Asian American Teenage Girls Have Highest Rates of Depression; NAMI Releases Report

Asian American Teenage Girls Have Highest Rates of Depression; NAMI Releases Report











Arlington, VA (PRWEB) February 16, 2011

Asian American teenage girls have the highest rate of depressive symptoms of any racial, ethnic or gender group according to a report released today by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

The report is based on a “listening session” with mental health experts from different Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities held in Los Angeles in November 2010.

Key issues in the report include barriers to mental health services and negative perceptions of mental health problems particular to AAPI communities.

The report highlights statistics from the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and National Asian Women’s Health Organization (NAWHO) posing concern.


    Asian American girls have the highest rates of depressive symptoms of any racial/ethnic or gender group;
    Young Asian American women ages 15 to 24 die from suicide at a higher rate than other racial/ethnic groups;
    Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death among Asian Americans overall, compared to the ninth leading cause of death for white Americans;
    Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over 65; and
    Among Southeast Asians, 71 percent meet criteria for major affective disorders such as depression—with 81 percent among Cambodians and 85 percent among Hmong.

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders represent a rich diversity of languages and cultures” said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. “They include traditions from China, India, Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines to name only a few. Mental health care must recognize cultural differences as well as common concerns inside our broader national community.”

Recommendations include:

    A national strategy of outreach and engagement using cultural messages, ambassadors and social media;
    A linguistically and culturally responsive mental health workforce, including recruitment of bilingual and bicultural members of the AAPI community; and.
    Recognition of cultural influences such as tight-knit family connections and individual and family desires to avoid stigma and shame from seeking treatment.

NAMI’s Multicultural Action Center convened the listening session. Participants included:

    Asian American Studies Program; California State University
    Asian Health Coalition
    Center for Education Empowerment
    Charles B Wang Community Health Center
    Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
    Chinese American Mental Health Outreach Program (NAMI New Jersey)
    Lehigh University
    NAMI Orange County
    NAMI San Diego
    NAMI San Francisco
    Pacific Clinics
    Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services
    Rams Inc.
    U.C.-Davis School of Medicine
    Rethink BPD
    San Mateo County Health Department
    Union of Pan-Asian Communities and
    Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1,100 state and local affiliates engaged in research, education, support and advocacy.

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NAMI Report Card Shows Nation’s Mental Heathcare System in Need of Stimulus Funding

NAMI Report Card Shows Nation’s Mental Heathcare System in Need of Stimulus Funding










Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 18, 2009

America’s mental health system is in dire need of a stimulus. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) gave the nation’s mental health care system a D grade on its state-by-state report card, issued March 11, 2009. The national average grade represents an average of each state’s individual grade for a number of different aspects of mental health care, including awareness, funding and improvement over time.

“The NAMI report card confirms what the National Council is hearing from community mental health centers that treat people with mental illnesses around the country. We are seeing treatment center after treatment center experiencing increased demand while receiving fewer resources. Clearly, years of federal and state neglect coupled with the economic downturn have caught up with us,” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

State grades for 2009 include six Bs, 18 Cs, 21 Ds and six Fs, based on 65 specific criteria involving every aspect of a state’s mental health treatment and support services. Although fourteen states improved their grades, 12 states fell backward since NAMI’s last report card in 2006. The national average remained a D.

“At a time of increasing demand for services, community mental health centers have shown amazing commitment and creativity. These mental health organizations have proven remarkably resourceful, searching for alternative funding sources and implementing quality improvement measures in order to serve more individuals without added resources — but it is time for a bailout. The evidence in NAMI’s report card will help us rally the call to reinstate and strengthen state and federal funding for mental health resources nationwide,” said Director of State Policy at the National Council Chris Loftis.

The National Council commends NAMI for undertaking the extensive task of grading the states and endorses the report’s key recommendations. Many of these recommendations are closely aligned with the National Council’s 2009 policy agenda:

    Increasing funding for mental health services.
    Ensuring people with serious mental illnesses get care for their physical health problems.
    Replacing confusing and erratic state data collection efforts with uniform national standards.
    Offering incentives to address the workforce shortage.
    Implementing a coherent response to treatment non-adherence.

For more information about how the National Council is advocating for community mental health organizations around the country, please visit http://www.TheNationalCouncil.org.

About The National Council:

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) association of 1,600 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country. The National Council and its members bear testimony to the fact that medical, social, psychological and rehabilitation services offered in community settings help people with mental illnesses and addictions disorders recover and lead productive lives. Learn more at http://www.TheNationalCouncil.org.

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Mental Health Advocacy Group NAMI Issues Statement on Psychiatric Bed Shortage Report

Mental Health Advocacy Group NAMI Issues Statement on Psychiatric Bed Shortage Report










Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 20, 2008

National Alliance on Mental Illness statement: “Significant reductions in inpatient psychiatric beds, coupled with shortages of appropriate community services and supports for people with the most severe mental illnesses, has led to a crisis in America. Today, in many parts of the country, people with severe mental illness do not have access to necessary treatment either in hospitals or in the community. This has contributed significantly to increases in homelessness, criminalization, suicides, and other adverse consequences of neglect. On March 19, 2008, The Treatment Advocacy Center released a report focusing on one important dimension of this crisis – sharp decreases in public hospital beds for persons with mental illness.”

This report can be accessed at http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/Reportbedshortage.htm.

NAMI’s Grading the States 2006 report also describes the crisis in America’s public mental health system and the reasons for this crisis, including the non-existence of evidence based mental health services in many communities and major shortages in qualified mental health professionals throughout the country. This report can be accessed at http://www.nami.org/grades.

NAMI national experts are available for media interviews on this and related mental health issues upon request.

About NAMI:

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

NAMI Web Resources:

NAMI newsroom

NAMI state & local offices

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Six HealthLine Systems? Clients Selected For 2011-12 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll

Six HealthLine Systems’ Clients Selected For 2011-12 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll












(PRWEB) July 25, 2011

A place on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll is reserved for medical centers that demonstrate unusually strong expertise across multiple specialties, scoring at or near the top in at least six of 16 specialties. U.S. News & World Report analyzed virtually every hospital/medical center in the United States in 16 specialties.

For 2011-12 only 140 of the 4,825 hospitals that were evaluated performed well enough to rank in even one specialty. And of those 140, just 17 qualified for a spot on the Honor Roll by ranking at or near the top in six or more specialties. Six of these seventeen — or 35% — of these premiere Honor Roll organizations use one or more software solutions developed by HealthLine Systems (HLS).

HealthLine Systems’ CEO Dan Littrell commented: “We are proud of our clients included in the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. HealthLine Systems’ software solutions help clients improve access to care, move toward paperless provider credentialing, and document improvements in quality.”

HealthLine’s specialized software packages and consulting services assist clients to meet their unique challenges with physician credentialing, quality assurance, contact centers and managed care. HealthLine Systems is recognized as a leading supplier of provider data management software designed to promote healthcare standards, reduce costs and enhance patient satisfaction.

For additional information about the U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll, visit: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/best-hospitals/articles/2011/07/18/best-hospitals-2011-12-the-honor-roll

About HealthLine Systems

HealthLine Systems offers EchoCredentialing, Web-based credentialing and provider management software; EchoQuality, an integrated and comprehensive quality management software solution that supports patient safety and regulatory compliance initiatives and EchoAccess, healthcare’s first fully Web-enabled contact center solution with a Web-browser user interface. All product lines are offered as either hosted/cloud or as installed solutions.

HealthLine Systems client base represents over a thousand distinguished healthcare organizations in 50 states, Canada and Mexico. Incorporated in 1985, HealthLine is committed to provide peerless information management solutions to maximize the quality and delivery of healthcare services through technological innovation. For more information, visit HealthLine Systems’ website at http://www.healthlinesystems.com

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Eden Foods Declared a Hero in Extensively Researched Soy Report

Eden Foods Declared a Hero in Extensively Researched Soy Report












Clinton, Michigan (Vocus) June 12, 2009

Eden Foods achieved the highest score, 955 out of 1000, in the highest category of the Organic Soy Scorecard, a comprehensive evaluation carried out in a year and half’s research into the Social, Environmental, and Health Impacts of soy foods in North America. The Cornucopia Institute, an objective independent research and advocacy organization dedicated to preserving organic integrity and creating economic justice for family farmers, released the report May 18th. Eden Foods has never contributed a dime to them.

The Organic Soy Scorecard thoroughly evaluated 62 organic brands, only 7 were in the highest category. Of these Eden Foods was ranked the highest and was the only highest category brand available nationally. The leading national soy food brand scored zero. All brands were rated on ten criteria including sourcing, stringency of organic certifier, and prevention of GMO and chemical contamination. The “uncensored story” reports the brands most committed to organic integrity are independent companies who source exclusively and directly from North American family farms. Most large publicly traded corporations source soybeans from China and add soy protein isolate extracted with hexane, a neurotoxic petrochemical.

Every Eden soybean is grown by North American farmers who have multi-decade relationships with Eden. The farmers receive their money directly from Eden and are visited regularly. Great care is taken to avoid GMO contamination. Eden performs in-house testing on every load coming in, one of the very few companies, at great expense, to make this important effort. Eden is committed to using only pure, real-food ingredients and sources true vanilla, cocoa, and carob rather than artificial or so-called natural flavor additives.

The Organic Soy Scorecard shows organic standards are being circumvented as producers and corporations take short cuts achieving cheaper production. Eden Foods president Michael Potter said, “American organic food is at a crossroad. Will people accept a veneer of ‘organic’ and the erosion of what it means to be organic, or will they use the soy report to redirect their dollars demanding purity and quality? If the compromise of organic standards continues, there won’t be companies like Eden Foods.”

The Organic Soy Scorecard and full “Behind the Bean: The Heroes and Charlatans of the Natural and Organic Soy Foods Industry” report are available at http://www.cornucopia.org Eden Foods is a 41 year principled manufacturer of natural food offering more than 250 authentic, organic, traditional, , Pure foods. All are superb pantry fare. Information and over 900 free recipes are at http://www.edenfoods.com. Retailers, institutions, and co-ops, please visit us at access.edenfoods.com.

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