May 7, 2013 Tom Doub, Ph.D., CEO, Centerstone Research Institute
It is time to challenge our current notions of diagnosis and seek a better understanding of the biological foundations of the brain so that we may develop more effective treatments and even cures. If successful, this agenda will move mental health into the mainstream of health, where it belongs.
Lately I have been noticing on several occasions people admonishing others that something is not being done "the right way". This implies that there is only one way to do that particular thing "right" and that the person speaking is in possession of all possible knowledge about the different ways of doing that "thing" and which is the "right' way in this particular instance.
Psychiatric inpatient suicides accounted for nearly ten times more deaths than mass killings (7,500 vs. 774) in five recent years. Yet hospitals still resist making the financial commitment to provide suicide resistant improvements that might help reduce both numbers.
Current thinking among some leaders in the field of behavioral health care design is now that curtains of all types should be eliminated from the patient environment. This includes curtains at windows, showers and privacy curtains in multi-patient rooms.
In opening her 28th Symposium on Mental Health Policy, Rosalynn Carter marveled at the field's progress, noting that "the overwhelming majority of people with mental illnesses will recover if only they get help."
A study published in the journal Nature reported that a special “get out the vote” Facebook posting that showed pictures of friends, who said they had already voted, generated 340,000 additional votes in the 2010 congressional elections.