Berkeley mental health crisis team has a phone number and a start date.
Soon, residents will have a new number to call for certain emergencies: 510-948-0075
By Alex N. Gecan
Aug. 17, 2023, 3:26 p.m.
The Specialized Care Unit, Berkeley’s mobile crisis team, finally has a projected start date and a phone number.
The SCU should be able to start taking calls on Sept. 5, the day after Labor Day, according to Samantha Russell, director of crisis services at Bonita House, the nonprofit mental health care organization running the $4.5 million two-year pilot program.
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The family of Irvo Otieno, a mental health patient who died in police custody, gave the gruesome details of what they saw in the moments ahead of his death. Attorney Benjamin Crump the video was an example of the inhumane ways the police treat mentally ill citizens like criminals instead of people in need of help, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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British Journal of General Practice publishes advice for GPs on Withdrawing from SSRI Antidepressants by Lucy Fernandes
You can read and download the article on the BJGP website: Withdrawing from SSRI Antidepressants: advice for primary care.
This is an important moment as the journal is widely read by GPs, who are the main prescribers of SSRI antidepressants in the UK.
Although there was a mention of this topic on the BJGP website last year, which linked to IIPDW’s video, this is the first time this information appears in print in a UK journal aimed at GPs.
You can find the full article here.
Emotional Crisis Response: The Peer-Run Respite/Soteria House Approach Compared to the Conventional Approach By Lauren Spiro -March 28, 2023
This article is an invitation to open our perceptions to other approaches of supporting people through emotional crisis. Rather than pathologizing behavior we can use curious inquiry to explore the intelligence that is working. “What is this behavior serving or supporting?” or “What is the story that this metaphor is trying to tell?” or even, simply, “What happened?” Thus, with compassion we look for the intelligence that was used by the person in distress in order to survive.
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A Message from ISPS-US:
Thank you everyone for attending our webinar with Dr Joanna Moncrieff! We appreciated all your interaction through questions and chat, which enriched the event.
For those of you who were unable to attend live, or who want to watch Dr Moncrieff's presentation again, you may now view the recording here: https://youtu.be/PRX2-QurjxI
You may also find her PowerPoint slides here
And a copy of the chat is available here
Talk Therapies Take On a Vital Role in Treating Schizophrenia By Matthew M. Kurtz on February 14, 2023 Scientific American February 2023 Issue
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that, at its worst, ravages the totality of everyday life. It is hard to imagine what people with the severest forms of the ailment experience as anything but biologically driven, a direct consequence of aberrant chemical and electrical activity occurring deep within the brain.
As a neuropsychologist, I have often seen convincing evidence of schizophrenia's biological underpinnings in my dealings with patients. To illustrate what I mean, I will describe “Billy”—a composite profile derived from various patients I encountered in my work at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Conn. Billy exhibits the detachment from reality and emotional agony brought on by a psychotic episode, symptoms experienced by many people with schizophrenia.
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Dr. Moncrieff is a psychiatrist who made international headlines recently when the systematic umbrella review she lead authored was widely recognized as having debunked the serotonin theory of depression. One journalist even decried "the chemical imbalance theory of depression is dead!"
Dr. Moncrieff will be presenting a webinar on Thursday February 23rd at 1pm Eastern Time, to similarly bust some biomedical myths associated with psychosis.
For full information click here
Register here: https://bit.ly/ISPSMoncrieff
The pattern for most diseases is clear: the richer and more developed the country, the better the patient outcome. Schizophrenia appears to be different.
This paradox first came to light 40 years ago. Studies from Mauritius and Sri Lanka appeared to show better outcomes than developed countries: patients experienced fewer delusions and hallucinations, less disorganized speech, and improved social functioning. But these studies lacked standardized diagnostic criteria and assessment methods, and had varying attrition rates.
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Do You Hear What I Hear?
This is a presentation on the Hearing Voices Movement. Topics covered will be the history, philosophy, and worldview of the Hearing Voices Network (HVN) and taking charge of your wellness and intentionality.
1. Participants will learn about the history of the Hearing Voices Network
2. Participants will learn the values of the Hearing Voices Network
3. Participants will learn coping strategies for how to deal with distressing voices, including the value of hearing voices groups
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