France launches flu vaccine campaign amid COVID-19 crisis

France has launched a flu vaccine campaign in an effort to avoid facing another epidemic peak as the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the country

Medical staff are advised to initially reserve it for priority patients, including people over 65, pregnant women and those suffering from respiratory illness and some other diseases. Others are advised to wait for December.

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Outcome Health Launches “Who Saves Me?” to Bring Awareness to the Crisis of Physician Burnout

CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Outcome Health today announced Who Saves Me?, a campaign to bring awareness to the overwhelming percentage of physicians who quietly suffer from burnout and mental health struggles. Supporting the campaign are Mental Health America (MHA), the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit promoting overall mental health, Black Mental Wellness, a virtual community dedicated to the mental health and wellness of black people of all ages.

Data aggregated by from research, studies and polls on mental health issues among healthcare professionals (HCPs) reveals that HCPs may be susceptible to burnout and potential depression due to a number of conflating factors that are hitting our healthcare system, including and especially related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The vast majority of HCPs (92 percent) say that they have felt burnt out at some point because of their job; nearly 75 percent of HCPs say that the pandemic has

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Covid Causing A Global Mental Health Crisis, Warns Red Cross

1 in 2 people suffering anxiety, depression during Covid.

By Samantha Walravens

As 2020 drags on and the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world, the number of people reporting mental health issues, including anxiety, depression and stress, has skyrocketed.

According to recent data, symptoms of anxiety and depressive disorders have more than tripled among U.S. adults compared to this time last year—with women and Black and Latinx communities most acutely impacted. 

And in a study released today, on World Mental Health Day, by the International Committee of the Red Cross (IRCR), over half — 51 percent — of respondents surveyed across seven countries reported that the global health crisis has negatively impacted their mental health.

The data are disturbing, but

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Community crisis mental health programs help keep people out of emergency rooms

SPRINGFIELD — Community crisis service programs can often help individuals struggling with a psychiatric emergency if no medical issue is involved.

“The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is working with providers like BHN to develop more community support and programs so fewer people will need inpatient level of care,” said Steve Winn, president and CEO of Behavioral Health Network.

That’s a priority at a time when many patients are forced to wait hours or days in a hospital emergency room before being admitted for inpatient psychiatric care. The phenomenon is called ER boarding, and health care professionals say it has gotten worse during the coronavirus pandemic and with the loss of psychiatric care beds in the region.

Winn said Behavioral Health Network recently opened a nine-bed “enhanced crisis stabilization unit” in Springfield.

“This helps keep people out of the ER or take people out of the ER who,

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Official Says Vaccine Expected in January, Countering Trump | America’s Medical Supply Crisis | FRONTLINE | PBS

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is part of an ongoing investigation by FRONTLINE, The Associated Press and the Global Reporting Centre that examines the deadly consequences of the fragmented worldwide medical supply chain and includes the film America’s Medical Supply Crisis.

A Trump administration official leading the response to the coronavirus pandemic says the U.S. can expect delivery of a vaccine starting in January 2021, despite statements from the president that inoculations could begin this month.

And a growing, bipartisan chorus of lawmakers, experts and public health officials says the country is ill prepared for a projected winter surge of COVID-19.

Dr. Robert Kadlec said in an email Friday that the administration “is accelerating production of safe and effective vaccines … to ensure delivery starting January 2021.” Kadlec is the Department of Health and Human Services’ assistant secretary of preparedness and response.

President Donald Trump has said at

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Marion City Council votes to approve new crisis counselor position for police department for intervention on mental health calls

The Marion Police Department will soon have a crisis counselor embedded within the department.

During its Thursday night meeting, the Marion City Council voted unanimously to approve the agreement between the department and Foundation 2 Crisis Services for the law enforcement liaison. Foundation 2 is a nonprofit human services agency that offers mobile crisis services.

The crisis counselor will work with police officers on intervention regarding mental health-related calls to help with de-escalation and to assess where individuals should be referred for treatment and follow up services.

According to a department news release, the anticipated benefits of the new arrangement include a reduction in officer time spent responding to mental health-related calls, diverting individuals with mental health concerns from jail to behavioral health treatment, onsite consultation for officers regarding community interactions related to mental health, a reduction in officer’s use of force by utilizing alternative techniques and an increase in

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Opioid Epidemic Town Hall Will Address Crisis In Bayshore Area

HAZLET, NJ – Local government, law enforcement and school officials are slated to discuss the ongoing opioid epidemic in Bayshore communities on Thursday, Oct. 8 at a virtual town hall.

Sponsored by the Hazlet Alliance and Hazlet Hope, the conference will begin at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Interested participants can register here.

Speakers will discuss how the epidemic manifests in Raritan Bay municipalities and how locals can help to address and combat the crisis.

Guests include:

  • Monmouth County Freeholder Sue Kiley

  • Philip O’Hara, an individual in recovery

  • Ellen Edwards, a parent who lost a child to an overdose

  • Stephanie M. Reynolds, D.O., an emergency medicine physician at Hackensack Meridian Health

  • Hazlet School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Ridley

  • Hazlet Police Chief Ted Wittke

The town hall was previously scheduled for March, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a municipal notice.

Free virtual training for administering Narcan, an

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In a public health crisis, these North Texas cities have some of the worst uninsured rates in the U.S.

Irving has the 7th highest rate of uninsured residents among the midsize U.S. cities sampled in a new study from the personal finance website WalletHub. Elsewhere in North Texas, Garland fared even worse, with the 5th highest rate among the 260 midsize cities in WalletHub’s report, while Mesquite had the 9th highest.

And Dallas, where more than 24 percent of residents are uninsured, has one of the worst uninsured rates of any city in the country. Only Houston has a higher rate among large U.S. cites, according to the study.

More than 22 percent of Irving residents — or roughly 54,000 people — do not have health insurance.

The study compared rates for a total of 548 U.S. cities and 50 states, including a breakdown by age, income level and other demographic information.

Rates of uninsured are the highest among low-income households in Irving, at 35.7 percent, and Hispanic households,

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Simsbury selectmen approve resolution declaring racism a public health crisis

The Simsbury Board of Selectmen approved the SPIRIT Council as a town committee and passed a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis, at its meeting on Sept 29.

The SPIRIT Council was formed via the United States Department of Justice’s conflict resolution agency, Community Relations Service (CRS), which created a community leader-driven process for identifying and solving problems, called “City-Site Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together, or “City-SPIRIT.” Simsbury adopted its own version, Simsbury Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together (SPIRIT).

Simsbury’s SPIRIT Council has been operating as a subcommittee of Community For Care, which is a Board of Selectmen-appointed committee of town and school officials with the goal of discussing and solving problems in the area of mental health and substance abuse.

SPIRIT Council Co-Chairs Cheryl Cook and Nicole Kodak, as well as subcommittee chairs, outlined the new council’s formation, and its accomplishments since its

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Better Life Partners taps Bravado Health to help curb community’s opioid crisis

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Bravado Health recently announced a partnership with Better Life Partners to help achieve their goal of helping vulnerable populations achieve healthier lives.

Better Life Partners was created to help those with opioid use disorder (OUD) achieve lasting and meaningful recoveries. While COVID-19 has dominated the headlines for the past several months, it is important to remember that there is a very real and powerful opioid epidemic in this country as well. This crisis has worsened in recent years and projections indicate these drugs could kill more than half a million Americans in the next decade.

Although help is available, many suffering from OUD lack access to high-quality health care. Better Life Partners helps these individuals by offering a treatment program that combines the best evidence-based practices with a hyper-local, community-based delivery model. This approach, which can include prescription medications such

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