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Editor's e-Note
When I sat down to write this editor’s note, a funny thought occurred to me. I envisioned the classic musical number from Fiddler on the Roof with Tevye bellowing “Tradition,” but instead he was singing “Resistance.” Well, I guess you had to be there.

Why did resistance come to mind? Because it is mentioned by one of the clinicians interviewed for this month’s e-news exclusive as he discusses technology use in behavioral health. According to David Cooper, PsyD, psychologist and mobile application project leader for the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, “While technology is going to change how we do business, it’s not in the way that people are afraid of. Think of it in terms of the telephone. People used to have to use a letter to contact their provider but then the telephone allowed them to call. That surely created some fears at the time. So I understand the resistance but the truth is that we’re lagging behind.”

Read this month’s exclusive and see if you think technology is helping improve mental health either in general or in this particular project for military members and their families. Is resistance warranted? If so, why? If not, why not?

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
e-News Exclusive
Mobile Help for Better Mental Health — Embracing the Future
By Lindsey Getz

Websites and mobile app technologies are increasingly useful tools in the behavioral health field, especially for military families. The Department of Defense is utilizing these tools to enhance the psychological and emotional well-being of active military members, their families, and veterans through the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, also known as T2. The creation and ongoing development of specialized websites and mobile applications is generating a number of benefits for users.

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Poor Health and Stress a Vicious Cycle
According to a national poll by NPR, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, poor health and disability are common among people who experience high stress.

Health Care Jobs Boom Benefits Less Educated Workers
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The Benefits of Journaling
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Dedicated & Deserving Social Workers
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  4. Nominees must have at minimum a bachelor's or master's degree in social work
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Letter to the Editor
To the Editor:

I appreciate the article on "Males and Eating Disorders" by Lindsey Getz (Social Work Today, July 2014) but would like to add an additional key factor. Many men with bulimia, compulsive overeating, and anorexia are also victims of sexual abuse. Just like abused women learn that trusting food can be safer than trusting people, men who have histories of abuse also learn the same message. Perhaps this stigma and shame about abuse compounds the difficulty men feel in reaching out for help. Acknowledging this link between sexual abuse and eating disorders may be helpful no matter what the gender.

Mary Anne Cohen, LCSW
The New York Center for Eating Disorders
Brooklyn, New York 
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