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May

HHC Behavioral Health Network to Host Screening and “What’s Wrong (and Right) with ‘13 Reasons Why’” Forum


The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN) is hosting a community screening and forum entitled, “What’s Wrong (and Right) with ‘13 Reasons Why’” on Monday, June 12 starting at 6 pm at Real Art Ways in Hartford. Read more. 

Understanding the ‘Gender Revolution’

Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric is a new documentary film from National Geographic that aims to foster conversation on this issue and promote understanding of the notion that gender exists on a spectrum. A screening of the film and a panel discussion will be held from 6-9 p.m., June 6 at Real Art Ways in Hartford. Read more. 

’13 Reasons Why’ Risks Copycat Suicides

Public discussion about suicide is to be embraced, not avoided. The devil, as always, is in the details. Which brings us to “13 Reasons Why,” the Netflix series about the fictional Liberty High School and Hannah Baker, the protagonist, who takes her life. The series is criticized for glamorizing suicide and risking a rise in copycat deaths. On that score, it may be guilty. Read more. 

’13 Reasons’: How Do Parents Deal With A Show For Kids About Suicide?

The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why,” based on a young- adult novel of the same name, has captured the attention of adolescents and adults alike since its release on March 31. The series tells the story of teenager Hannah Baker who takes her own life and leaves behind cassette tapes chronicling the 13 reasons why she did it. Read more

A Warning To Parents On Blue Whale Challenge Suicide ‘Game’ For Teens

Most people have heard of Russian Roulette. But now a lesser-known game emanating from Russia is a new threat to children and teens across the globe – including Connecticut. Read more

Students Combat Mental Health Stigma at 14th Annual BrainDance Awards

Nineteen students and one teacher from schools in Connecticut and Minnesota were honored at the 14th annual BrainDance Awards on April 27, presented by the Institute of Living (IOL) at Hartford Hospital. Read more

April

April 19th performance of "Next to Normal" at TheaterWorks to benefit the BHN

The HHC Behavioral Health Network (BHN) is a sponsor for the TheaterWorks show, “Next to Normal,” a Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning musical about a mother (Diana) who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that her illness have on her family. HHC will also partner with TheaterWorks to host "TalkBack Tuesdays", community dialogues highlighting mental health and addiction featuring an intimate, post-show chat with cast and special guests. The TalkBack Tuesday on April 25th is titled "There Will Be Light" - Journey to Wellness and Recovery and features Harold Schwartz, MD, IOL Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Vice President, HHC BHN and Karen Kangas, Director of Recovery and Family Affairs, HHC BHN. “Next to Normal” explores many paths to wellness and recovery ending with the hope that, “There Will Be Light.” This talkback conversation will delve into all the ways Diana ventures to find recovery.

In addition, one of the performances, Wednesday, April 19th, is a fundraiser for HHC's Behavioral Health Network. This special evening includes a pre-show cocktail reception and a post-show conversation with the cast. Tickets are $90, of which $80 will go to BHN programs. TheaterWorks has reserved the entire house for HHC employees that evening.

For more information on “Next to Normal,” which runs from March 24th - May 7th, visit www.theaterworkshartford.org. Tickets can be purchased by calling the TheaterWorks box office at 860.527.7838, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. When calling, mention that you are an HHC employee in order to receive your 15% discount. Tickets bought for these Tuesday shows will include admission to TalkBack Tuesdays. But you do not need to be attending the show to attend the Talk Back Tuesdays.


March

Esketamine Study for Treatment-Resistant Depressive Disorder

The IOL's Burlingame Center for Psychiatric Research and Education is currently recruiting patients 18-64 years of age for a clinical research study for patients with depression who have not responded to prior treatment with an antidepressant.

For more information about this trial, please contact:
Dr. Andrew Winokur
Phone: 860.545.7502
Email: clinical.trials@hhchealth.org

IOL names Ryan Reinsch as Nurse Coordinator

Ryan Reinsch has assumed the role of Nurse Coordinator for the inpatient psychiatric units at the IOL. Mr. Reinsch comes to the IOL from Hartford Hospital, where he has worked since 2013. Mr. Reinsch began in the HH Emergency Department, first as a staff nurse, then promoted to Nurse Manager in 2015, overseeing the acute Behavioral Health Unit, Purple Pod, as well as the North 12 Observational Unit. Mr. Reinsch led several initiatives for the Behavioral Health area in the ED, including implementation of the safety screening protocol for BH patients, initiation and continuation of CPI training for all purple pod staff, and reducing the incidence of restraints and the average time in restraint through educational training and the introduction of the restraint huddle/audit form. Mr. Reinsch received his education at Goodwin College, obtaining an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Nursing, and will be graduating in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Hartford.

IOL researchers recently published in Psychiatric Quarterly

Ellen W. Blair, APRN, NEA-BC, Stephen B. Woolley, DSc, MPH, Bonnie L. Szarek, RN, Theodore F. Mucha, MD, Olga Dutka, MSN, MBA, Harold I. Schwartz, MD, Jeff Wisniowski, MPH, and John W. Goethe, MD recently authored an article that was published in Psychiatric Quarterly, Volume 88, number 1, March 2017. The title of their article is "Reduction of Seclusion and Restraint in an Inpatient Psychiatric Setting: A Pilot Study."


February

Shyness Or Social Phobia? It’s All In How It Affects Your Life

Shy people, the introverts, are an essential counterweight on the balance scale of human behavior. But there’s a difference between shyness and social phobia, one of five major types of anxiety disorders, punctuated by an all-consuming anxiety and extraordinary self-consciousness in common social situations. (Read more...)

Federal Government Asks IOL To Research Different Type Of DUI (Marijuana)

When it comes to driving under the influence, a lot is known about the effects of alcohol on drivers, and the best tests to use to determine if a driver has been drinking too much.

But it’s a different story with marijuana, which affects people in different ways than alcohol and can be challenging to test for impairment.

That’s why the federal government has turned to the 
Institute of Living to conduct two research experiments to explore the hazards of driving under the influence of marijuana. (Read more...)

Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Week at the IOL

February is National Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Month. The Institute of Living is designating the week of February 20th-24th as a time to recognize the valuable role that Recreational Therapists play on the inpatient units, outpatient programs, Todd House and Eli’s Retreat. Therapeutic Recreation involves educational and recreational services that assist people with illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions to explore and use their leisure in ways that enhance well-being, functional abilities, independence, and ultimately, their quality of life. Throughout communities, Therapeutic Recreation services are provided in clinical settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes, as well as in park and recreation departments, adult day care centers, independent living facilities, and schools. At the IOL, Recreational Therapists use group and one-to-one interventions to provide information and activities that increase patients' awareness of the benefits of the positive use of leisure. They assist patients to overcome barriers to participate in the countless variety of interests, modes of exercise, and other productive leisure pursuits available in their lives. They also facilitate numerous wellness-oriented groups that enable patients to work toward taking personal responsibility for their health and well-being, increase their commitment to a healthy lifestyle, and realize the rewards of participation in positive activities that offer a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Additionally, they host Pet Therapy and Yoga volunteers that add quality and variety to the patients’ experience.

APA Presentations

Researchers at the Burlingame Center for Psychiatric Research and Education will make four presentations at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. This year’s meeting will take place at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from May 20-24, 2017. The titles of their presentations are listed below:

  • Associations Between LOS and Readmission: Variability by Time to Readmission and Diagnosis - John W. Goethe, M.D., Julia Golden, B.A., Bonnie Szarek R.N., Stephen B. Woolley, D.Sc.
  • Metabolic Syndrome in Young Adults With and Without Depression: A Cross-Sectional Study of the Roles of Inflammation and Stress - Stephen B. Woolley, D.Sc., M.P.H., M.S., Bruce Blanchard, Ph.D., Julia Golden, B.A., Jessica Howard, B.A., John W. Goethe, M.D., Valerie B. Duffy, Ph.D., R.D.
  • Polypharmacy in Bipolar Disorder: Associations with Clinical and Demographic Variables - Julia Golden B.A., John W. Goethe, M.D.
  • Risk of Hospital Readmission in MDD: Associations with Obesity, Borderline Personality Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Julia Golden B.A., John W. Goethe, M.D., Stephen B. Woolley, D.Sc.

Psychiatric Vocational Services at the IOL receives Full Circle Award

The Department of Psychiatric Vocational Services here at The Institute of Living was honored with a Full Circle Award for their work. Their goal is to provide clients in the IOL outpatient program employment opportunities on the IOL campus to gain work skills, social skills and confidence. They accomplish their goals by having Psychiatric Vocational Services staff at three work sites (IOL cafeteria, IOL gift shop and IOL greenhouse) provide clients a supportive, safe and encouraging environment while teaching them necessary job skills that are transferable to work outside in the community. Staff then assist their clients with employment placements. Eighty percent of their clients have graduated from the program and are successfully working outside the hospital community.

New Unit Leader named for the Adult and Geriatric Inpatient Service

Jenna Marchetto has been appointed Unit Leader for the Adult and Geriatric Inpatient Service at The Institute of Living. In this capacity, Ms. Marchetto will be assisting the managers of the adult and geriatric services as well as supervising the Patient Administrative Associates for the adult and geriatric units. Ms. Marchetto comes to the IOL from Baystate Medical Center where she was a Practice Care Associate for Baystate Rehabilitation Care. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 2013 in Human Nutrition and Foods from West Virginia University. During her undergraduate studies, she was involved in several projects aimed at improving health and nutrition in the community. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Saint Joseph University.

The IOL's Dr. Durst recently honored

Linda S. Durst, M.D., Medical Director/Associate Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital was inducted into the American College of Psychiatrists this month.


January

The IOL's Annetta Caplinger appointed to prestigious national board

IOL Vice President of Clinical Operations Annetta Caplinger was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the prestigious National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.The NAPHS advocates at a national level for psychiatric centers such as the IOL, and Caplinger’s appointment is a reflection of a life dedicated to understanding the needs of people with behavioral health issues, and creating the best possible setting for them to recover and realize their full potential. Her term on the board is for three years.

14th Annual BrainDance Awards

The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital is sponsoring an academic and art competition designed to decrease the stigma of mental illness. The BrainDance Awards encourage high school students to gain knowledge about psychiatric diseases and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe psychiatric problems. The competition also aims to promote students’ interest in careers in mental health care. To receive a BrainDance Award, a student must submit an academic project or an art project on themes related to severe mental illness. Awards up to $1,000 will be given to the best submissions. The projects will be judged by expert clinicians and researchers in the field, based on:

  • Relevance to the issue of stigma
  • Creativity
  • Accuracy of information
  • Scientific rigor

Projects on any theme related to severe mental illness will be considered for an award. The categories are: Scientific, Creative Expression (written or visual), and Mixed Media. All applicants, their teachers, families and classmates will be invited to an awards day celebration hosted by The Institute of Living on April 27th, 2017. This day is designed to be an educational extension opportunity and will include a lecture by a national expert on mental illness, an awards presentation, a visit to our Myths, Minds & Medicine museum on the history of mental health care and a tour of our neuro-imaging research center. Winners can present a brief synopsis summarizing their projects. All applicants are encouraged to present a poster describing their project. The student lecture and poster presentations are designed so all participants can cite their BrainDance projects on future school or job applications. To apply for the awards: please log on to: www.nrc-iol.org and follow the link to BrainDance for application forms, information and procedures. The submission deadline is February 1, 2017. For more information, email Nancy Hubbard or contact her at 860-545-7665.


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