An article published Online First and in a future edition of The Lancet reports that young Afghans experience violence that is constant and not limited to acts of war. The article is written by Professor Catherine Panter-Brick, Durham University, UK, and colleagues. It is based on research funded by the Wellcome Trust. The study emphasizes the importance of school-based initiatives to deal with child mental health. It stresses the significance of understanding trauma in the context of everyday forms of suffering, violence, and adversity. There is confirmation of substantial mental health problems in adults in Afghanistan. But there is little evidence relating to children.
Back-to-School Resource From American Public University For Teachers, Counselors: 'Tips' Cards On ADD ADHD, Bullying, Child Abuse, Teen Depression
"Tips for Teachers" cards on key behavioral and student wellness issues are available at no cost to teachers, counselors, principals and other school-based personnel, thanks to a program by American Public University, a member institution of American Public University System, an accredited, online university system that serves more than 50, 000 working adults studying worldwide. Laminated, 6" x 8" cards are available featuring information from expert sources on how to recognize and help students who may be suffering from these conditions and/or situations: - Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) - Bullying - Child abuse and neglect - Teen depression and suicide The "Tips for Teachers" cards have many uses, including as a classroom resource, for professional training, as part of "welcome back" teacher packets, as a resource for parents, and as a resource to help satisfy school district- or state-mandated training requirements.
SAGE and the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education, a division of the American Counseling Association, are pleased to announce the 2010 launch of a new journal, Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (C.O.R.E.). This new journal will provide counselor educators, researchers, and other mental health practitioners with outcome research and program evaluation practices for work with individuals across the lifespan. Addressing ethical, legal, and cultural concerns in the assessment of dependent variables, implementation of clinical interventions, and outcome research, C.O.R.E. will address topics such as: treatment efficacy clinical diagnosis program evaluation research design outcome measure reviews "Members of AACE share a passion and commitment to the advancement of measurement and evaluation, " said Danica G.
Gold medal winning triple jumper Phillips Idowu is calling on the public to take giant strides to end to mental health stigma by taking part in this year's Get Moving week (3 to 11 October 2009) a part of the Time to Change campaign to end discrimination. While all eyes are on the athlete at today's Aviva Grand Prix, new research shows only 26 per cent of people would be happy to let their child be coached by someone with a mental health problem. Sporting heroes like David Beckham, Jonny Wilkinson and Dame Kelly Holmes have all spoken out about their experience of mental distress but the results show that they would not be trusted by the public to coach their kids.
A majority of doctors would avoid seeking professional advice for mental health issues in an outpatient setting, according to a new survey published by the Royal College of Physicians in the journal Clinical Medicine. Nearly three quarters of respondents said they would rather discuss mental health problems with family or friends, than seek formal or informal advice, citing reasons such as career implications, professional integrity, and perceived stigma of mental health problems. The survey of over 3, 500 doctors in Birmingham is the first of its kind of this scale looking at (non-psychiatric) doctors' preferences for disclosure and treatment in the event of becoming mentally ill.
Time to Change , the mental health anti-stigma campaign, launches two provocative films aimed at challenging the stigma surrounding mental health head on. Both films are launched as an exclusive YouGov poll  reveals that more than a third of the public believe people diagnosed with schizophrenia are likely to be violent. The reality is that people are as likely to be struck by lightning as to be harm by a stranger with a mental illness . Research also shows that support from friends and family helps people with mental illness get better, faster and for longer.  People going through it say that the stigma and shame can be worse than the illness itself.