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Collated Mental Health News Items for 2010
Collated Mental Health News Items for 2010

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CAMH launches KnowledgeX portal - a new frontier of CAMH's role as expert resource for professionals
TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has long been known as a trusted source of information on mental health and addictions issues. Sharing information and resources has always been part of CAMH's mandate to collaborate and make current research and best practice available to all health professionals.
With the KnowledgeX ( professional portal, CAMH provides the first electronic resource aimed directly at professionals working in the mental health and addictions field.
This new resource will bridge the gap between research-based knowledge and practice among researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to improve client outcomes.

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Posted:Apr 23, 2010

Are we overmedicating our kids - or undermedicating them?
Parenting writer Judith Warner set out to pen an exposť of overmedicated children. Instead, she uncovered a different problem: underdiagnosis and undertreatment of mental illness.
Judith Warner, a journalist and vociferous critic of hyperparenting, says she was convinced that parents were latching on to "fashionable" diagnoses such as oppositional defiant disorder instead of disciplining their kids.
But her hunch didn't prepare her for the agonizing truth, the author explains in We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication.

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Posted:Mar 23, 2010

Depressed children not being diagnosed (The Australian)
UP to 75 per cent of children and adolescents suffering depression and other clinically identifiable mood disorders remain undetected in the community.
And many of those detected receive no treatment, according to a new set of draft guidelines on treating depression.
The draft, prepared by depression initiative beyondblue for consideration by the National Health and Medical Research Council, says young people may not seek help because they believe their symptoms are a normal part of growing up, or they fear the stigma of mental health problems.
And many parents simply don't know depression can begin at such an early age.

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Posted:Mar 23, 2010

GPs have hit out at delays in securing mental health support for young people.
(Children & Young People Now)
A Royal College of GPs (RCGP) survey found that more than three-quarters of doctors said they were rarely able to get specialist psychological therapy for children suffering from emotional problems within two months.
A further 16 per cent said they could secure such treatment within two months but only sometimes. Just 6 per cent said they had no problems referring young patients for specialist mental health support.
The RCGP is backing a campaign launched by the mental health charity Mind, calling on all political parties to improve access to psychological therapies for young people and adults.
This latest RCGP survey coincides with the release of a National Advisory Council for Children's Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing (NAC) report into emotional and mental health support for children and young people.
Dr Lesley Hewson, the council's vice chair, said: "Children and young people tell us that that they want everyone to have a better understanding of what mental health is and be able to get the right help when they need it. We need to ensure that the whole range of provision is available in all areas and for all communities, from preventative services to highly specialist care."

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Posted:Mar 23, 2010

Depressed parents' negative effects on kids are combatable
Awareness of the toll has prompted more research into how to lessen it.
The research on how a depressed parent affects kids has slowly accumulated for about 20 years, "but it's really taken off in the last few years," says Vanderbilt University psychologist Bruce Compas.
But as knowledge about the effects of parental depression has grown, so too has research into how to combat those effects. Studies suggest, for example, that changing destructive parenting practices and teaching children good coping strategies can make a big, positive difference in kids.

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Posted:Mar 19, 2010

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