News & Alerts


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

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/

Thursday
Apr112013

SAMHSA-HRSA Center Offers Research Supporting Integrated Health Services

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) – which “promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions” – offers “a variety of new, notable, and seminal research related to integrated health services design and provision, consumer experience, and cost,” according to its website, available at the source below.

Source: http://www.integration.samhsa.gov/research

Thursday
Apr112013

APHA Devotes an Entire Issue to Discrimination and Stigma

The American Journal of Public Health is devoting an entire issue to covering stigma and discrimination against people with mental health conditions, a topic that the American Public Health Association (APHA), which publishes the journal, calls “traditionally under-researched and under-reported.” Among the research and commentaries that will be included in the issue are the following: “Global public understanding of mental illness high, yet social stigma persist”; “Commentary: Anti-stigma programs needed to supplement laws made to protect persons with mental illness”; “Public stigma can lead to psychological distress among transgender populations; peer support may be the remedy.” These articles (not yet posted) will be available online at http://ajph.aphapublications.org/toc/ajph/0/0, and are currently scheduled to appear in the May 2013 print issue of the Journal. If you are not a member of the press or of APHA, or a subscriber, online single issue access is $30 and online single article access is $22. 

Source: http://www.newswise.com/articles/mental-health-stigma-addressed-in-historic-am-jrnl-of-pub-health-issue

Thursday
Apr112013

DBSA Offers Two New Video Series on YouTube

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) has developed two new video series. “Out of the Blue: The Many Faces of Depression” includes interviews with six individuals about their experiences with depression. “Bipolar Disorder Education Video Library” covers such topics as “Triggers and Warning Signs,” “Stigma and Disclosure,” “Medication and Side Effects,” and “Coping Skills for Family and Friends.” The two series are available at the sources below, respectively.

Sources: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkEyLB5TkXVK8ioW0K0v2tAfZvSXSbxcD
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkEyLB5TkXVKkKwGYONIKvJc0BASsq4on

Thursday
Apr112013

New York Times Offers Tips for Finding a Helpful Therapist

A March 25, 2013, article in The New York Times identifies a problem called “therapist drift”: that many therapists use “a kind of dim-sum approach” derived more from the therapists’ “biases and training” than from the latest research. “A large number of people with mental health problems that could be straightforwardly addressed are getting therapies that have very little chance of being effective,” one researcher told the Times. According to the article, experts recommend asking prospective therapists about their training; the professional associations they belong to (so that, for instance, if you are interested in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), you can find out if the therapist belongs to the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, to which most top CBT researchers belong, according to the Times); how they keep up with research for treating the condition in question; how they know that their treatment works; whether they consider their approach eclectic (because therapists with an eclectic approach are “less likely to adhere to evidence-based treatments”); what manuals they use; and what data they can provide about their outcomes. “A clinician who can’t tell you how many patients get well isn’t going to care that much if you get well,” the researcher told The Times.

Source: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/looking-for-evidence-that-therapy-works/?ref=health