Category: Mental Health

Can psilocybin and MDMA treat mental health problems?

Psilocybin is the “active” ingredient in “magic” mushrooms.

In the meantime, parts of the US are embracing psychedelics. In 2019, the city of Denver decriminalised magic mushrooms, or psilocybin, after a referendum. In 2020, Oregon became the first US state to vote to legalise psilocybin for therapeutic use. Garcia-Romeu is wary about people believing that psychedelics might offer a “magic pill that will solve all their problems. “I always say, ‘This is not going to pay your bills, it’s not going to wash your dishes, or fix your relationship with your estranged family members.’ “You don’t just take a pill, and all of a sudden you’re in fantastic shape.”

Source: Can psilocybin and MDMA treat mental health problems?

‘Better treatments’: Government to fund psychedelic drugs trials to treat mental illness

Fungi containing psilocybin - otherwise known as magic mushrooms - will be part of government-funded trials into mental health treatments.

Clinical trials using magic mushrooms, ecstasy and other psychedelic drugs in potential breakthrough therapies for debilitating mental illnesses will be funded by the federal government as part of global efforts to advance innovative treatments. There is growing international evidence showing substances such as ketamine, psilocybin and MDMA can successfully treat resistant mental illnesses, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, when used in a controlled environment and supported by psychiatric care.

‘Better treatments’: Government to fund psychedelic drugs trials to treat mental illness

‘Dehumanising’ and ‘a nightmare’: why disability groups want NDIS independent assessments scrapped

A coalition of more than 20 disability organisations released a statement yesterday setting out significant concerns over the federal government’s plans to introduce independent assessments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

‘Dehumanising’ and ‘a nightmare’: why disability groups want NDIS independent assessments scrapped

Could the cure for loneliness be as easy as popping a pill? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A person holds a pill up to their mouth.

Key points:

  • Dr Stephanie Cacioppo puts loneliness in the same category as thirst — a signal that can be dealt with through our actions
  • She says her goal is not to stop loneliness but to regulate the way it affects the mind and body
  • A medical ethicist says a pill to treat loneliness is intrinsically wrong-headed and unethical

Just as we reach for a drink when we are thirsty or dehydrated, we might be able to take a pill to deal with the consequences of feeling lonely in the future.

“Like thirst, loneliness is a biological signal that has evolved to protect our survival,” she says.

 

via Could the cure for loneliness be as easy as popping a pill? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

State urged to examine dire housing need in mental health probe

Graeme pictured in October 2016, when he was homeless after leaving an exorbitantly expensive rooming house.

This is an area in which the NDIS fails to address and the service shows its ignorance and reluctance to even try. People without family supports aren’t capable with dealing with the bureacracy which polices them out of the system altogether rather than protects them. Trust is totally lost in others and in onesself and hiding from any welfare seems the most rational option for everyone. (ODT)

“You’re wasting resources trying to provide mental health services to people who don’t have stable housing,” Ms Smith said.

Historically, the mental health system included accommodation because people were ‘housed’ in institutions. When institutions closed there was an expectation patients would be accommodated in public housing, or in housing with supports attached.

But this deinstitutionalisation took place at a time when Australian governments were reducing their investment in social housing, creating a “perfect storm”,

 

State urged to examine dire housing need in mental health probe

NDIS transition prompts fears for community mental health services, advocates expect reduced quality of care – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Andrew Gibbard with his mental health support worker Robyn Stringer, stand together in his home.

When money isn’t the solution and politics is guaranteed to fail the community’s most vulnerable by increasing the risk of their stress and isolation. (ODT)

“The average NDIS package value is nearly three times the average level of funding clients currently receive through the Mental Health Community Support Services program,” Martin Foley, Victoria’s Minister for Housing, Disability, and Ageing, said in a statement.”

 

But for Mr Gibbard, that essential service is changing with the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Ms Stringer’s visits will end by December.

She works for the not-for-profit social and health agency EACH, and her support work is funded through Victoria’s Mental Health Community Support Service (MHCSS).

As the NDIS rolls out in areas of Victoria, the MHCSS is being wrapped up.

Right now, there are more than 900 full and part-time workers in Victoria doing mental health outreach paid for by the MHCSS.

By July next year — when the NDIS fully rolls out across the state — there will be none.

“It’s a shame because we’re going to be losing a lot of workers who are really skilled in mental health,” Ms Stringer says.

via NDIS transition prompts fears for community mental health services, advocates expect reduced quality of care – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Our Gut Microbes Strongly Influence Our Emotional Behaviors | IFLScience

The gut microbiome – the world of bacteria living in our digestive system – doesn’t just exist to give us stomach aches or to help us break down food. Rese

The gut microbiome – the world of bacteria living in our digestive system – doesn’t just exist to give us stomach aches or to help us break down food. Research is rapidly emerging from the scientific community that suggests these little critters have a huge impact on our behavior, including (potentially) on our response to fear.

Source: Our Gut Microbes Strongly Influence Our Emotional Behaviors | IFLScience

Here’s Why LSD Microdosing Could Be The Next Major Breakthrough In Mental Healthcare | IFLScience

Sometimes a little can go a long way, and while taking tiny amounts of psychedelic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms may not produce the earth-shattering

Source: Here’s Why LSD Microdosing Could Be The Next Major Breakthrough In Mental Healthcare | IFLScience

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‘Futures will be lost’: Health fears as youth psychosis program dropped

The Turnbull government plans to end a program that funds specialist centres for children with psychotic disorders, prompting concerns from mental health experts that suicide rates will rise.

Source: ‘Futures will be lost’: Health fears as youth psychosis program dropped

One giant step for mental health reform – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

This is a brave and enlightened mental health package from the Turnbull Government. Now it must show the same diligence with the implementation.

Source: One giant step for mental health reform – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)