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Category : Autism

Peer Support: Making a Difference for People with Mental Illness

Peer support refers to people with the same types of problems helping each other. The concept of peer support has been used for many years among people with addictions, for example in Alcoholic Anonymous where people with “lived experience” help others to recover. The use of peer support with people with mental illness is more recent, particularly peer support in a professional capacity as part of the mental health care team.

Navigating the Array of Autism Treatments: A New Guide for Parents

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) recently produced a guide for parents that provides a good place to start. While it clearly can’t provide all the answers that will be different for every individual child, it provides a good overview of options available, potential risks and benefits, questions to ask, and treatments to avoid.

Would Access to Your Doctor’s Notes be Good for Mental Health Care?

You may be familiar with online access to your medical records and possibly to your doctor’s notes. More than 12 million Americans now have online access to their health care provider’s clinical notes. This access is referred to as OpenNotes.

Virtual Reality: Expanding Use in Mental Health Treatment

Virtual reality technology is also used in simulators for training and it is increasingly being used to help people with mental illness. While it has been used for some time treating people with phobias, advances in technology and greater availability are facilitating expanded use in mental health treatment.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry Work to Raise Awareness about Mental Health

In January, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry spoke at an awareness-raising event at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts on the latest plans for their Heads Together campaign. They have been outspoken advocates for mental health for some time. While their efforts are primarily in the United Kingdom, their influence is international.