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December, 2010



Texas gains 4 new congressional, electoral slots

El Paso Times

December 22, 2010


AUSTIN -- ...The U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday released data showing that Texas benefited the most from population growth in the past decade, providing the state with four new congressional seats and four additional electoral votes in presidential elections.  ...It will also get a bigger chunk from a more than $400 billion federal government pot that is divvied up to help pay for services such as education, health care and transportation.





Art Schools Add Mental Health Centers

Huffington Post

December 22, 2010


Art schools, like all other colleges, strive to put their best foot forward when appealing to prospective students and their parents: These are our art studios; this is our distinguished faculty; have a look at our art library. However, considering the fact that a sizeable number of students at art schools and other colleges come in for mental health therapy in the course of given year -- 10 percent of the student body at the Rhode Island School of Design, 25 percent at the Maryland Institute College of Art...



Bloomberg Makes a Proposal on Youth Prisons

The New York Times

December 21, 2010


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Tuesday that he would ask New York State to turn over control of prisons and services for juvenile offenders to local governments, a move that he said would end the failed and costly practice of shipping troubled young people from New York City to upstate facilities far from their families. ...Last year, a state task force reported that young people battling addiction or mental illness received little counseling and were often abused by violent offenders. In July, the state agreed to place four of its most dangerous youth prisons under federal oversight.



Mental Health Needs Growing in All Facets of American Life

World News Insight

December 21, 2010


Mental Health issues seem to be more and more common everywhere you look. It seems that society is more accepting of the fact that Mental Illness is legitimate and not just ploys for attention or other foolish things that people come up with. However, even though we may be a bit more accepting the majority of us still have some growing up to do on the mental illness front.



Depression reaching epidemic levels on college campuses nationally and locally (Dallas, TX)

December 21, 2010


College can be a daunting task for everyone, independence from your parents can be exciting, but the lack of the familial support can create significant problems. Recently, the American College Health Association (ACHA) reported that depression among college students is on the rise along with the associated feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and suicide attempts.



Perdue, advocates laud mental health agreement


December 21, 2010


ATLANTA - The very advocates who had for years been among outgoing Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue's fiercest critics were celebrating his role in a groundbreaking mental health settlement - and at President Jimmy Carter's Atlanta office, no less.  ... As part of the agreement, the state vowed to offer new services to 9,000 people with serious mental illnesses so they can be served in community settings instead of hospitals.





Access to Care for the Categorically Ineligible

Grantmakers in Health

December 20, 2010


Many programs and services put in place by the Affordable Care Act do not cover categorically ineligible individuals, including undocumented immigrants. Between January and June 2010, over 18 bills were introduced in 13 states, proposing that eligibility criteria for programs such as Medicaid and family planning include legal status.





Firms Accused Of Mental Health Prejudice

Sky Health News

December 21, 2010


A poll has suggested "prejudiced" British businesses are failing people with mental health conditions from recruitment level through to on-the-job support.



Report on kids in adult mental health units

Irish News

December 22, 2010


A new report into the admission of children into adult mental health units has found that in some cases, these children do not even have a mental health problem and would be more appropriately dealt with by social services.





Women War Veterans Face Higher Risk of Mental Health Problems During Pregnancy

Science Daily News

December 21, 2010


Pregnancy among women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan appears to increase their risk for mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in Journal of Women's Health, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The paper is available free online.



Psychological disability presents early in affective disorders

Med Wire News

December 22, 2010


Functional disability is already pronounced in young people in the early stages of affective and anxiety disorders, and deteriorates with advancing clinical stage, study results show.



Stigma, empowerment, social network influence QoL in schizophrenia

Med Wire News

December 22, 2010


Schizophrenia patients with a poor social network experience stigma and a lack of empowerment that results in depression and, in turn, in poor quality of life (QoL), study results show.,_empowerment,_social_network_influence_QoL_in_schizophrenia_.html



Does 'Club Drug' Ecstasy Have Therapeutic Value?

Health Day News

December 22, 2010


The recreational drug known as ecstasy may have a medicinal role to play in helping people who have trouble connecting to others socially, new research suggests .In a study involving a small group of healthy people, investigators found that the drug -- also known as MDMA -- prompted heightened feelings of friendliness, playfulness and love, and induced a lowering of the guard that might have therapeutic uses for improving social interactions.





Request for Proposals: GIH State Grant Writing Assistance Fund

Grantmakers In Health


...Grantmakers In Health (GIH), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, announces the availability of the GIH State Grant Writing Assistance Fund. The fund will provide up to $15,000 in matching funds per state to funders who are interested in offering grant writing support to state government agencies.  ... Foundations must submit a concise three- to four-page letter due by 5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 1, 2011.



GIH Bulletin

Grantmakers in Health

December 20, 2010


Summary of news and information about healthcare philanthropy.



Textbook: Psychology For Medicine -- A Brand New Outlook

Medical News Today

December 22, 2010


Psychology for medicine, published by SAGE, is the first comprehensive textbook on psychology for medical students that is relevant to all of their undergraduate studies. Following the General Medical Council's call for greater coverage of psychology throughout medical degree courses, this groundbreaking textbook does just that - presenting all the psychology an undergraduate medical student needs to know.



Similarities Among the Differences: Genetic Research, Autism and Schizophrenia

National Alliance on Mental Illness

December 21, 2010


It may not be one of the conditions you expect to hear about from NAMI, but autism has many concerns that overlap with some of the illnesses we discuss more frequently, especially schizophrenia. They are sometimes treated with the same or similar antipsychotic drugs.



'Black Swan': Psychiatrists Diagnose Ballerina's Descent

ABC News

December 20, 2010


Black Swan, a new psycho-drama anchored in the competitive world of ballet, is getting as much analysis on the psychiatrist's couch as it is Oscar buzz. The Golden-Globe nominated film takes viewers deep into a ballerina's descent into madness in a frightening portrait of psychosis that doctors say resonates realism.



Slowly sippin' ya lives away

San Francisco Bay View

December 20, 2010


There is a new addiction going around amongst young people in inner city communities. This new addiction has them slowly sipping their lives away with a deadly mixture of Sprite and a cough suppressant called promethazine-codeine syrup.  ...Some of the side effects and withdrawal symptoms of this drug are anxiety, ... abnormal skin sensations like crawling of the skin and a form of schizophrenia, where you begin seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not actually there





Geo To Buy Private Electronic Monitoring Firm For $415M

Wall Street Journal

December 22, 2010


Geo Group Inc. (GEO) agreed to buy privately-held electronic-monitoring firm B.I. Inc. for $415 million in the latest purchase for the operator of prisons and mental-health facilities.


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