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Responding to Suicide Clusters on College Campuses: A Web Conference
August 20, 2015 | 1:30 to 5 p.m. ET
SAMHSA & The JED Foundation
Part I of this two-part web conference will help participants understand suicide clusters on college campuses. Part II two will review case studies and offer practical guidance on prevention and postvention of campus suicide clusters.
Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety grant opportunities!
Deadlines: Sept. 30 for Jan. 2016 funding consideration; April 30 for Aug. 2016 funding consideration
Mental Health Across the Lifespan Initiative
A new video about postpartum depression marks the launch "Mental Health Across the Lifespan" Initiative, which seeks to raise awareness about issues affecting women and their families throughout the lifespan, including mental disorders such as postpartum depression, and issues that can impact mental health, including bullying and aging.
Should children of elementary school age be introduced to suicide prevention programs?
Care for Your Mind
The rate of suicide among 5- to 11-year-olds is rising, especially among black males. But there are things we — parents, teachers, faith leaders, youth workers, pediatricians and others — can do to save kids' lives. Donna Holland Barnes, Ph.D., looks at this shocking trend and, equally important, what can be done. Read more and take the poll.
Perspectives on college student suicide
In this new millennium, suicide clusters among college students have drawn media attention, have heightened concern and, occasionally, have resulted in lawsuits, but nothing has reduced the suicide rate in this population. Hovering around seven per 100,000, this rate is actually about half as low for students as for age-matched, non-student emerging adults.
Social anxiety disorder: 'The thought of attending parties used to fill me with fear'
Claire Eastham writes: Three years ago I was on my way to a party. There would be drinks, music and good people. It should've been fun. But I didn't feel excited, I felt sick. "What if I couldn't think of anything interesting to say and people thought I was weird? What if I made a fool of myself?" It was freezing outside, but I was sweating buckets and my stomach tightened into knots. I couldn't think straight.
Teen depression and how social media can help or hurt
Recent news stories about cyberbullying, with kids running away, hurting others and even taking their own lives, points to a growing trend with often tragic results. According to a recent study in JAMA Pediatrics, 23 percent of teens report they are or have been the target of cyberbullying. Another 15 percent admitted to bullying someone else online.
Mardy Fish's match with anxiety
The Wall Street Journal
Mardy Fish, the American tennis pro who had to quit the sport he loved, tells his story with ease now. In 2012 he walked away from a Labor Day showdown with Roger Federer at the U.S. Open because he was overwhelmed with anxiety. Fish still battles anxiety every day. He takes medication. He meditates and writes in journals. He feels good. He wants everyone to know.
RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS
Seniors get mental health drugs at twice the rate of younger adults, but see psychiatrists less
University of Michigan Health System News
Older Americans receive prescriptions for mental health medications at more than twice the rate that younger adults do, a new study finds. But they're much less likely to be getting their mental healthcare from a psychiatrist, the results also show.
Seniors with anxiety do better with cognitive behavioral therapy
A new compares the effectiveness of two different types of psychotherapy, both delivered over the phone, for older adults living in areas with limited mental health services. Cognitive behavioral therapy was better at reducing symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder and depression, the researchers discovered, than standard supportive therapy.
'Start high and go low' dosing strategy advised for chronic insomnia
Medical News Today
The results of a new study provide a stark contrast to the standard prescribing practices for the treatment of chronic insomnia — a condition where people have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep on at least three nights a week for at least one month. The study supports a move away from the standard practice of increasing dose over time. The study was published in the journal Sleep Medicine.
A coordinated approach to compulsive hair pulling
Trichotillomania, also called hair-pulling disorder, is characterized by repetitive hair pulling, leading to noticeable hair loss and functional impairment. Approximately 4 percent of the population is affected by TTM. It is seven times more prevalent in children as in adults, with the majority of cases occurring between ages 4 and 17 years. However, the prevalence of TTM is likely greater, as many individuals do not seek help for the condition.
End of 'trial and error' approach to depression, schizophrenia?
Two recently launched studies will help define optimal medication strategies for depression and acute schizophrenia when initial treatment fails, potentially ending the current "trial and error" approach to therapy. For depression, the VA Augmentation and Switching Treatments for Improving Depression Outcomes study will compare outcomes from either adding another antidepressant or an atypical antipsychotic when there is inadequate response to an initial medication regimen.
Aerobic exercise can reduce daytime sleepiness among depressed people
The Medical News
Aerobic exercise can help alleviate excessive daytime sleepiness among depressed individuals, researchers have found. Researchers looking at blood samples identified two biological markers for the condition, called hypersomnia, which is characterized by sleeping too much at night as well as excessive daytime sleepiness, in those with major depressive disorder.
Screen depressed teens for heart disease, experts say
Depression and bipolar disease can put teens at a significantly higher risk of heart disease, so adolescents with mood disorders need to get extra screening, the American Heart Association said recently. Having depression or bipolar disease can mean anyone eats poorly and fails to exercise properly — both of which can raise heart disease risks.
High glycemic index diet as a risk factor for depression: Analyses from the Women's Health Initiative
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
The results from this study suggest that high-GI diets could be a risk factor for depression in postmenopausal women.
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