American Telemedicine Association: Guidelines Approved For Delivery Of Remote Mental Health Services
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) announced the availability of formal practice guidelines for the use of videoconferencing for the delivery of mental health services. These guidelines are designed to form the standard of care for such services and will be the basis for the development and practice of uniform, effective, safe and sustainable telemental health practices. They will serve as both an operational reference and an educational tool to aid in providing appropriate care for patients. The use of telemental health has been in existence for over 40 years. It has been used successfully as a tool for treatment in diverse areas such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), providing counseling services in rural areas and offering health medication management for institutionalized patients.
It was Freud who compared memory to a magic slate: the clear celluloid receives the imprint of short-term memories, soon to be wiped clean, and the waxy cardboard underneath becomes etched with the lasting impressions. Freud accepted the belief popularized by his contemporary, psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus, that the brain files away all memories, but his angle of approach was wildly different. Freud studied memory not from the position of what we remember or how we remember, but on how little we remember and why. He believed that any failure of recall had a specific cause, and since people forget things every day, he had plenty of material with which to work.
Worldwide, more than 450 million people live with unmet mental health care needs. Wake Forest University Counseling Professor Donna Henderson co-developed a training course with easy-to-follow lessons that helps nonprofessional community volunteers in developing countries respond to mental health issues. In low-income countries, there are often only one or two mental health professionals, as compared to 200 times more doctors and nurses for the same population in high-income countries. The Mental Health Facilitators (MHF) program, launched in 2008, is a first step toward addressing this need. MHF was formed by the National Board of Certified Counselors International (NBCC) in response to a request by the World Health Organization to help people in developing countries who have never had access to mental health care.
Finding a permanent home for children and youth who are in the care of welfare agencies should be a priority for all Canadians, write Laura Eggertson, Dr. Noni MacDonald, Cindy Baldassi and Dr. Paul HÃ bert in an editorial http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj091968.pdf in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Governments do not make good parents and children in care need to be adopted into families who can give them stable, permanent homes. In Canada, only 2300 on average out of an estimated 30 000 to 40 000 children in care who are legally free for adoption find families. According to a British Columbia study, youth in care are 17 times more likely to be hospitalized for mental health issues.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS), Australia's largest allied health representative body, strongly supports the call from Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) for the allied health sector to be involved in the design, governance and delivery of the Government's new primary health care system. "The Government has committed to reforming the primary health care system, " said Professor Lyn Littlefield, Executive Director of the APS, "however, to this point, there hasn't been any significant detail about how this will be done. Reform must include allied health professionals as equal partners with nurses and medical practitioners, and the allied health sector needs to be involved at inception to achieve a primary health care system that is effective, well-designed, and adequately funded and resourced.
Mental Health Network director Steve Shrubb said that the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health's report, 'Chance of a lifetime, ' showed how important mental wellbeing is across public service Commenting on the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health report, 'Chance of a Lifetime, ' which says that 80% of all crime is committed by people who had conduct problems as children, Steve Shrubb, director of the Mental Health Network which represents the majority of mental health trusts said: "This report shows how the effects of poor mental health and well-being can lead to very serious and costly problems in other services. We know from our own work that intervening early will mean money saved both in the NHS and elsewhere in our public services.