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Suicide, PTSD, Mental Health Problems Afflicting Corrections And Police Officers An Underreported Sector Of The Criminal Justice System

USA Today (6/14, Weichselbaum) reports, “Suicides, post traumatic stress disorder and other mental-health problems that afflict corrections officers as well as police officers are an underreported sector of the criminal justice system.” Now “an awakening of sorts – from the halls of Congress to the prisons of California – is under way.” Recently, “the California peace officers association completed the first major step of a partnership with the University of California, Berkeley, by analyzing the results of a 61-question survey from more than 8,600 corrections and parole officers statewide.” The survey “responses serve as the basis for an ambitious plan to develop, test and implement a range of mental health services for officers across the state’s prison system.” Meanwhile, last month on Capitol Hill, “the Senate unanimously passed the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act.”

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— “,”Simone Weichselbaum, USA Today, June 14, 2017.

People Concerned That Proposed Medicaid Cuts Could Restrict Access To Treatment For Drug Addiction

Kaiser Health News (6/14, Allen) reports many people are concerned that proposed cuts to Medicaid could restrict access to treatment for drug addiction. The article highlights the situation in Pennsylvania where more than 124,000 people used Medicaid “to get help for their drug or alcohol addiction last year.”

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— “People In Recovery Worry GOP Medicaid Cuts Would Put Treatment Out Of Reach,” Ben Allen, Kaiser Health News, June 14, 2017.

Amyloid Buildup May Portend Cognitive Decline In Older Adults, Scan Study Suggests

HealthDay (6/13, Norton) reports, “Older adults with evidence of ‘plaques’ in the brain are more likely to see their memory and thinking skills wane over the next few years,” researches found after studying “445 older US and Canadian adults (average age 74) who had no signs of dementia at” the start of the study. About 200 of these people did “have elevated levels of beta-amyloid in the brain,” however, that “were detected either in spinal fluid samples, or by specialized PET scans of the brain.” The study revealed that individuals “with elevated beta-amyloid showed a steeper decline in their memory and other mental skills over the next three years.” The findings were published June 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

MedPage Today (6/13, Fiore) reports the study supports “the idea that amyloid plaques presage eventual dementia, even in people with no signs of clinical impairment.”

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— “Sticky Brain ‘Plaques’ Implicated in Alzheimer’s Again,”Amy Norton, HealthDay, June 13, 2017.

Teens With AD/HD May Be More Likely Than Other Teen Drivers To Get Into A Car Accident, Researchers Say.

CNN (6/12, Emanuel) reports that teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) appear to be “36% more likely than other adolescent drivers to get into a car accident,” researchers found after examining data from some “18,500 electronic health records for young people, including nearly 2,500 with” AD/HD. The findings were published online June 12 in JAMA Pediatrics. Reuters (6/12, Seaman) and HealthDay (6/12, Mozes) also cover the story.

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— “Young drivers with ADHD 36% more likely to have an accident, study says,”Daniella Emanuel, CNN, June 13, 2017.

Some First Responders Dealing With PTSD One Year After Pulse Nightclub Mass Shooting

On its “Morning Edition” program and in its “Shots” blog, NPR (6/12) reports that some first responders who handled casualties at last year’s Pulse Nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, FL are now dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. While only a few have come forward to discuss their PTSD diagnoses, such as police officer Gerry Realin who has been unable to work since the mass shooting, many others have not wanted to “come forward because they don’t want to be seen as weak or unfit for duty.”

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— “A Pulse Nightclub Responder Confronts A New Crisis: PTSD,”Abe Aboraya, NPR, June 12, 2017.

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Foundation’s Latest Radio Spot Tells How Common Mental Illness Is

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations focuses on how common mental illness really is. It discusses how people avoid thinking about it and urges them to seek help when needed.

You can listen to the ad using the player in the upper right of the website’s homepage. All past public service spots are also available for listening or to download on our Radio Advertisements page.

Foundation’s Latest Radio Spot Examines Alcohol and Sports

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc. recently began airing a new public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations. It focuses on the role alcohol can play as the fall sports season begins.

You can listen to the ad using the player in the upper right of the website’s homepage. All past public service spots are also available for listening or to download on our Radio Advertisements page.

Depressed Adolescents Often Struggle Alone

The Los Angeles Times (4/29, Healy) “Booster Shots” blog reported that although “some 2-million Americans adolescents experienced a bout of major depression last year,” only about one-third of them received help, according to a report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to “kick off a month of national activity aimed at raising awareness of childrens’ mental health.”

Overall, about “8.1% of the population between 12 and 17 years old reported experiencing a period of depressed mood lasting two or more weeks in the preceding 12 months.” Depressive episodes increased with age; and adolescent boys were “consistently less likely to report depression.” Nearly 15 percent of “girls 15 to 17 years old” described a “major depressive episode in the preceding year, compared to an average of 6.4% of boys” of the same age “who did so.”

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– “Depressed teens mostly struggle alone,” Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, April 29, 2011.

John Plaskon Wins 2011 Outstanding Merit Award

At the MPS annual meeting in April, the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry presented its 2011 Outstanding Merit Award to John Plaskon, executive director of Crossroads Community, Inc. in Centreville, for his vision and leadership in opening a new mental health clinic in rural Queen Anne’s County during the height of the recession.

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry established the annual Outstanding Merit Award for a worthy program in Maryland that accomplishes one or more of the following:

  • Increases public awareness and understanding of mental illness
  • Enhances the quality of care for psychiatric illness
  • Reduces the stigma of mental illness

The award, open to the entire Maryland community, carries a prize of $500. Find information on nominating for the 2012 award here.

2012 Outstanding Merit Award Entries Open Now

Nominations are now being accepted for the Foundation’s 2012 Outstanding Merit Award.

The annual Outstanding Merit Award is given for a worthy endeavor in Maryland that accomplishes one or more of the following:

  • Increases public awareness and understanding of mental illness
  • Enhances the quality of care for psychiatric illness
  • Reduces the stigma of mental illness

Nominations for this award of $500 are being invited from the entire Maryland community. A short nomination form must be submitted with a cover letter by March 1, 2012, to the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, 1101 Saint. Paul Street, Suite 305, Baltimore, MD 21202-6405. The form is available as PDF or Word document.