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Evolving Governmental Mental Health Packages

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in About, Featured | 0 comments

Evolving Governmental Mental Health Packages

According to reports from the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumer’s Association (PMHCA), recovery-oriented systems of care have become the single most important solution for mental illness. The work, purposes and goals of the “recovery movement” advance the concept of recovery-oriented system changes.

Whereas previous treatment programs sometimes resisted the notion of permanent healing, the recovery movement focuses on the belief that people are capable of fully recovering from mental illness. As such, recovery-oriented healing should be the primary goal of any mental health service-delivery system.

National Support For ROSC Mental Health Programs

In the September 2010 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) resource guide, the authors assert a firm belief that ROSC is an integral component of the modern mental healthcare environment. Throughout the guide, caregivers, policy makers and providers of recovery support services are given clear instructions on how to fully integrate ROSC into the evolving changes in governmental mental healthcare programs.

As a relatively new model in the field of substance abuse disorders, ROSC is a continually evolving process. States, communities and even patients will learn and grow as the system is implemented, evaluated and permitted to mature. Sweeping changes in national healthcare reform promotes expanded coverage for citizens suffering from mental health disorders and substance abuse issues. ROSC is ingrained into the new health model. The focus on early intervention, prevention, treatment and full recovery shall rule the future of mental health management.

The Effects On You And Your Family

Mental patients and the families of mental patients can expect to see a change in mental health care that will align the tenets of reform benefits, current program frameworks and the history of ROSC into a single and efficient method of recovery-orientated mental health programs. The process promotes healing through:

  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Elimination of the discrimination and stigmas so often linked to mental health issues
  • Promotion of social acceptance
  • AND more.

Through the practical application of recovery-orientated systems of care, a mental health patient can be healed, transformed and empowered to attain his or her full potential as a productive member of the local and global community. So, will ROSC open doors into a brave new world?

Time will tell.

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Changing The Way You Deal With Your Child’s Mental Health

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Featured, Parenting | 0 comments

Changing The Way You Deal With Your Child’s Mental Health

Helen Keller was treated as a mentally disturbed child yet her disabilities were physical and her mind was clear. But her ability to communicate with her environment was limited and she came from a time in which mentally ill children were often treated as a blot against the dignity of the parents. Society was void of knowledge, understanding and the courage to reject the so-called curse of a mentally disturbed child.

Kindness abounded, but little was done to change the circumstances. People like Anne Sullivan were among the uncommon. There weren’t many blind/deaf girls that enjoyed a world encounter at the faucet of a hand-cranked water pump.


A New Approach To Your Child’s Mental Health


A recent article from the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health brings to light a new conceptual framework for helping to ensure that your child has the opportunities that many of Helen Keller’s peers never received.

The new approach uses the impact of System of Care values to promote enhanced child development. The process focuses on healthy environments, physical health and mental health.

The core approach applies three primary principles:

  1. Identify a child’s mental health problems
  2. Help the child learn to optimize their mental strengths
  3. Focus public health concepts on areas that strengthen your child’s physical health, mental development and mental health.

Three major elements make up the conceptual framework of the program:

  1. Establish principles of application
  2. Establish a set of rules concerning public health response to circumstances
  3. Establish an expanded range of public intervention.

When functioning correctly, this new model of managing children’s mental health will promote better focus on positive mental health. Parents, teachers and authorities will work to prevent mental health problems through treatment and by reclaiming ground previously loss due to poor intervention.

Leaders of policy roles, federal and state facilities and local programs may soon take a “Big” hand in your child’s mental health. The question:

Is it “Big Brother,” interference or is it providing something that the children of Helen Keller’s age never had the opportunity to receive?

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Parental Involvement Improves Pupil Performance

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Featured, Parenting | 0 comments

Parental Involvement Improves Pupil Performance

A recent article from the Department for Education and Skills (DES) examines the effects of spontaneous parental involvement on pupil progress and achievement. “Good parenting,” according to the authors Professor Charles Desforges and Alberto Abouchaar, is tightly linked to a parent’s spontaneous activity in and out of home. By involving yourself in home pre-school, parent to teacher discussions, child progress tracking and a host of other methods, you can help construct within your child a good foundation of:

  • Attitudes
  • Self Confidence
  • Skills
  • And Values.

The DES article attempts to enlighten parents concerning three areas of spontaneous parental involvement:

  1. The nature, impact and outcome of spontaneous parenting
  2. Things that hinder spontaneous parental involvement
  3. The evaluation and enhancement of a parent’s spontaneous involvement

Core Description And Nature Of Parental Leadership On A Spontaneous Level

Current DES research uses advanced statistical collection and measurement techniques to describe the scope and scale of spontaneous parental involvement in pupil achievement. To ensure good, in-home parenting you should provide daily resources that include:

  • A stable and secure environment
  • Active and positive communications with schools and educational leaders
  • Discussions between you and your child
  • Hands-on participation in school related work projects
  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Participation in educational, school and social events
  • Participation in school governmental decisions
  • Role model leadership concerning educational, personal and social citizenship and values.

Progressive Stages Of Diminishing Value

As a parent, you should understand two primary points concerning parental involvement in pupil performance.

1) Your ability to influence your child through spontaneous parental involvement can be hindered by your:

  • Family social class
  • Maternal concerns such as level of education, psycho-social health and dual parent status
  • Matters of material deprivation
  • Family ethnicity.

These matters are not insurmountable. They merely reflect a need to work harder and longer in your efforts to produce the improvements that can be derived through effective spontaneous parental involvement.

2) Your ability to influence your child’s personal and social growth is diminished as your child ages. Imagine how the benefits of an early start can enhance and extend the age of break-away.

Seven Question Checkup Of Your Spontaneous Parental Involvement

  1. Do my spontaneous parenting skills include effective parent-to-child interaction?
  2. Am I spontaneous in my school-to-home and home-to-school communications?
  3. Do I spontaneously volunteer for classroom events?
  4. Do I provide my child with effective homework help?
  5. As a spontaneous parent, am I helping my child make correct choices for educational options?
  6. What areas of PTA and school government occupy my time?
  7. Do I collaborate with community efforts to contribute to my child’s school?
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Grieving The Death of a Grandchild

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Features | 0 comments

Grieving The Death of a Grandchild

In an old science fiction tale, the author opens the story with a death scene. In describing the dying character, the writer pictures an old man beneath the covers from the neck down, his head on the pillowcase like a shriveled nut on a white paper napkin. A young man, less than thirty years old and with tears in his eyes, sits by the old man’s bedside.

In the course of the story, we learn that the dying man is the grandchild of the weeping man. In this fictional world, science had conquered death. Yet sometimes a person’s genetic makeup rejected the treatment that preserved everlasting life. Thus the young man witnessed a grandchild dying of old age.

Grieving The Death of a Grandchild

It feels perverted when a child dies ahead of the parent – even more so when one must endure the death of a grandchild. The grief of such a loss is almost unbearable, the pain so deep that even the darkness between the stars of the midnight sky seem shallow by comparison.

But finding your way out of the emptiness is not impossible. Help is available, personalized help, help that identifies you as an individual with a distinct method for handling grief and pain.

Current Treatments

According to UNICEF and the World Health Organization, in 2010 over seven million children worldwide died before reaching the age of five years old. In the good news, this report reflects a slowing in the number of preventable deaths. However, each day still bears the cross of nearly 22,000 children under five years old.

Who can really understand your pain? The very effort to treat prolonged grief stirs controversial questions. Losing a grandchild produces:

  • Acute stress
  • Extended mêlées with immeasurable sadness
  • A prolonged desire to be alone
  • Emotional numbness
  • An inability to redefine your place among family and society
  • Intense sense of guilt
  • Even the inability to cope with daily life.

In the gray area of treatment, many theorists advocate targeted grief therapy yet resist universal intervention. Possible healing techniques include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral techniques such as cognitive restructuring and exposure processes
  • Crisis or other intervention services
  • Pharmacotherapy as a means of reducing bereavement-related depression
  • Family-based support groups
  • Internet-based therapies
  • Preventive associations
  • And More.

Never Really Alone

You are not alone in a dark world that lacks any form of exit. Death is expected but help is available to the survivors. Others have walked this lonely path. Books that help:

“When a Grandchild Dies: What to Do, What to Say, How to Cope” by Nadine Galinsky
“Grandparents Cry Twice: Help for Bereaved Grandparents” by Mary Lou Reed
“Forgotten Tears: A Grandmother’s Journey Through Grief” by Nina Bennett.

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Medical Treatments for Depression

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Anxiety, Depression, Featured | 0 comments

Treatments for Depression

Clinical depression is a collection of symptoms characterized by low mood, low self-esteem and the loss of pleasure in activities that are normally enjoyable. It is a disabling condition that can adversely affect all aspects of a person’s life and 3.4 percent of people with clinical depression commit suicide. Fortunately, a variety of medications are able to manage clinical depression. These medications can be classified into the following categories:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
  • Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

SSRIs work by increasing the level of serotonin in the brain, which is a mood elevator. They are currently the preferred medication for severe depression due their broad effect on depression and relatively mild side effects. Common SSRIs include escitalopram (Cipralex, Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Lustral, Zoloft). Patients who don’t respond to the first SSRI are typically switched to another SSI, which improves the patient’s condition in nearly half of all cases. SSRIs typically have limited effectiveness against mild and moderate depression.

Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors

SNRIs elevate the levels of the mood elevators serotonin and norepniphrine. They include desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), duloxetine (Cymbalta), milnacipran (Ixel) and venlafaxine (Effexor). SNRIs are the newest type of anti-depressants and have side effects that are generally similar to those of SSRIs, although they are slightly less severe. SNRIs are typically administered in low doses at first and then gradually increased until the therapeutic level is reached. Similarly, a patient must taper off SNRIs gradually to minimize the risk of side effects.


Tricyclics are so-named because their chemical structure is characterized by three carbon rings. This is an older class of anti-depressants that have more side effects than SSRIs. Tricyclics are typically used only when patients do not respond to the newer anti-depressants, especially inpatients. Many tricyclics are available, although amitriptyline is the most common tricyclic still in use.


A monoamine oxidase inhibitor reduces the ability of monoamine oxidase, which breaks down monoamine neurotransmitters. MAOIs are typically used only when all other types of anti-depressants have failed due to their interactions with other drugs which can be lethal. They are most effective in treating atypical depression, in which the patient can experience an improvement in mood when a positive event occurs. The most recent form of MAOI is Emsam, which is a transdermal patch of selegiline that was approved by the FDA in 2006.

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