I received an email from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) earlier today.
As far as I know/can make out (apologies for my ignorance but I live in Ireland) NCCAM is part of America’s National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Here is the main content of that letter, which I am sharing as I think it is both an important issue and could be something that is of interest to our members…
I enjoyed your post on the Mental Health Writer’s Guild about the link between exercise and mental health.
Mind and body practices like yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi are sometimes used to manage stress and anxiety, particularly during the holiday season when people can feel tense.
But what does the science say about these approaches?
The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is hosting a Twitter chat<http://nccam.nih.gov/news/events/twitterchat> on Tuesday, December 18 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern to explore the safety and efficacy of mind and body practices for managing stress and anxiety.
During the chat, consumers, health professionals and patient advocates will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss their experiences.
Joining the discussion will be NCCAM expert John Glowa, Ph.D., who oversees NCCAM’s behavioral health research portfolio, and Daniel Pine, M.D. from NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health
To participate in or follow the chat, use the hashtag #nccamchat<http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23nccamchat>.
Jenni Glenn Gingery (contractor)
Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Institutes of Health
I wanted to share this with our membership as I do feel that this could be a very important and beneficial exercise and that the perspectives, knowledge and experience base that our membership base could offer such an event could prove invaluable.
This is in my opinion exactly the sort of thing that this Guild and it’s members should be getting involved with in my opinion and I hope you will all agree and support it.
If you have any questions concerning this event please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help and hey – how about re-blogging this on your personal sites/blogs so that we can get the word out their and show our support.
Remember to make a note and schedule this event in your diaries!
Looking forward to hearing from you all both before and during the event.
Kind Regards and God bless you.