NAMI-Wood River Valley
PO Box 95, Hailey, ID 83333
Health & Welfare Bellevue Office Closes
The State of Idaho has closed the Bellevue office, effectively eliminating State mental health services in Blaine County.
The Community Mental Health Task Force
A coalition has formed of every organization and agency, as well as private practitioners, to develop strategies and solutions to provide services for those who used the Health & Welfare office.
NAMI-WRV is represented on the task force, and is committed to finding solutions.
It will take some time for the Task Force to fill some of the voids. Be patient.
Call Tom Hanson (720-3337) if you want additional information or would like to join the Task Force.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is an anxiety disorder than can develop after a person witnesses a traumatic event. A traumatic event can take many forms, including a natural disaster, sexual abuse, or a terrorist attack such as 9/11, but for veterans, PTSD is most often related to combat or military exposure.
In wars prior to Vietnam, the disorder was referred to as “shell shock” or “battle fatigue” and was not very well understood beyond the fact that it limited the soldier’s performance on the battlefield. Nowadays the disorder is more widely studied. We know, for example, that PTSD can lead to other mental health problems, such as depression, social withdrawal, and substance abuse.
The effects can also be long-term. According to the National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, 1 in 3 people who develop PTSD will always have some symptoms.
The good news is that more resources and treatments are available. Some treatments, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), are new and emerging. Others, such as Virtual Iraq, an exposure therapy-type video game, are still in development.
Our PTSD section for veterans includes resources where you can find out more about PTSD, learn about treatments, and read about how PTSD affects families and children of veterans.
Go to the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs website www.ptsd.va.gov.
BULLYING IN OUR SCHOOLS
- Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power.
- Bullying can include hitting, punching, name-calling, intimidation, and social exclusion, or sending insulting messages via E-mail.
- Studies show that 15-25% of students have been bullied frequently.
- Students who have been bullied may fear going to school or even skip school to avoid the tormentor.
- Children & youth who are bullied are more likely to be depressed, lonely, anxious, have low self-esteem, and complain of not feeling well.
- Research shows that bullying can be a sign of other antisocial or violent behavior.
- Bullies are more likely to get into frequent fights, vandalize, steal property, drink alcohol, smoke, be truant from school, or drop out of school.
- 25% percent of teachers see nothing wrong with bullying.
- Students often feel that adult intervention is infrequent and unhelpful.
- Students feel that telling adults about being bullied will only bring more harassment.
You can find additional information from
SAMHSA-Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
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