Police departments confront 'epidemic' in officer suicides

The New York Police Department is grappling with a spike in officer suicides that has drawn national attention to the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder among law enforcement
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After repeated exposure to a piece of information, people will start assuming it’s true, whether or not it actually is, simply because they’ve heard it so many times. Familiarity and repetition can overcome rationality, a phenomenon psychologists call the “illusory truth effect.” In a 24-hour period during the first weekend of August, two mass shootings—one in El Paso, Texas and the other in Dayton, Ohio—left 31 people dead and 53 injured, as of writing. In between “calls for action” and the need for “thoughts and prayers,” legislators across the political spectru...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized health Source Type: news
Happy June, sweet readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net is packed with information about exercise and anxiety (and it’s probably not what you’re expecting), the unhealthy relationship between self-worth and professional achievements, the new official definition of work-related burnout, and more. Can Working Out Make Your Anxiety Worse? Experts Weigh In: You probably associate exercise with anxiety in the way that exercise is a great way to manage anxiety, and that’s true — just not true for everyone. Holistic psychiatrist Ellen Vora, M.D. and gynecologist and obstetrician Anna Cabeca,...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Psychology Around the Net achievements Anthony Rostain anxiety campus mental health Children chronic workplace stress college Emily Esfahani Smith Exercise Janet Hibbs kids military school counseling services self-worth Seth Source Type: blogs
Conclusion: Our results indicate similar prevalence rates of comorbid psychiatric symptoms to studies carried out in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and relatively high attendance and referral rates to psychiatric services.Implications: The results shed light on the clinical profile of patients in this region and support the need for integrated collaborative medical services. Moreover, findings have important implications for health care policies pertaining to resource distribution and funding.IntroductionMedical care has traditionally been dominated by a separation between disciplines catering to physiologi...
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the following statement Nov. 8 from President Altha Stewart, M.D., in response to the deadly shooting Nov. 7 in Thousand Oaks, California: “Our hearts are with the victims of yesterday's deadly shooting and their families and loved ones. There is much we still do not know about this tragic event, but we must keep in mind that most people living with mental illness are not violent. Effective treatment is available for mental disorders , including PTSD [postā€traumatic stress disorder], depression and suicidal thoughts. The victims of this act of violence and their l...
Source: Mental Health Weekly - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Briefly Noted Source Type: research
It’s time to eradicate stigmas. Life is hard even under the best of circumstances. Without physical and mental health, it’s difficult to enjoy life and to thrive. It makes good sense to take care of ourselves and that includes getting help when we suffer physically or psychologically. When we feel sick we get ourselves to the doctor. And, when we feel so bad that we think about hurting ourselves or others, or when we cannot engage positively in work or in relationships, or we cannot accomplish what we want, we should seek help to feel better. It’s what all of us deserve! Mental health shouldn’t be a...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Depression Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Stigma chronic shame Mental Illness Suicide Suicide Prevention Awareness Month toxic shame Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: Recommendations are made to promote ethical integrity in conducting mental health research with adolescents. A balance is needed between protecting adolescents from exploitation and permitting access to benefits of research. Requiring parental consent for all research does not necessarily give effect to policy. For the vast majority of SA HIV-positive adolescents, parental consent is not possible. Section 71 of the NHA ought to be amended to facilitate valuable and necessary research concerning HIV-positive orphan children and adolescents. PMID: 28809613 [PubMed - in process]
Source: South African Medical Journal - Category: African Health Tags: S Afr Med J Source Type: research
Public health officials are calling the opioid crisis the worst drug epidemic in American history. Overdoses claimed more than 33,000 lives in 2015, and these numbers are steadily on the rise. It’s estimated that over 2 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid pain relievers, with many more using the drugs illegally. Potential solutions to the rapidly escalating opioid crisis have been few and far between. But a long-demonized class of illegal drugs may provide one unlikely approach to tackling widespread opiate abuse and addiction. A new study, published last week in the Journal of Psychopha...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
McLean Hospital Guest Blogger Hilary Smith Connery, MD, PhD Self-inflicted injury is now the 8th leading cause of mortality, while suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. That's a stunning number of people dying by their own hand in one form or another, and in addition to galvanizing public health prevention efforts, these statistics pose an urgent need to identify root causes and more effective treatment systems. Treatment works, but beyond having access to appropriate medical and psychological help, the social environment is critical to creating successful recovery opportunities for those suff...
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South Korea has the highest rate and highest rate of increase in suicide among developed countries. The suicide epidemic in Korea is an anomaly, and suicide rates are high for both men and women, with no signs of decreasing. Yet we do not know the extent t...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
Entry 2: 100+ Miles Covered on Day 1 “Oh Can-a-da”… OK, maybe those are the only words of the anthem I know right now, but I should have it nailed down in a few days. I plan to also become fluent in French by the time we enter Montreal. So far all I know is buenos dias. But seriously, senores and senoritas, Ottawa, Canada! What a beautiful place to begin our cycling adventure for the Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride. Wouldn’t you know it though, our send-off began on Parliament Hill. Why does it have to be a hill? At least we pedaled the rest of the day's 100 miles on flat land and the weather was very...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news
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