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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BeyondHomeless.org invites you to a private screening of its new documentary Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope. This hard-hitting, challenging film explores the root causes of street homelessness—and presents transformational, proven solutions.
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Information about the homeless shelter in Grass Valley and information about their Hospitality House project.
Grass Valley is northeast of Sacramento.
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Caroline Mazel-Carlton began hearing voices when she was in day care. Mornings, by the time she was in middle school, a bowl of oatmeal awaited her for breakfast next to a white saucer of colorful pills. Her voices remained vibrant. They weren’t within her head; they spoke and screamed from outside her skull. They belonged to beings she could not see.
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Meta-Analysis IDs Best Psychotherapy Interventions for Schizophrenia Relapse Prevention by Jolynn Tumolo
Family interventions, family psychoeducation, and cognitive behavioral therapy provide clear, robust benefits for relapse prevention in people with schizophrenia, according to findings from a systematic review and network meta-analysis published in The Lancet Psychiatry.
“These treatments should be the first psychosocial interventions to be considered in the long-term treatment for patients with schizophrenia,” researchers advised.
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Mary Duhig (2005) described the role of supporter in mental health as an experience that encounters common humanity. She notes, ‘Psychotherapy is an ethical enterprise… a work of love, for it must be open to the value of any other person … someone with whom we share a common humanity’. Mary goes on to suggest the goal of our work is to ‘discover what is a good life within the parameters of a person’s life’. She is inviting us to be deeply connected to the human within ourselves and the other with whom we are seeking to be in a human-to-human relationship.
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On 4/22/21, award winning author Robert Whitaker will lead an ISPS-US webinar on “The Rising Non-Pharmaceutical Paradigm for "Psychosis" -12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT (New York time)
In the U.S., one third to one half of people in state prisons and local jails have mental illness. Despite this fact, funding for prison mental health care has been historically inadequate, which limits access to and quality of treatment.
It is illegal to discriminate against prisoners with mental illness, and that includes failing to provide accommodations and reasonable treatment for serious mental health conditions. Yet, “the U.S. prison system often falls short of meeting acceptable standards of care.”
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