Eyes & Ears – March/April 2014

clipart-newspaper-300x213Here’s the March/April 2014 edition of Eyes & Ears, a mental health consumer run newsletter for consumers, their friends & family and mental health professionals.

Download and read the March/April 2014 issue at:

Online Reading Version of Eyes & Ears – with links
Full article version of Eyes & Ears – for printing
Contact the editor at eyes.ears_newsletter@yahoo.com

Included in this issue:

* Kris Moore Takes Helm at FolkTime
* Portland police reforms: Federal judge wants annual status reports
* Safety Net of Oregon investigation: Social Security Administration must find new payee for agency’s former clients, judge rules
* Oregon Health Authority Swamped with Calls About OHP Enrollment
* Home Forward plans to give low-income renters more money to find housing
* Register to Vote – Join Waiting Lists for Project-Based Section 8 Apartments
* Extra on the online with links edition: Patient dumping: Multnomah County lawsuit points to nationwide concern about bad emergency care for uninsured patients; and a lot more.
* Coming events: Rethinking Psychiatry’s April Film Festival and May Mind-Body Symposium; NAMI’s 2014 National Convention and NAMI Walk; NorthStar Benefit Auction; Psychiatric Security Review Board – Trends and Changes presentation

Besides other news there are a variety of listings of meetings, services, support groups, job opportunities and more.

Eyes & Ears – January/February 2014

clipart-newspaper-300x213Here’s the January/February 2014 edition of Eyes & Ears, a mental health consumer run newsletter for consumers, their friends & family and mental health professionals.

Download and read the January/February 2014 issue at:

Online Reading Version of Eyes & Ears – with links
Full article version of Eyes & Ears – for printing
Contact the editor at eyes.ears_newsletter@yahoo.com

Included in this issue:

*  Oregon far behind in community mental health services, federal report finds
*  Portland City Council approves proposed reforms to strengthen police oversight
*  Speak out at the February 18th DOJ/Portland Police Fairness Hearing
*  Advocates and Peers in MH System Under Attack in Washington
*  Updates on NorthStar and Portland Hearing Voices
*  Susan Boyle tells British paper she has Asperger’s
*  Extra on the online with links edition: Health Share of Oregon Boasts 25,000 New Enrollees; Utah is Ending Homelessness by Giving People Homes; an  update on the Junction City Hospital ; Mental health crisis may be better served in homelike environment instead of traditional ER, says study; Antidepressant regulations tightened in Denmark following suicide; What works best in coping with voices & other intrusive experiences?; and a lot more.
*  Coming events: Rethinking Psychiatry’s February meeting and May Mind-Body Symposium; In Fact Books seeks essays by writers on mental health challenges; Volunteer Training -Intro to the Renters Rights Hotline; and more.
Besides other news there are a variety of listings of meetings, services, support groups, job opportunities and more.

Eyes & Ears – November/December 2013

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Here’s the November/December 2013 edition of Eyes & Ears, a mental health consumer run newsletter for consumers, their friends & family and mental health professionals.

Download and read the November/December 2013 issue at:

Online Reading Version of Eyes & Ears – with links
Full article version of Eyes & Ears – for printing
Contact the editor at eyes.ears_newsletter@yahoo.com

Included in this issue:

*  Multnomah County Library homelessness survey spurs push to add social services
*  Experience A Good Teacher For Those Who Help Others With Mental Health Issues
*  Portland city attorneys, police union reach tentative deal on police reforms in response to federal inquiry
*  Cover Oregon Announces Dec. 4 Application Deadline for Coverage Jan. 1
*  Health Share Turns its Focus to Mental Health Providers
*  Extra on the online with links edition: Holiday Assistance Guide; U.K.’s Guardian Survey: “Your Experiences of Antidepressants”; Rules to Require Equal Coverage for Mental Ills completed.
*  And a lot more news
*  Coming events: Oregon Mission of Mercy event; Rethinking Psychiatry meeting; FolkTime’s  “The Folk Art Tradition” Art Show; and more

Besides other news there are a variety of listings of meetings, services, support groups, job opportunities and more.

American Psychiatric Association – FiveThings Physicians and Patients Should Question

http://www.choosingwisely.org

1.     Don’t prescribe antipsychotic medications to patients for any indication without appropriate initial evaluation and appropriate ongoing monitoring.
Metabolic, neuromuscular and cardiovascular side effects are common in patients receiving antipsychotic medications for any indication, so thorough initial evaluation to ensure that their use is clinically warranted, and…..

Suicide Rate Climbs in Kansas After Cuts in Mental Health Programs

Allison Kilkenny, October 21, 2013     http://billmoyers.com

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recently released a startling report (PDF)  showing a 30 percent increase in suicides from 2011. Nationwide, the number of deaths by suicide surpassed the number of deaths by motor vehicle accidents in 2009, the most recent year for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided data.

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How This Oregon Facility Is Effectively Expanding Access To Mental Health Care

By Sy Mukherjee on October 23, 2013   http://thinkprogress.org

About 15 percent of Americans with mental illness blame a lack of insurance coverage for forgoing care. That will soon change. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s designation of mental health care as an “essential health benefit” that insurers have to offer, approximately 32 million Americans will gain mental health coverage through their individual or small group plans beginning in 2014 under Obamacare. Another 30 million will get more robust benefits than they have today, since insurers will be forced to cover behavioral disorders the same way they cover more “traditional” medical care.

But Americans need to actually go out and visit mental health professionals in order to take advantage of that new coverage — and there are still barriers keeping them from doing that.

Read more.

Eyes & Ears – October 2013

 

clipart-newspaper-300x213Here’s the October 2013 edition of Eyes & Ears, a mental health consumer run newsletter for consumers, their friends & family and mental health professionals.

 

Download and read the October 2013 issue at:

 

Online Reading Version of Eyes & Ears – with links

Full article version of Eyes & Ears – for printing

Contact the editor at eyes.ears_newsletter@yahoo.com

 

Included in this issue:

*  Health Share of Oregon Doesn’t Anticipate Provider Shortage

*  Life with schizophrenia: Portland woman works to silence, ignore the voices in her head

*  Oregon’s low income health plan primed for growth under reform law

*  2014 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

*  Welcome to Cover Oregon

*  California’s New Mental Health System Helps People Live Independently

*  Lacking Rules, Insurers Balk at Paying for Intensive Psychiatric Care

*  From 211info.org: We’ve got the official word that these programs for low income Oregonians are unaffected by the government shutdown

*  And a lot more news

*  Coming events: Dr. Steve Goldsmith The Green Psychiatrist at Rethinking Psychiatry; and more

 

Besides other news there are a variety of listings of meetings, services, support groups, job opportunities and more.

Eyes & Ears – August/September 2013

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Here’s the August/September 2013 edition of Eyes & Ears, a mental health consumer run newsletter for consumers, their friends & family and mental health professionals.

Download and read the August/September 2013 issue at

Online Reading Version of Eyes & Ears – with links

Full article version of Eyes & Ears – for printing

Contact the editor at eyes.ears_newsletter@yahoo.com

Included in this issue:

*  Pamela Martin Stresses Need to Break Down Silos

*  My Reply to Pete Earley: Do I Have Blood On My Hands? By Robert Whitaker

*  Portland community group wins role in overseeing police reforms

*  When Doctors Discriminate

*  Health Share looks at ways to merge health care and affordable housing

*  Cover Oregon outreach VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY for community partners

*  Deployment Factors Are Not Related to Rise in Military Suicides, Study Finds

*  Self Directed Services is Luke-Dorf’s new Peer Brokerage Program in Multnomah County

*  Clackamas County Public Housing Waiting lists to Open September 16th -22nd 2013

*  And a lot more news

*  Coming events: Screening of Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse;  2013 Portland Out of the Darkness Community Walk!; and more

Besides other news there are a variety of listings of meetings, services, support groups, job opportunities and more.

When Doctors Discriminate

If you met me, you’d never know I was mentally ill. In fact, I’ve gone through most of my adult life without anyone ever knowing — except when I’ve had to reveal it to a doctor. And that revelation changes everything. It wipes clean the rest of my résumé, my education, my accomplishments, reduces me to a diagnosis.

I was surprised when, after one of these run-ins, my psychopharmacologist said this sort of behavior was all too common. At least 14 studies have shown that patients with a serious mental illness receive worse medical care than “normal” people. Last year the World Health Organization called the stigma and discrimination endured by people with mental health conditions “a hidden human rights emergency.”

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There’s More to Life Than Being Happy

“It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.”

Jan 9 2013, The Atlantic

In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished — but he, prisoner number 119104, had lived. In his bestselling 1946 book, Man’s Search for Meaning, which he wrote in nine days about his experiences in the camps, Frankl concluded that the difference between those who had lived and those who had died came down to one thing: Meaning, an insight he came to early in life.

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