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Treatment Advocacy Center Report

The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness. The organization promotes laws, policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The organization is a great resource for anyone concerned about mental health disorders, we encourage you to sign up for their “Research Weekly Report”, click here to learn more.


Following is a small sample of the kinds of information they share:

Gut microbiota and psychiatric symptom severity. 
Research has shown that the gut microbiome, the natural microbes found in all people’s digestive tract, is involved in psychiatric symptoms due to its influence on inflammation and neurotransmission. Researchers examined this relationship in a sample of more than one hundred individuals with serious mental illness who were hospitalized. The authors found that the diversity of organisms found in an individual’s gut is associated with psychiatric symptom severity. Specifically, the more richness and diversity found in an individual’s gut correlated with better treatment outcomes after release from the hospital, with greater depression remission rates.


Suicide is the leading cause of death in jail, accounting for 31% of inmate deaths in 2016. 
Suicide has been the leading cause of death in jail for many years, and 2016 is no exception, according to data released this month by the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 31% of all deaths of individuals incarcerated in state and local jails in 2016 were due to suicide. Approximately 40% of all deaths in jail during that year occurred during the first week of incarceration. More than one in five (21%) of all suicide deaths that occurred in a jail between 2000-2016 happened while the individual was in solitary confinement.

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