and the horrible conditions.”
Aims and method To examine the effects of implementing the individual placement and support (IPS) approach within four community mental health teams (CMHTs). Demographic, clinical and vocational data were collected through a repeated cross-sectional survey. Additionally, a service user experience survey was conducted.
Results The IPS approach appears to have a significant effect on the employment rates of service users; a higher proportion felt able to return to employment and a smaller proportion believed they were unable to work because of their mental health problems. Employment rates for service users appear to be independent of general employment rates.
Clinical implications Implementing IPS appears to increase the employment rates in CMHTs resulting in increased service user expectations of being able to return to work.
People with mental health problems often consider employment as a yardstick to their recovery.1,2 However, they experience low rates of employment, especially those using secondary mental health services, of whom typically between 4 and 16% are employed.3-5
The low priority given to employment by mental health professionals combined with the low expectations of people with mental health problems themselves in being able to gain employment may partly account for these low employment rates.6-8 These low expectations are reinforced by the attitudes of an overwhelming number of professionals, with only 8% of community mental health teams’ (CMHTs) case notes addressing vocational needs9 and mental health professionals holding the belief that the majority of people on their case-loads are only capable of sheltered or voluntary work.10 Yet, surveys in England show that people with mental health problems who use mental health services would like help with gaining employment:11 supporting people to do the things they want to do is critical if we are to successfully enable recovery, independence and inclusion.
The individual placement and support (IPS) approach is an evidence-based practice and has repeatedly been shown to be more effective than other vocational rehabilitation approaches in enabling people with severe mental health problems to gain employment.12-14
Forensic nursing is one of the most demanding and misunderstood areas of care in the NHS. Nursing manager Theo Bello gives an inside view about the challenge of working with mentally ill offenders and public fear about their release back into society.