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August 7, 2015 Tracy Bowden - 7:30 Report
Children seeking mental health support's doubled since 1998 but can technology help?
Report shows "young people are reaching out online. It's non-stigmatising, it's available 24/7"... "For the first time the technologies allow us to reach our most vulnerable young people, they allow us to reach those people who live in rural, regional and remote communities and they really provide more than just information, this is about plugging the technologies into a service offering that supports face-to-face services." says CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Jane Burns. more...
"The mental health of children and adolescents" 2015 report
The second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Download the report.
August 23, 2015
Ben Pike The Sunday Telegraph
Plan for nurses to back up cops in mental health incidents on the frontline
A trained mental health nurse would ride along with police to every mental health-related incident under a plan being proposed by NSW Police. It would see a highly trained clinician attached to each of the state’s 76 local area commands where they would attend jobs where mental illness was believed to be a factor. more...
August 22, 2015
Early intervention the key to dealing with children's mental health issues
"... having the child and adolescent mental health unit within the Orange hospital adjacent to the paediatric unit, and not at Bloomfield, was an indication of the approach now taken by health professions in treating children with a mental illness - either a one-off short-term episode or ongoing issues" more...
August 20, 2015
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Structural Changes in Eye May Predict Schizophrenia
Monitoring changes in the eye's retina may provide a way to assess the risk for and progression of schizophrenia. more... Study published
August 17, 2015
Prof Kevin Fox Cardiff Uni
Our ‘Rosetta Stone’ gene could unlock the secrets of schizophrenia
"... one specific gene may allow us to decode the function of all genes involved in the disease. This “Rosetta Stone” gene has revealed a period early in the brain’s development when treatments may be most effective in preventing schizophrenia manifesting in the first place" more...
August 7, 2015
Tender loving care is the best treatment for schizophrenia
Studies have shown that patients in many developing countries - seem to fare better than their Western counterparts in terms of social impairment and duration of active psychotic symptoms. For most diseases, the richer and more developed the country, the better the patient outcome. With schizophrenia, it is postulated that the different social-cultural milieu in developing countries with its greater dependence on family members for care and support, plus a more accepting community, is making the difference. more...