mental health

Sweetser

Maine mental health provider Sweetser has announced it is ending its clinic-based therapy program, which will affect 450 children and adults.

A new working group kicked off its first meeting in Augusta Friday morning to review Maine's mental health system and make recommendations for improvements.

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On Friday, Mike Grendell of Dixmont will appear before a judge to ask for a suspended sentence in an unusual case.

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center

Two Lewiston hospitals have undertaken corrective action after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid found they were turning away mentally ill patients in crisis from their emergency departments without adequate medical screenings or stabilizing treatment. Both hospitals were found to be in violation of a federal law that is intended to protect patients experiencing medical emergencies.

Exercise and Mental Health: How Do They Correlate?

Aug 16, 2018
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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (July 9, 2018); no calls will be taken.

For years, scientists and researchers have been extolling the benefits of exercise to our physical well being. Now they are discovering the positive impacts physical activity has on mental health. We’ll discuss ways to get more exercise into your life and how it can help you feel better – both physically and psychologically.

 

Guests:  Scott Douglas, contributing editor for Runner’s World.  He’s also been the editor of Running Times and Runner’s World news channel.  He’s the author of eight books.  His most recent is Running is My Therapy.

Glenn Stevenson is associate professor of psychology and program coordinator for neuroscience at the University of New England.  His expertise includes how exercise duration and frequency can impact biological markers associated with mood. His research expertise is in the areas of exercise-pain-cognition interaction, pharmacology, and neuroscience.

Kate Foley is the fitness manager at OceanView at Falmouth. Kate has worked in cardiac rehabilitation at both York Hospital and Maine Medical Center and has worked at Maine Medical Partners Cardiology. She has also coached middle school, high school and college sports and enjoys swimming, running and yoga.

 

Exercise and Mental Health: How Do They Correlate?

Jul 9, 2018
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For years scientists and researchers have been extolling the benefits of exercise to our physical well being. Now they are discovering the positive impacts physical activity has on mental health.  We’ll discuss ways to get more exercise into your life and how it can help you feel better—both physically and psychologically.

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After the school shooting in Florida this week, President Trump vowed to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health.” But the president's proposed budget would cut many programs that provide mental health services.

President Trump's proposed budget does include some increases in funding for mental health. However, Dale Hamilton of Community Health and Counseling Services, says the overall takeaway for Maine is that “President Trump's budget will not advance access to mental health services.”

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Nearly one in five American adults—43.8 million people—experienced some type of diagnosable mental illness in 2013. State and national news stories quite regularly feature people who are surprised by the acts of others they thought they knew. Sadly, there is a stigma that prevents many from getting the help they need. We’ll discuss attempts to overcome this stigma and the role of community mental health services.

Personality Disorders

Jul 6, 2017
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Two psychiatric experts discuss the range of personality disorders that affect young people to adults, including how to recognize and treat them, and how to differentiate between personality and temperament.

Guests: Dr. Robyn Ostrander, Interim Chief of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center

Dr. Dan Price, Director, General Psychiatry Residency, Maine Medical Center

Mental Health Issues

Feb 15, 2017
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Two leading psychiatrists address the current research and treatment for a range of psychiatric issues, from anxiety to seasonal disorders to dealing with grief--and they answer your mental health questions.  How much anxiety is normal during stressful societal times? What is narcissism, and how does it affects someone's relationships and behavior? Does the winter bring on seasonal affective disorder and sleep disorders? And we answer listener's questions about psychiatric issues.

Sheryl Lee could be in Danger of Losing Access to Mental Health Care
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Some state-funded Medicaid services that support thousands of people with severe mental illness could disappear if proposed rate cuts are approved. Providers who help people say they can’t absorb a proposed 25% reduction in reimbursement rates. Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services says the rates aren’t final, but at least one provider is already cutting back.

Everyday tasks like going to the grocery store, can feel insurmountable for 63-year-old Sheryl Lee. She has bipolar disorder, anxiety, and PTSD.

Last month's mass shooting near a California college campus has revitalized Congress' efforts to reform the country's mental health system. One bill from 2013 that's getting renewed attention is the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Among other things, the law would loosen patient privacy rules to give family members more of a say in the care of loved ones with mental illness. But mental health advocates in Maine oppose the idea of chipping away at patient rights.

There is one place in Maine where individuals with mental illness can stay overnight, surrounded by peer support, when they're in emotional distress. The Learning and Recovery Center in Brunswick serves as an alternative to emergency rooms and crisis centers. But after 10 years, the Center will close at the end of June due to a lack of funding. Some advocates fear the trend could continue.

The Learning and Recovery Center offers peer services to those with mental illness. That means everyone who works at the center has struggled with mental wellness.

We've all heard about first aid training to help someone in physical distress. Whether someone is bleeding, choking, or unconscious, there's an established protocol for such emergencies. But what if someone is in mental distress? That's an area that's a bit murkier. There’s a movement to train citizens in Mental Health First Aid, and today about 20 Mainers had their first lesson.

Mindfulness

Apr 15, 2014
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Explore why the art of being mindful is now embraced as a means to improve job performance, personal relationships as well as physical and mental health.

If you think of practicing mindfulness and/or meditation as something only Zen Buddhists do you're wrong. Although these practices do have ancient roots, modern research is showing they have multiple benefits, including stress reduction, lowering the heart rate, improving memory, reducing emotional responses and, some say, making practitioners more effective at work.

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