The blog post available here summarizes new guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to educators and stakeholders on the matter of bullying of students with disabilities. This guidance provides an overview of school districts’ responsibilities to ensure that students with disabilities who are subject to bullying continue to receive free appropriate public education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Feeling depressed is common. Just ask women, who are twice as likely as men to experience the condition. What puts you at risk? Hear a top depression expert reveal the causes and symptoms and which treatment options you have to fight depression.
In this inspiring video, people living with mental illness share their personal insights into the value of mental health treatment and how it has changed their lives. The video was made by Bedford Counseling and Manchester Mental Health. NAMI NH strongly supports mental health treatment and Community Mental Health Services, but the showing of this video does not imply any specific endorsement.
View this recorded webinar offered by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation by visiting this link.
Effectiveness of Peer Specialists Found to Vary By Type
More and more individuals who are well along the road to recovery from serious mental illness are assisting others who are not so far along this path. They are called peer specialists. Peer services are now available in many states and are delivered through numerous program types, service structures, and funding streams.
But how effective are peer specialists? Matthew Chinman, Ph.D., of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Medical Center, and colleagues decided to evaluate the evidence currently available to answer this question. They reported today in Psychiatric Services that the effectiveness of peer specialists varies by service type. Peer specialists who are added to traditional services or who deliver structured curricula to patients are more effective than peers who assume regular provider positions—say, work as case managers.
These findings have implications for psychiatrists, Chinman said in an interview. “The biggest implication is that peers can play a valuable role in the range of mental health services offered at facilities. However, care needs to be taken in how the position is set up and managed to make sure that peers are getting incorporated into the teams well (resistance among clinicians is an ongoing implementation issue) and are using their peer skills. Psychiatrists, who are usually in positions of authority in mental health facilities, could use that authority to make sure that peers are hired, supported, trained, and receive ongoing clinical supervision. Given that peer specialists are a relatively new field compared with the other professions, sites will not automatically want to hire peers. There is usually someone who must champion the idea. Psychiatrists could be those champions.”
The report is part of a series of literature reviews in Psychiatric Services commissioned by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
This Department of Labor fact sheet provides guidance for young adults with mental illness about a successful transition into the workforce by answering questions regarding disclosure, accommodations, and resources.
NY State continues to implement NAMI NH’s Connect Suicide Postvention Program to reduce risk and promote healing after a suicide.
Suicide magnifies and complicates that grief, and can spur risky behavior among survivors, said Rachel Handler, whose experience is both personal and professional. The postvention team’s professionals â” including educators, first responders, mental health providers, clergy and funeral directors â” will be on call to respond in a coordinated effort after a suicide. Team members have been trained in Connect, a nationally recognized program in suicide prevention and response developed by the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Professionals might advise school officials on how to talk effectively about the death both within the school and with the larger community, including the media. In addition to battling the stages of grief, including depression and anger, survivors sometimes feel guilty that they didn’t see warning signs or were unable to prevent the death, she said.
When using a site such as Facebook, parents need to discuss how their teen uses the site and with whom they share their posts. Is the teen communicating privately or publicly? Have they witnessed or been part of any form of online bullying? This blog post provides tips and tools for individuals being bullied, harassed, or attacked online.
The labels bully, victim, and target are used often by media, researchers, and others to refer to children who bully others and children who are bullied. This StopBullying.gov blog post discusses why these terms are not used in this way on its website. For example, rather than calling a child a “bully,” the site refers to “the child who bullied.”
INFOGRAPHIC HIGHLIGHTS PREVALENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS AMONG YOUTH
Developed by FindYouthInfo.gov, this infographic shows that in 2010, nearly 50 percent of adolescents met the criteria for a mental disorder and 22 percent of those young people exhibited severe impairment or distress. Of the 22 percent, 11.2 percent met the criteria for mood disorders, 8.3 percent met the criteria for anxiety disorders, and 9.6 percent met the criteria for behavior disorders.