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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News and Grants
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

December, 2010

TEXAS NEWS

 

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.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_16916312

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

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...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-grant/art-schools-add-mental-he_b_799319.html

 

 

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/22/nyregion/22juvenile.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=mental&st=nyt

 

 

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.

http://www.worldnewsinsight.com/mental-health-needs-growing-in-all-facets-of-american-life/2191/

 

 

Depression reaching epidemic levels on college campuses nationally and locally

Examiner.com (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.

http://www.examiner.com/health-in-dallas/depression-reaching-epidemic-levels-on-college-campuses-nationally-and-locally

 

 

Perdue, advocates laud mental health agreement

CNBC

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.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/40772941

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

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.

http://www.gih.org/usr_doc/Access_to_Care_for_Categorically_Ineligibile_ASTHO_December_2010.pdf

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

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.

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Business/British-Business-Accused-Of-Prejudice-In-Attitude-To-Staff-With-Mental-Health-Issues/Article/201012315863445?lpos=Business_Second_Home_Page_Article_Teaser_Region_0&lid=ARTICLE_15863445_British_Business_Accused_Of_Prejudice_In_Attitude_To_Staff_With_Mental_Health_Issues

 

 

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.

http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=18392

 

 

RESEARCH

 

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.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101221131552.htm

 

 

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.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90569/Psychiatry/Psychological_disability_presents_early_in_affective_disorders.html

 

 

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.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90570/Psychiatry/Stigma,_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.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=647681

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

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.

http://www.gih.org/newsletter2679/newsletter_show.htm?doc_id=1435169

 

 

GIH Bulletin

Grantmakers in Health

December 20, 2010

 

Summary of news and information about healthcare philanthropy.

http://www.gih.org/usr_doc/GIH12-20-10.pdf

 

 

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.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/211996.php

 

 

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.

http://blog.nami.org/

 

 

'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.

http://www.kvia.com/news/26194642/detail.html

 

 

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

http://sfbayview.com/2010/slowly-sippin%E2%80%99-ya-lives-away/

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

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.

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20101221-705847.html



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