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23 Sep

This is a press release from Two Feathers Native American Family Services:

Two Feathers Native American Family Services in conjunction with Stanford Psychiatry’s Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing, are hosting a one day conference on Thursday, September 26th from 8:30 am to 4 pm. The conference will be held at the Bear River Community Center, 266 Keisner Rd, in Loleta.

International, national and local leaders in child and adolescent mental health will be discussing their research and work. Topics will include school mental health, school-based suicide prevention, youth opiate use prevention and law & education. Participating partners include the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services, Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District, Northern Humboldt Union High School District and Indian Health Service.

Dr. Virgil Moorehead Jr., a licensed psychologist working with Two Feathers and a speaker at the event said, “this conference is being held because of the need we see in our communities for youth mental health treatment and providing more school based mental health programs for Native American youth.”

Register by calling 839-1933 or by emailing:  There is no charge to attend but there is limited seating so please reserve your space early.

For more information please visit the Two Feathers web site, or visit facebook, twofeathersnafs.

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23 Sep

As mentioned last week, to generate discussion and stimulate action toward resolving a major heath issue, Sept. 8-14 was designated as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. What I failed to mention is that September is Suicide Prevention Month. I was reminded of this by a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release that encourages veterans, community leaders, co-workers, families and friends to use this month to help prevent suicide by being present, supportive and strong for those veterans who may be going through a difficult time. This campaign is tagged with the message “#BeThere.” As mentioned last week, veterans are 21% more likely to take their life than civilians. Of the more than 45,000 Americans who die by their own hand each year, an estimated 6,000 are veterans.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said in the release: “I encourage everyone to take a moment to be there for Veterans in need. One act of thoughtfulness can make a big difference and may even save a life.” You can learn more about the warning signs of suicide on the Veterans Crisis Line website at

Most people do not have any direct connection to the unique challenges and pressures of military life. Less than 1% of today’s U.S. population is currently serving in the military, as compared to 12% during World War II. We know even less about the difficulties veterans have in adjusting to civilian life.

Much of the focus today is on the growing number of younger veterans who commit suicide. It is important to recognize that statistics show the suicide rate for elderly veterans is higher than that of nonveterans of the same age. Veterans struggling with suicide are not always wrestling with recent memories of combat. Many veterans are never deployed to a combat zone. For them, service-related issues can lie dormant, only to crop up later in life.

The VA emphasizes the importance of getting potentially suicidal veterans in the door, where health care workers are trained to deploy a range of treatments. For older male veterans, what complicates their risk factor is their tendency to reject treatment for mental health issues.

To the issue of care, studies show that U.S. veterans hospitals often prove to be better options than nearby alternatives. In a recent study, researchers looked at 121 regional health care markets with at least one VA hospital and one non-VA facility. According to a report in Annals of Internal Medicine, across all regions, the VA was shown to be consistently better than non-VA facilities on almost every quality measure. The VA offers new programs, initiatives and advanced trainings, as well as renovations and improvements to health care facilities. The VA was also the best or above average in most markets for treating heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, among other conditions.

What the VA and other health care providers have to do a better job of is preparing for the changing profile of patients needing care.

According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans 65 and older is projected nearly to double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060, rising from 16% of the population to 23%. This shift is unprecedented in U.S. history.

Among the health concerns for this aging population are obesity rates. They have been increasing among adults 60 and older, standing at about 41% in 2015-2016.

Population Reference Bureau data show the aging of the baby-boom generation could fuel more than a 50% increase in the number of Americans 65 and older requiring nursing home care. That would result in about 1.9 million in 2030, as opposed to the 1.2 million in 2017. The demand for elder care will be driven by a steep rise in the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, which could more than double by 2050.

This aging population has generated a new sociological term: elder orphans. It speaks to a large majority of older people who are living alone. It represents a major threat to mental or physical health. These seniors are living alone with little or no support. When they are fending for themselves, childless and spouseless, they are extremely vulnerable. It is unclear how many older adults are elder orphans, but a 2016 study suggested 22% of older adults were at risk. Some of this population is, or will be, veterans.

Let this stand as a reminder that we should not assume an older veteran is doing fine unless we know that to be true.

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23 Sep

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Mental health is something many people are often afraid to talk about, especially men, according to one of Burrell Behavioral Health’s counselors.

Stephanie Robbins, a licensed professional counselor, says the biggest problem for men is the stigma of getting help.

“I have experienced that men do seem to have a little bit more of stereotype or stigma with getting help for anxiety or mental health issues,” Robbins said. “I think I see a lot more shame associated with anxiety in men or maybe they think that they’re supposed to be more controlled or you know, be able to handle their emotions and maybe that feels a little more out of control sometimes is what I hear them saying so that’s hard to admit to. It’s hard for anybody to admit to.”

If left untreated, Robbins says people may seek out coping mechanisms.

“With anxiety, we see all kinds of coping mechanisms,” Robbins said. “Anything from drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, anything like that pops up as a way to try and manage the anxiety in kind of a short-term manner. If they are holding in those emotions, a lot of times they can come out as anger because anger is a lot easier to express than saying, ‘I’m really really worried, I’m anxious about something.’”

Robbins suggests if you have no one to talk to, to try talking to your primary care doctor. Then you both can work together to find a solution.

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22 Sep

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Former Oklahoma City Thunder guard/forward Alex Abrines credited ex-teammate Russell Westbrook with supporting him last season as he worked to improve his mental health.

Abrines told Basket en Movistar (h/t Alex Madrid of Eurohoops, via Kurt Helin of NBC Sports):

“He’s a very nice guy. He helped me a lot especially in the first year. In most of our trips we did something together, watch a movie, have dinner. When I went through all this and did not travel with the team, he kept in touch. He asked me to meet him for dinner. He cared for the person beyond the player. He calmly told me what I should do noting that he would support me if I decided to leave.”

Abrines also discussed his mental health issues, which led to him stepping away from the team during last season:

“It is a different kind of pain. Physical pain is something you can see and feel. Mental pain can not be observed and can not be treated like an injured knee for example. If you don’t go through something similar, you can’t realize it. In the end of the day, money is not above everything. Until it happens, you don’t realize that you don’t give a s–t about money.”

Numerous NBA players have opened up about their mental health over the past of couple years, including Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love via the Players’ Tribune and San Antonio Spurts guard/forward DeMar DeRozan to Doug Smith of the Toronto Star.

The NBA is also putting considerable resources into players’ mental health, which includes mandating that every team has a mental health professional on staff.

As for Westbrook’s reputation as a caring and helpful teammate, Abrines isn’t the only former teammate of his to offer significant praise. Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter did so on ESPN’s First Take.

He also received positive remarks from Thunder guard Dennis Schroder, ex-NBA forward Nick Collison and Los Angeles Clippers forward (and ex-OKC teammate) Paul George, per Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated in a Dec. 6, 2018, piece.

Abrines and the Thunder mutually agreed to a release in February. He signed a two-year deal with FC Barcelona in July.

Westbrook played on the Thunder for 11 seasons before being traded to the Houston Rockets this offseason.

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21 Sep

CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The Clarksville Police Department is searching for a missing man who has a history of mental health issues.

Police say 41-year-old Jonathan Irvan left his home on Cobalt Drive yesterday morning without his medication. Irvan’s family has not heard from him since he left.

Police say Irvan never showed up to pick his son up from the bus stop yesterday afternoon.

Irvan is six feet tall and weighs around 250 pouds. He was last seen in blue jeans and a black shirt. He is new to the area and does not have a car.

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18 Sep

Casper, the bed-in-a-box start-up that reached a $1 billion valuation selling mattresses over the internet, is getting more serious about providing customers better sleep. This week it launched a new line of melatonin and CBD-infused gummies in partnership with Plus Products, a San Mateo, California-based company that makes THC edibles in California.

Getting into the CBD market may seem like a gimmick timed to the first frenzy in the cannabis capitalism market, but Casper has been looking at the CBD market for years under the direction of its co-founder and chief strategy officer, Neil Parikh, who comes from a medical background and is a CBD user himself.

Casper co-founder and CEO Philip Krim told CNBC that Parikh, who attended medical school prior to founding Casper and whose father is a pulmonologist, has been the most progressive with regard to the emerging health trends that the company’s five co-founders have studied over time.

“Neil was pretty early to the emergence of CBD, its potential for helping people sleep and how it helps him sleep personally,” Krim said. “Because we saw the killer application of CBD products helping people sleep, we are approached all the time by different companies that want to get into this space. As we got to know Plus over a pretty long period of time and we looked at really everyone else out there … we found that this was the right partnership for us.”

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16 Sep

Joker director Todd Phillips says the film’s story is rooted in real-world mental health issues. The DC Comics adaptation doesn’t even open in theaters for another three weeks, and yet it’s already one of the most polarizing movies of the year. That hasn’t prevented Joker from taking home any awards though, as the film shocked many by winning the prestigious Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival just over a week ago. The last two winners of the Golden Lion (The Shape of Water and Roma) went on to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, which obviously bodes well for Joker‘s awards season prospects.

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Most of the reasons Joker has been divisive so far are related to its script. Written by Phillips and Scott Silver (The Fighter), Joker tells the tale of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a troubled wannabe standup comedian who is stuck in a dead-end job as a clown for hire by day. A lot of the criticisms raised so far argue that Joker is extremely problematic in the way it depicts Arthur’s mental health problems and his descent into madness, as he gradually evolves into the Clown Prince of Crime. According to Phillips, though, Arthur’s struggles are informed by actual mental health issues.

Related: Joker’s Venice Film Festival Win Explained (& Why It’s Controversial)

One of the symptoms of Arthur’s mental health issues in Joker is his spontaneous laugh, which stems from a head trauma he suffered when he was younger, resulting in him developing a neurological condition known as pseudobulbar affect. Speaking at a Q&A after an early screening of Joker (which Screen Rant attended), Phillips explained that he and his team came up with this idea while doing research for the film:

We researched it, and we studied that. Quite frankly, that laugh could be [a symptom]. People are afflicted in different ways. Some people cry from this, and some people laugh. And it’s always at the wrong moment, and it’s really painful. What we discovered was, it happens from head trauma as a young person, or even older. And it happens from MS. We didn’t necessarily want to give Joker/Arthur MS, so we went with this head trauma thing.

The movie, in every way, tries to be grounded in reality as much as possible. I mean, it still has a foot in the comic book world, for sure. But we just kept thinking, “Let’s put everything through a realistic lens.” Why does he have a white face? Well, we’re going to drop him in acid. I don’t know how real that – while it’s amazing in the comic books, and Jack Nicholson and all that – it doesn’t feel very real that that would happen if you fell into a vat of acid. So, let’s come up with a realistic answer for everything. And that was one for the laugh. So, yeah, we researched it. Does that make sense?

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Phillips has made it no secret that he and his collaborators drew additional inspiration from Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and especially The King of Comedy, when it comes to their portrayal of Arthur’s mental health problems in Joker. Some of the film’s early negative reviews have argued that, even with the grounded explanation for much of Arthur’s behavior (like his laugh), Joker lacks the social context that made Scorsese’s classics so troubling, and goes for empty nihilism instead. The positive reviews, of course, argue the opposite and suggest that Joker is successful at critiquing society for the way its fails to show compassion to people with mental health problems. In the case of Joker, Arthur’s sudden and uncontrollable laughter often inspires derision from those around him, and even gets him assaulted on certain occasions. At one point, Arthur writes about this in his notebook, saying “The worst part about having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t”.

It’s little wonder Joker is controversial, in light of the larger ongoing discussion about the misconceptions that many people have about those with mental health issues, and how they are prejudiced against by society as a whole. It’s a very important conversation too, so it’s good that Phillips and his various Joker collaborators were aware of it while working on the project. At the same time, it’s equally important that people be allowed to continue debating Joker‘s merits in this regard, including whether the film is ultimately responsible or not in its portrayal of Arthur’s mental health problems. No doubt, there will be more fuel to add to the fire once Joker actually starts playing in theaters next month.

NEXT: DC Knew They Couldn’t Beat Marvel – So They Made Joker

Key Release Dates

  • Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
  • Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) release date: Feb 07, 2020
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
  • The Batman (2021) release date: Jun 25, 2021
  • The Suicide Squad (2021) release date: Aug 06, 2021
  • DC Super Pets (2022) release date: May 20, 2022
  • Aquaman 2 (2022) release date: Dec 16, 2022

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15 Sep

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Depression, schizophrenia and some other mental health conditions can have very different symptoms but they all seem to be connected by a set of structures in the brain.

This network may help us understand the link between certain genes and psychiatric symptoms, and suggests a focus on symptoms, rather than categorising mental health conditions, may be a better way to help people.

“We know for psychiatric illnesses, the categories of diagnosis are not very reliable,” says Maxime Taquet at the University of Oxford. Psychiatric conditions have been shown to overlap when it comes …

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14 Sep

Eighty-four per cent of NHS dentists believe their current role has negatively affected their mental health, according to the latest Dentistry Confidence Monitor survey.

That’s compared to 51% of private dentists.

Given those statistics, it is even more worrying that 72% of all dentists surveyed said that they were unconfident about which organisation to turn to for support if they were feeling overly stressed or worried about their mental health.

Hear more about these statistics at the London Dentistry Show where Nigel Jones will be hosting a panel discussion about the results at 14:00 on the NHS/Business Theatre.

More than 400 dentists responded to the survey, run by Practice Plan, between April and June 2019.

Contract reform and regulation

They were also asked for their thoughts on contract reform.

The majority of both NHS and predominantly private dentists said they felt reform would increase their workload, decrease their profitability and will work well for the government but not for patients and dental professionals.

Over 80% of NHS (88%) and predominantly private (83%) dentists also said that they felt unconfident in their knowledge of contract reform.

When it came to regulation, 86% of NHS and 48% of private dentists said they were anxious about their ability to meet the GDC’s Standards.

Only 9% of NHS dentists and 8% of private dentists were confident a complaint against them would be handled appropriately.

This might go some way to explaining why the majority of all dentists (79% of NHS and 77% of private) said they’d be likely to support the idea of the GDC being dissolved and a single regulator formed to avoid replication of duties.

Dissatisfaction and mistrust

Nigel Jones, sales and marketing director of Practice Plan, said: ‘The survey results paint an unsurprising but still saddening picture of what it’s like to be a dentist in 2019.

‘It suggests deep feelings of dissatisfaction and mistrust of those who are responsible for running and regulating dentistry.

‘The statistics, and comments, around mental health are particularly dismaying as it seems stress and anxiety continue to be a common symptom of a career in dentistry.

‘The spotlight that has started shining on mental health issues among dentists is becoming brighter, and while that’s to be welcomed, it’s clear that more needs to be done.

‘Urgent action needs to be taken and this warning should not be dismissed lightly by those in positions of authority and influence.’

The full survey also included questions about recruitment, career plans and confidence in the future of the NHS.

This is the seventh year a survey has been held by Practice Plan, with the questions evolving each time to reflect changes in the profession.

The 2019 results, and those from past surveys, can be found here:

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