ACA’s first counselor compensation study reports varied pay, good benefits

Mental health counselors struggle with lower paying jobs in various areas of the country.

"The American Counseling Association recently released its 2014 counselor compensation survey, the organization’s first large-scale effort to determine the salary levels, health care and other benefits earned by those in the counseling profession.

The project determined that the average primary salary for counselor educators is $66,405 annually. Rehabilitation counselors make $53,561 on average annually, while school counselors have an average salary of $53,299 per year. Mental health, clinical mental health and community counselors were found to have the lowest average annual salary at $40,422. All other counselor specialties were put into the category “other,” which was determined to have an average primary salary of $51,074 annually."

http://ct.counseling.org/2014/09/acas-first-counselor-compensation-study-reports-varied-pay-good-benefits/

Private Effort to Address Veterans' Mental Health Needs Could Aid VA Health Care Reform

A unique partnership to support private efforts to provide mental health services to veterans and their families could provide a model for similar efforts should federal officials decide to expand privately provided health care as part of reform of the VA health system, according to a new RAND Corporation report.

http://www.rand.org/news/press/2014/09/18.html

‘They’re Still At War When They Come Home’: Soldier’s Mother Struggles With His Suicide

For Tammy Sprague Gallagher of Raynham, this has become a daily ritual. She spends a few moments in front of her dresser, which is covered with pictures of her son, Joaquin Pereira Jr., and his military medals.

Pereira was 25 when he died by suicide last October.

http://www.wbur.org/2014/09/19/jack-pereira-national-guard

As many as 80,000 veterans with PTSD could gain discharge upgrades

As many as 80,000 veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress and received Other Than Honorable discharges can use evidence of their PTSD to petition service boards to upgrade the bad paper discharge. At stake for individuals is removal of lifelong stigmas that have scarred reputations, limited job prospects and blocked critical veteran benefits.

http://www.stripes.com/as-many-as-80-000-veterans-with-ptsd-could-gain-discharge-upgrades-1.303738

 

 

Massachusetts Army National Guard Is Fighting A War Against Suicide

Here is a really good example about how the Army National Guard is tackling the problem of suicide among its service members.

"Two years ago, Radke was living with his wife and two young children in the moldy basement of his parents’ house. He had recently returned from 2 1/2 years of training, deployment to Afghanistan and post-deployment treatment. He was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury — with mood swings, massive headaches, dizziness and sleep problems. He had missed the birth of his first son, who was now a toddler and barely recognized him. His wife was upset he had been gone so long. He says he had been denied Social Security disability benefits and had long waiting periods for medical appointments at the VA hospital..."

http://www.wbur.org/2014/09/18/massachusetts-national-guard-suicide

 

NHIT Week: Realizing the full potential of telehealth

The potential of telehealth is tremendous. The shortage of providers in both healthcare and mental health care is well known. Legislators and Health Insurers are starting to tackle the issue of licensure across state lines so that eventually, those in remote areas or with special needs (or who prefer this modality for clinical or other reasons) could essentially "visit" their therapist or physician on their computer screen.

http://www.govhealthit.com/blog/nhit-week-realizing-full-potential-telehealth

Caregivers of family members newly diagnosed with mental illness at risk for anxiety

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing, who studied the emotional distress of caring for a family member diagnosed with a mental illness, found anxiety is high for the primary caregiver at the initial diagnosis or early in the course of the illness and decreases over time.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-09-caregivers-family-members-newly-mental.html

USF College of Nursing Study

They served our country, but some military veterans find themselves having problems at home, because of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The USF College of Nursing is doing research on a new therapy for PTSD called Accelerated Resolution Therapy. More veterans are needed to participate in the study. Veterans can receive the therapy for free. If you or someone you know are interested call the USF College of Nursing at (813) 974-9310

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/outreach/2014/09/15/ptsd-veterans-usf-nursing/15687759/

Marine Hotline Helps Battle Buddies Overcome Crises:

Marine Hotline Helps Battle Buddies Overcome Crises: The DSTRESS Line provides anonymous counseling services to Marines and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The calls are fielded by veteran Marines and their family members, as well as licensed clinical counselors who have learned about the Corps.

http://www.health.mil/News/Articles/2014/09/09/Marine-Hotline-Helps-Battle-Buddies-Overcome-Crises