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Title: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: liquidsilver on July 30, 2018, 12:05:15 PM
Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: josh on August 05, 2018, 04:20:22 PM
One of my great frustrations with our in patient mental health "treatment" process is how little treatment there is on weekends. That means that if you are admitted on a Friday, you get no treatment to speak of until Monday. And if you get released on a Monday, it is after a weekend with nothing substantial going on.

And just being there can be deleterious to the health of a patient, especially one who does poorly with unstructured time.
Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: FlyingVProd on August 20, 2018, 02:56:21 PM
Hundreds of Millions in Funding Remain Unspent Amid Mental Illness Epidemic Among Homeless in L.A. County


The voters in California voted multiple times to help the homeless and the mentally ill, and now the money is there, and programs need to go into action. And lots of new jobs will be created for more social workers, and others, to help the homeless and the mentally ill.

And the fastest way to get people off of the streets and into housing is to put them in group homes, with services tied in to the group homes.


Tony V.
Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: FlyingVProd on December 15, 2018, 01:36:35 AM
Coffee drinking tied to lower risk of suicide
Researchers link caffeine’s impact on brain chemicals as playing key role

BY Marge Dwyer
Harvard School of Public Health Communications

DATE July 24, 2013

Drinking several cups of coffee daily appears to reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent, according to a new study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The study was published online July 2 in The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry.

“Unlike previous investigations, we were able to assess association of consumption of caffeinated and non-caffeinated beverages, and we identify caffeine as the most likely candidate of any putative protective effect of coffee,” said lead researcher Michel Lucas, research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH.

The authors reviewed data from three large U.S. studies and found that the risk of suicide for adults who drank two to four cups of caffeinated coffee per day was about half that of those who drank decaffeinated coffee or very little or no coffee.

Caffeine not only stimulates the central nervous system but may act as a mild antidepressant by boosting production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline. This could explain the lower risk of depression among coffee drinkers that had been found in past epidemiological studies, the researchers reported.

In the new study, researchers examined data on 43,599 men enrolled in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS) (1988–2008), 73,820 women in the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) (1992–2008), and 91,005 women in the Nurses’ Health Study II (NHSII) (1993–2007). Caffeine, coffee, and decaffeinated coffee intake was assessed every four years by questionnaires. Caffeine consumption was calculated from coffee and other sources, including tea, caffeinated soft drinks, and chocolate. However, coffee was the major caffeine source — 80 percent for NHS, 71 percent for NHS II, and 79 percent for HPFS. Among the participants in the three studies, there were 277 deaths from suicide.

In spite of the findings, the authors do not recommend that depressed adults increase caffeine consumption, because most individuals adjust their caffeine intake to an optimal level for them and an increase could result in unpleasant side effects. “Overall, our results suggest that there is little further benefit for consumption above two to three cups/day or 400 mg of caffeine/day,” the authors wrote.

The researchers did not observe any major difference in risk between those who drank two to three cups of coffee per day and those who had four or more cups a day, most likely due to the small number of suicide cases in these categories. However, in a previous HSPH coffee-depression study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the investigators observed a maximal effect among those who drank four or more cups per day. One large Finnish study showed a higher risk of suicide among people drinking eight or nine cups per day. Few participants in the two HSPH studies drank such large amounts of coffee, so the studies did not address the impact of six or more cups of coffee per day.

Other HSPH researchers participating in the study included senior author Alberto Ascherio, professor of epidemiology and nutrition; Walter Willett, chair, Department of Nutrition and Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition; and research associates Eilis O’Reilly and An Pan. Pan now works at the National University of Singapore.


People have known for a long time that coffee fights depression, and coffee drinkers are less likely to commit suicde, I have heard that in some studies coffee drinkers were 85% less likely to commit suicide.

And in some places where it is cold and gloomy people need to drink more coffee, such as in Alaska, and in other places where it is cold and gloomy and rainy, etc. Every shop in cold and gloomy areas should have a coffee pot with paper cups and free coffee for everyone, and everywhere you go there should be coffee. As the coffee drinking rises, the suicides will go down.

Also, coffee drinking needs to increase on Native American Indian reservations, including with teens.

And plus coffee is a social drink, and people can talk about their problems while drinking coffee with other people.


Tony V.

Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: FlyingVProd on January 18, 2019, 10:30:33 AM
Two great American psychologists were Abraham Maslow, and Carl Rogers...


Tony V.
Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: FlyingVProd on February 01, 2019, 07:20:15 PM
Be Well Mental Health Facility Will Be First Of Its Kind

The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved $16.6 million on the design and construction of the 60,000 square foot mental health campus.

By Ashley Ludwig, Patch Staff | Jan 29, 2019 4:50 pm ET
SANTA ANA, CA — The Be Well OC coalition along with the Orange County Board of Supervisors celebrated their collective success with the approval of financing and design of the Be Well Mental Health Center in the City of Orange.

"This is a historic day in Orange County," Supervisor Andrew Do said of the Be Well OC Behavioral Health Services facility planned for 265 S. Anita Drive.

The board approved plans to spend $16.6 million on the design and construction of the 60,000-square-foot mental health campus. Officials estimate the construction costs could be up to $40 million with the budget shared by the county and other local mental health stakeholders.

The Be Well OC coalition includes public and private mental health stakeholders such as CalOptima, the public insurance program for the needy, area hospitals, nonprofits and faith-based organizations.

The overarching goal of Be Well OC is to establish a coordinated, countywide behavioral health service system," according to a county staff report to the board.

The board bypassed bidding for the project since officials concluded it would not reduce the cost.

The project is a "joint collaboration that is going to be a beacon for the nation," Do said. "We no longer view mental health and services in separate baskets. We no longer see patients through the prism of is it the Healthcare Agency, or CalOptima, or private insurance companies. We no longer view our community in such disparate ways... We will see the community for what it is -- a community. Come one, come all and we'll sort out the payment system later."

Do praised city of Orange officials for "stepping up" and accepting the Anita Drive facility "despite some questions from their residents."

Do said the project comprises a "critical piece of the system of care we are building," which includes shelters and housing for the county's transients.

Orange County Board Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett called it a "monumental day for our county," and added she supported the project because "I've always been a big fan of public-private partnerships."

"We will open the doors and welcome everyone that needs help for mental health, and to have all the components of mental health on one campus is kind of mind-boggling," she said.

Bartlett called it a "mental health ecosystem."
She added, "It is truly amazing and something we should be proud of. There's nothing like it in the state of California. This could be a template. This is something where I tell you other counties are watching what we're doing and Orange County is taking the lead on so many things."

Supervisor Doug Chaffee also praised the project.
"It is a need that has been long neglected," Chaffee said. "It can be a national model."

City News Service contributed to this report


As we get the homeless people off of the streets and into housing, we are having to deal with a lot of mental health issues, and we are going to need state of the art mental health centers. 

Helping the homeless is also creating a lot of desperately needed jobs, this mental health center is going to create a lot of good jobs. 


Tony V. 
Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: josh on February 02, 2019, 03:30:07 PM
Thanks, Tony!
Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: FlyingVProd on February 12, 2019, 04:52:51 PM
Thanks, Tony!

You are welcome, Josh. It is nice to see good, healthy progress happening in regard to helping the homeless and the mentally ill. There is still a long way to go, but progress is happening.


Tony V.
Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: barton on March 19, 2019, 12:33:42 AM
Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: josh on March 19, 2019, 11:31:58 PM

Color me skeptical for the time being.

Thanks for the post.
Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: FlyingVProd on March 29, 2019, 10:20:17 PM
Orange County is doing a great job on helping the homeless, Los Angeles and others can learn from the OC...


Tony V.
Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: FlyingVProd on April 10, 2019, 04:35:32 PM
OC Apparently Left Millions in Homeless Health & Housing Grants on the Table

Orange County has missed out on millions of state and federal taxpayer dollars to address its growing homelessness by not being assertive enough in preparing for and seeking the funds, according to a federal judge and interviews with people who closely follow county homelessness policy.

Smaller counties than OC have asked for and received tens of millions more in funding for preventative health and housing programs that studies have shown save taxpayer dollars overall, help homeless people get off the streets, and save lives.

And by applying for and receiving less funds, Orange County taxpayers appear to have been subsidizing other parts of the state rather than bringing back a proportionate share of funding.

County officials say they’re doing their best in applying for grants the county is eligible for. Others say Orange County is now playing catch-up under outside pressure, and should be eligible for more money than it’s getting, after years of the Board of Supervisors historically not making a high priority out of seeking funding for homeless services.


Orange County is doing a great job helping the homeless, but much more can be done, and there is much more money available.


Tony V.
Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: FlyingVProd on April 17, 2019, 07:55:58 PM
City of Anaheim- Municipal Government
45 mins ·

Last night the City Council approved the 2030 Neighborhood Investment Program.

The program, which Mayor Harry Sidhu announced at his State of the City address, pledges us to invest $250 million in Anaheim neighborhoods in the next 10 years.

"For years, the promise of Anaheim has been that as our economy thrives, our people will thrive with it," Mayor Sidhu said. "We have done a good job of meeting this promise, but we can do better. This initiative focuses the benefits of Anaheim’s growth on the priorities and desires of our neighborhoods."

Learn more:


Part of how the city of Anaheim gets funding is from the people of the city owning the electric company, and when Disneyland and others pay their electricity bills then some of the money goes into the city's general fund to be used to help the homeless, and to build new parks, and put in new train stations, the people can use the money from the general fund however they want.

Other cities can learn from Anaheim, and as everyone goes green, each area can own its own power company, and part of the money can go into a general fund to be used to help the homeless, and to build new parks, and other things that the people want. Puerto Rico can copy Anaheim and can own its own power company as they go green, and Australia and others can do it too.

People can benefit from the new green economy, as Anaheim is right now, and the homeless people can be helped, and the children can be fed, and good things can happen.


Tony V.
Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: FlyingVProd on June 25, 2019, 07:16:07 PM
Coffee has recently been shown to help people to burn fat.

So, there is the way right there to get teenage girls to drink coffee, teenage girls all want to be thin, and along with burning fat, coffee has also been shown to lower the risk of suicide, and the boys are going to drink coffee with the girls at the coffee shops, so suicides are going to be lowered for teenagers, and if they drink coffee for their lifetimes then there is a lifetime reduction in suicides.

Also, if you drink alcohol, coffee cleans your liver. So coffee is good for a lot of things.


Tony V.
Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: FlyingVProd on February 07, 2020, 03:01:47 PM
My Uncle Dennis was an ex-convict, and after he got out of prison the last time he went to work helping a Christian charity which housed and helped ex-convicts as they came out of prison, Live Again, they had a camp in Lake Hughes and stuff where he worked, and he managed a thrift store and stuff. Anyhow, he joked that when he died he was going to leave me a mansion full of ex-convicts to help. May he rest in peace.


Tony V.

Title: Re: Mental Health and Treatment
Post by: FlyingVProd on March 07, 2020, 04:47:24 PM
If you want to help the homeless, then instead of sending a cop with a badge and a gun, we need to send a trained Social Worker with a bottle of water and a sandwich. We need to have professionals who are trained to help the homeless, Social Workers, and Psychiatrists, etc, instead of pushing that responsibility onto the cops.

And we need a Homelessness Crisis Intervention Office at City Hall staffed with trained professionals who know how to best help the homeless.


Tony V.