Mental Health Summit Focuses On Veterans


5, 2013. September 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM BETH HENDRICKS The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON — Seeing a 45 percent increase in veterans seeking mental health care services over the past five years, Dr. Janine Shaw, chief of mental health of the Huntington VA Medical Center, decided it was necessary to act. Shaw led Thursday’s inaugural mental health summit at the medical center and was joined by 100 representatives of community organizations and mental health care providers. She said she hopes the collaborative effort will result in a team approach to providing care for area veterans. “Our goal was to bring the community into the VA to work together for the benefit of veterans and their families,” Shaw said.
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Health minister says mental health trust needs to answer questions following tragic death of Norwich man

Matthew Dunham took his life in the Castle Mall shopping centre in Norwich. Questions are being asked of the mental health service which was treating him. Photo: Supplied

While bosses at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust have said they will learn lessons following the tragic death of Matthew Dunham, the trust has yet to explain exactly what went wrong to cause what a coroner described as fundamental deficiencies in his treatment. The trust said it has taken steps to improve care since the tragedy, and acknowledges two main issues were a delay in Mr Dunham receiving an appointment and information not being shared appropriately between clinical teams, but bosses have been reluctant to elaborate on the reasons for the failures. And North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, whose portfolio as health minister includes mental health services, said the situation sounded chaotic and the trust should explain itself. Mr Dunham, 25, a web designer who lived in St Augustines Street in Norwich, jumped to his death in the citys Castle Mall on May 9. He had been rated a seven out of 10 suicide risk by one practitioner at the mental health trust, but two other workers in contact with him were not able to access that information.
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Now Medical Student Training Will Involve LGBT Mental Health

The Department of Health and Human Services announced earlier this year that as part of its continued efforts to tackling the specific health problems LGBTs face, it had awarded a grant $556K to the Feinberg School of Medicine to embark on a first of its kind clinical psychology internship track focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health. The program will allow participants a wide variety of training opportunities across the fields of health, research, education and services, all with the aim of equipping trainees so they are, as Northwestern describes, culturally competent and capable of delivering evidence-based mental healthcare. In particular, interns will be given the opportunity to participate in rotations that include training to meet the needs of LGBT clients; working with gay and bisexual men who are dealing with HIV/AIDS and the specific mental health challenges that arise as a result; providing care to low income LGBTs who are dealing with serious mental health issues; and contributing to LGBT public health research and services. At $556,000, the program might sound expensive.
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