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Collated Mental Health News Items for 2008
Collated Mental Health News Items for 2008

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Depression in Youth May Affect Success in Workplace
Friday, Apr. 4 (Psych Central) -- A new UK study suggests mental health problems in childhood are linked with adult challenges in the workplace. And, problems in working life were associated with mid-life depression and anxiety.
The findings are based on over 8000 participants of the 1958 Birth Cohort, all of whom were born during one week in March 1958, and whose health has subsequently been tracked.
For the cohort, mental health was reviewed during childhood at the ages of 7, 11, and 16 using information from teachers and parents.
Personal interviews to assess mental health were then conducted into adulthood at the ages of 23 and 33. At the age of 45 the participants were invited to discuss their working lives and their perception of their personal mental health.
Researchers discovered an association between living in rented accommodations, having a longstanding illness, difficulty finding employment and the absence of a partner were all linked to depression and anxiety in mid-life.

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Posted:Apr 23, 2008

Teenage Risk-taking: Teenage Brains Really Are Different From Child Or Adult Brains
ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2008). Many parents are convinced that the brains of their teenage offspring are different than those of children and adults. New data confirms that this is the case. An article by Jay N. Giedd, MD, of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), published in Journal of Adolescent Health describes how brain changes in the adolescent brain impact cognition, emotion and behavior.

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Posted:Apr 13, 2008

One In 10 Women Get Post-Natal Depression: Research
Channel 7, Sunrise: March 19 2008
A new study has found one in ten young Australian mothers suffer post natal depression. The study gives the clearest picture yet of the number of women who get persistent feelings of sadness and worthlessness in the weeks and months after giving birth.
It also found older women appear to be hardest hit, possibly because of the significant lifestyle change from a career to motherhood. The research was conducted by a team from the University of Newcastle. They surveyed 2,500 women aged between 28 and 33 who had given birth in the past four years. The percentage of women diagnosed with post natal depression was 9.8%.

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Posted:Mar 30, 2008

New 3D Technology for Video Conferencing
HeraldNet, 23rd March 2008. Doctors and psychiatrists have long used videoconferencing to treat patients from afar. What's different about this project is that Compass psychiatrists are using next-generation technology, originally developed for corporate boardrooms. It produces a 3-D image allowing both psychiatrists and their patients to feel as if they were looking into each other's eyes.
The technology could help bridge the gap between psychiatrists and patients who live in rural areas, who often go without services. With a national and even international shortage of psychiatrists, this technology could be key piece to the puzzle of providing help for many in need.

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Posted:Mar 30, 2008

Police Officers Receive Special Mental Health Training
Police officers receive special mental health training -Eastern Beaches, Penrith and Tuggerah Lakes: Monday, 03 Mar 2008
Twenty-one police officers with new skills in dealing with people who have a mental illness or disability return to their commands this week after taking part in an intensive week-long course. It follows the formation of the Mental Health Intervention Team in June last year, a specialist unit comprising officers from the NSW Police Force and NSW Health.
The 21 newly-trained police officers, from Eastern Beaches, Penrith and Tuggerah Lakes local area commands, last week learnt specialist skills and knowledge to better deal with people who have a mental illness or disability in their day-to-day policing.
The work of these officers with mental health consumers will be independently monitored and evaluated by Charles Sturt University. If deemed successful, the project and will be rolled out state-wide after the pilot ends in June 2009. Components of last week's course included recognising some of the signs and symptoms of mental illness, child and adolescent disorders, geriatric issues, developmental difficulties, substance abuse and the Mental Health Act.

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Posted:Mar 30, 2008

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