This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.
To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)
Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:
Benzodiazepines linked to dementia risk: cause for concern or lacking causality?
The Mental Elf (Laurence Palfreyman)
"possible direct association, even if... use might also be an early indicator of a condition associated with an increased risk of dementia... another reason to avoid... other than very short term relief of insomnia or anxiety..."Cyberbullying and mental health in young people
The Mental Elf (Elly O'Brien)
"Cyberbullying uniquely relates to internalizing, externalizing, and substance use problems in adolescents... Family dinners... likely part of a wider set... environment... positive effect on young people’s overall mental health..."
"teens still use substances at unsafe levels... the earlier they start, the more likely it is that they’ll develop substance use disorders as they mature... Introduction to SBIRT for Adolescents... self-paced, online training is free..."We are at the beginning of a revolution…
"parallels between the current state of health data tracking and the trajectory of adoption we saw in the early days of internet... 40%...with 1 condition are trackers... 62%... with 2+ conditions...significant impact on health... "
Bullying Prevention Resource Guide
MSW@USC (Gabriela Acosta)
"Bullying prevention is a community responsibility. To combat it requires proper intervention and a collective effort... The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts... some great resources..."Death Notices
What a Shrink Thinks (Martha Crawford, LCSW)
"in order to support the bereaved, we must, on some level enter into an internal relationship to the deceased ourselves, to understand who they were... tie up the loose ends left behind with the living..."