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The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse is dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date information on mental health and consumer issues. In an effort to keep you informed and to respond to your needs, we update our Web site regularly. Look here first to find the latest additions to our site.

Thursday
Apr112013

SAMHSA Offers Reports on Incidence of Smoking among Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

Adults with mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders account for some 40 percent of all cigarettes that are smoked, despite being roughly a quarter of the general population, studies show. In February 2013, SAMHSA issued a joint “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (available here: http://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/mmwr_vital_signs_mental_illness_2-5-2013_cdc.pdf?utm_source=Special+Commentary+SAMHSA+Report+March+21+2013&utm_campaign=SAMHSA+NSDUH+SAS+commentary&utm_medium=email) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the high prevalence of smoking among those with mental health conditions. A new report – published on March 20, 2013, and available herehttp://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/Downloads/samhsa_nsduh_march2013.pdf?utm_source=Special+Commentary+SAMHSA+Report+March+21+2013&utm_campaign=SAMHSA+NSDUH+SAS+commentary&utm_medium=email– adds additional information.

Source: http://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/

Thursday
Apr112013

Mental Health America Seeks Stories About Parity Violations

Mental Health America (MHA) is asking behavioral health care consumers or providers who have experienced a parity violation – that is, insurance plans denying or more strictly managing behavioral health treatment services than other services covered in the plan – to submit their stories via email. MHA writes: “Although the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) was enacted over four years ago, a final rule implementing the law has not yet been issued.” MHA is hoping to make sure these practices are clearly prohibited in the final rule by asking those who have experienced parity violations to report them to the Administration. For more information, see the source below. 

Source: https://secure2.convio.net/nmha/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=740

Thursday
Apr112013

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Offers Free PowerPoint on Photovoice

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (CPR) is offering a free PowerPoint presentation on PhotoVoice, http://www.photovoice.org/, which the PhotoVoice website describes as “Participatory Photography for Social Change.” PhotoVoice helps people make their voices heard by giving them cameras and inviting them to produce statements consisting of pictures and words that communicate their experience. The February/March 2013 edition of the CPR e-newsletter also offers links to publications entitled “Predictors of financial self-sufficiency among Social Security beneficiaries with psychiatric disabilities” and “A Synthesis of the Research Literature on Job Accommodations for People with Psychiatric Disabilities (1990-2010).” Both of these documents are available at the source below.

Source: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/resources/ecast/archive/2013/CPR_eCast_feb_2013.pdf

Thursday
Apr112013

AP Stylebook Adds Progressive Entry on Mental Illness

n a step toward better mental health reporting, the Associated Press (AP) has added an entry on mental illness to its widely used stylebook. “The Newtown tragedy was certainly among the reasons we considered adding this entry, as well as the other mass shootings where the state of the shooter was an issue,” AP spokesperson Paul Colford told Mental Health Weekly. Among other things, the new guidelines state, “Do not assume that mental illness is a factor in a violent crime, and verify statements to that effect.” For the entire entry, see the link at the source below.

Sources: http://www.ap.org/content/press-release/2013/entry-on-mental-illness-is-added-to-ap-stylebook
Mental Health Weekly, March 18, 2013

Thursday
Apr112013

While Acknowledging Discrimination, Americans Have “Mixed Feelings” About Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that, of 1,209 Americans polled, 76 percent acknowledge that individuals with mental health conditions experience prejudice and discrimination. At the same time, according to Kaiser Health News, the poll found that “66 percent of parents said they would be ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ uncomfortable if a person with a serious mental illness worked in their child’s school. Forty-seven percent said they would be uncomfortable living next door to someone with a serious mental illness, and 41 percent said they were uncomfortable working with someone who has a serious mental illness.” 

Source: http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2013/02/americans-uncomfortable-around-mentally-ill-despite-acknowledging-discrimination/