Dr. Murthy Disscusses Mental Health Reccommendations

  Dr. Murthy, the Surgeon General of the US, discussed Children’s Mental Health on Fareed Zacharia Broadcast on Sunday, 12/26/21.  He made the following great recommendations:  Children have suffered losses throughout the pandemic which has caused them stress. Let children know that it is OK to ask for help. Give children openings to discuss their… Continue reading Dr. Murthy Disscusses Mental Health Reccommendations

6 Recommendations to Prevent School Shootings

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We have had 31 school shootings so far in 2021. The recent tragic events at Oxford High School will generate dialogue that can prevent school shootings.  Going forward there are some things school personnel and mental health providers can do to prevent school shootings. Evaluate every child that threatens to harm another person to determine… Continue reading 6 Recommendations to Prevent School Shootings

Gov. Hogan Proclamation Supporting Mental Health

For Mental Health awareness week, Gov. Hogan issued a proclamation recognizing the association of trauma with mental and behavioral health issues.  He stated that all mental health services should identify any trauma which requires treatment to support the treatment of any mental health issues. I recommend that the ACE’s Questionnaire in any of its variants… Continue reading Gov. Hogan Proclamation Supporting Mental Health

https://www.thetrace.org/

I started out with the idea of summarizing information about the Trace newsletter that I receive, but I decided this organization was too important to minimize.  So, here is the link to a publication dedicated entirely to a broader perspective on violence prevention, http://thetrace.org    

2020 had significant increase over 2019 in murders

The New Your Times reported, “The United States experienced its biggest one-year increase on record in murders in 2020, according to new figures released Monday by the F.B.I., with some cities hitting record highs.” I am sure that the pandemic had some effect on the US violence rate in 2020.  However, prevention and treatment of… Continue reading 2020 had significant increase over 2019 in murders

Copy of a Letter of Inquiry on Disallowed Mental Health Diagnoses

I have a copy of a list of non-allowed MH diagnoses in Maryland that I find disturbing.  I do not know if Optum or BHA make these decisions. I want to raise the issue of re-evaluation of these non-allowed diagnoses such as post-partum depression (F53) and eating disorders (F50.01 & F50.02) and Bulemia (F50.2).  I… Continue reading Copy of a Letter of Inquiry on Disallowed Mental Health Diagnoses

Approaching Violence Prevention Through a Public Health Lens

See how the CDC is pushing for a health approach to violence prevention.  I received this email from cure violence global at cvg.org. “We continue to witness the shifting of the paradigm related to treating violence as a health issue. Most recently, we see this in the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) prioritization of funding… Continue reading Approaching Violence Prevention Through a Public Health Lens

Reducing Stress

Ben Warrington has created a site with ideas for reducing stress. He focuses on Grad School students, but his ideas are good.  He is now following the CARE2 site.  Visit for ideas about stress reduction. https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/194665907 Some Days Will Be Hard DR. Kathy

Mindfulness apps help teens with depression and anxiety

Youth are very attuned to phone apps.  I found the following on Linked In. ” Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF)20,380 followers2h • 2 hours ago A free #smartphone app providing brief #mindfulness training sessions helped young teens ruminate less. Repetitive and negative self-focused thinking, often concerning stressful or negative past events, is often seen in #anxiety and #depression. http://ow.ly/onR350G3XAV“ I (Dr. Kathy)… Continue reading Mindfulness apps help teens with depression and anxiety

Public Comment on Civil Committment in Maryland

Comments on Civil Commitment Changes being considered in Maryland. By Dr. Kathryn Seifert, CEO of ESPS, Salisbury, MD Civil commitment due to dangerousness has three concepts that must be fully defined and understood before making decisions about what should be included in any related regulatory or legislative changes.  These concepts are dangerousness, civil commitment, the… Continue reading Public Comment on Civil Committment in Maryland