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MSE Assists in Mental Health Evaluation

MSE Assists in Mental Health Evaluation

The mental health status examination (MSE) is an important component of assessing a person’s mental condition. It often is used in conjunction with a patient history and may provide a roadmap to further assessment. It combines the objective observations of the clinician, as well as descriptions provided

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Restricting Access from Means of Harm

Restricting Access from Means of Harm

When a person is considering suicide, or when they are exhibiting suicidal tendencies, it only makes sense that restricting access to the means for suicide might lead to a different outcome. Research shows just how important that is. Studies reported by the National Action Alliance for Suicide

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Hurricanes and Other Disasters Impact Mental Health—and Not Just for Those Directly Affected

Hurricanes and Other Disasters Impact Mental Health—and Not Just for Those Directly Affected

The constant threats of the impending disaster. The heartbreak as it unfolds. And then, the weariness as the impact is felt for weeks and months. Natural disasters—like the recent rash of hurricanes—can bring unexpected mental health challenges. This was proven during one of the nation’s most devastating

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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

If someone you know struggles with depression or thoughts of suicide, please have this phone number, 800-273-TALK, ready to share with him or her, because a representative is always available to talk, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Sadly, suicide is the tenth leading cause

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Home Safety Plans for People Challenged with Mental Illness

Home Safety Plans for People Challenged with Mental Illness

Benjamin Franklin is often credited with the idea that “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Winston Churchill said something similar. Regardless of who was the first to come up with the idea, it is solid wisdom. A good plan can make dealing with a crisis a

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Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque and Institute for Compassionate Community Provide Ethics Continuing Education

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque and Institute for Compassionate Community Provide Ethics Continuing Education

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque and Institute for Compassionate Community have partnered to provide continuing education units (CEUs) on ethics-related topics to social workers. The Ethics of Medical Cannabis and Intermediate Ethics will be held on Friday, September 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ethics

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De-escalation of Psychiatric Patients

De-escalation of Psychiatric Patients

It is becoming an all-too-familiar occurrence: a healthcare worker is violently attacked. According to the National Nurses Union, healthcare workers experience workplace violence at rates 5-12 times higher than the average employee. Mental health challenges can contribute to the problem. According to Reuters, 70 percent of staff

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Solar Eclipse Might Impact Mental Health

Solar Eclipse Might Impact Mental Health

It’s being billed as a “once in a lifetime” event—and with good reason. The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is rare in that it is only visible in the U.S. This hasn’t happened since the country was founded, USA Today says. While many of the articles and

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Lea Harrison, Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque’s Director of Business Development, Named to NAMI Board

Lea Harrison, Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque’s Director of Business Development, Named to NAMI Board

Lea Harrison, Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque’s Director of Business Development, was recently elected to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Mexico State Board. Nomination to the NAMI-New Mexico State Board is based on completed ballots by members of NAMI throughout New Mexico.  The newly

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Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety, or as it also classified, Social Phobia, is the extreme fear of being judged, analyzed and scrutinized by others in social or performance area situations.  The Anxiety and Depression Association of America claims that almost 15 million Americans suffer from some form of social anxiety

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