Catch up on all the news related to mental health and psychiatry from last week!
A new study has found that suicide occurs more often in rural regions than urban centers. The article below investigates some of the reasons those who live in smaller, more remote towns, are at higher risk of suicide including higher rates of gun ownership, avoiding seeking help due to a lack of privacy, and most especially a lack of access to mental health services and supports. The article also speaks to addressing the issue of access through integrating mental health into family medicine practices and utilizing telepsychiatry.
"Rural suicide arises from all the circumstances Ms. Barrasso noted and more. Despite a sleepy “Mayberry” sort of image, the realities of small-town life can take an outsize toll on the vulnerable. A combination of lower incomes, greater isolation, family issues and health problems can lead people to be consumed by day-to-day struggles, said Emily Selby-Nelson, a psychologist at Cabin Creek Health Systems, which provides health care in the rural hills of West Virginia.
“Rather than say, ‘I need help,’ they keep working and they get overwhelmed. They can start to think they are a burden on their family and lose hope.”"
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As part of the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign, in June, 13 recommendations were made by the Canadian Psychiatric Association and its working group partners, the @Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CACAP) and the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry (CAGP) for the field of psychiatry.
One of the main recommendations included how first-line treatments for insomnia should not include routine use of antipsychotics, and rather should be focused on non-pharmacological options including sleep hygiene and behavioural techniques.
Other recommendations also comment on treatments for ADHD, depression, and dementia, as well as on using benzodiazepines in acute care, and ordering toxicology screens on psychiatric patients. For the full list check out the link here: http://www.cpa-apc.org/media.php?mid=2240
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