Saturday, December 27, 2008

72-Hour Observations

Weekend News

Army to establish mental health board
Since 2003, 15 Army recuiters have committed suicide, prompting the armed service to form a suicide prevention board. Their task will be to study the mental health of recruiters, one of the Army's most stressed-out job classes. Read more about it at The Fayetteville Observer.

Insurance and mental health
A study published in the December 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that psychiatric patients who insurance with a lower share of cost tended to get treatment more frequently. Read more about it the Washington Post.

But if they were in Afghanistan...
Mental health patients in that country are numerous, according to experts, but treatment is hard to come by. So Afghanistan sends its mentally ill to feed on bread, water and pepper at shrines, or chains them to trees. Read more at Related Content

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