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News and Updates

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Grant to Fund Mental Health First Aid for Youth in Kern County

The office of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools has announced the funding of a Youth Mental First Aid Program for Kern County. The office received a grant to produce the program, which will help teachers, volunteers, and others who work with youth of ages 12-18 to recognize and handle situations involving mental illness.

Coverage on Kern Golden Empire quotes Tatia Hunter-Jennings, School Counselor, Prevention Services for KCSOS and coordinator of the program, “This important educational effort goes a lot further than emergency intervention; it really helps people understand the shroud of fear and misjudgment facing individuals and families who experience mental illnesses and addiction.”

You can read more coverage HERE

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Study: Psychiatric Treatment for Children Increases

A study by Mark Olfson, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, found that psychiatric treatment of children increased between the periods of 1996-98 and 2010-12, reports the Columbia University Medical Center Newsroom. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine , distinguished between mild and serious mental illness, concluding that while the rate of treatment has increased for both groups, more than half of children with serious impairment still do not receive treatment.

According to the article, the percentage of treatment among children with mild or no impairment increased 6.7 percent to 9.6 percent during the period studied; treatment of children with severe impairment increased from 26.2 percent to 43.9 percent.

Benedict Carey, writing for the New York Times, quotes Dr. Christoph Correll, who was not involved in the study: “While many parents still wait too long before bringing in their kids for evaluation and treatment, I nevertheless sense that parents are becoming better informed about mental health care options for their children.”

Read the Columbia University article HERE

The journal article is posted HERE

You can read coverage in the New York Times HERE

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Mental Health Issues and Resources for LGBTQ Community

 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides an overview of issues faced by members of the LGBTQ community in dealing with mental health conditions. The webpage includes extensive links to resources such as the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Provider Directory and The GLBT National Help Center.

The NAMI webpage states, “The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community faces mental health conditions just like the rest of the population. However, you may experience more negative mental health outcomes due to prejudice and other biases.”  To help with these issues, NAMI includes examples of the challenges that an LGBTQ patient may face, and tips for how to talk to his or her mental health provider.

You can read the webpage HERE

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