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Mental Health Daily
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

November, 2015

DAILY SPECIAL
 
Mind Hacks
November 7, 2015
 
I had always thought that suicide was made illegal in medieval times due to religious disapproval until suicidal people were finally freed from the risk of prosecution by the 1961 Suicide Act. It turns out the history is a little more nuanced, as noted in this 1904 article from the Columbia Law Review entitled “Is Suicide Murder?” that explores the rather convoluted legal approach to suicide in centuries past.
 
 
The Atlantic
November 4, 2015
 
The way people describe the condition makes it difficult, if not impossible, to define.
 
 
New York Times
November 7, 2015
 
Thus, it seems that an opioid overdose epidemic is at the heart of this rise in white middle-age mortality. Driving this opioid epidemic, in large part, is a disturbing change in the attitude within the medical profession about the use of these drugs to treat pain.

 
HOGG FOUNDATION
 
Alaska Dispatch News
November 5, 2015
 
Many states are looking for ways to encourage more college students to study mental health and continue on to graduate school in the field. In many states, advocacy organizations are left to try to fill the gap. In Texas, two foundations encourage bilingual students to enter the field. The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health offers scholarships to bilingual mental health students.
 
 
TEXAS
 
Houston Chronicle
November 9, 2015
 
AUSTIN -- Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Monday formed a special committee to comprehensively evaluate mental health care in the state.
 
 
The Brownsville Herald
November 9, 2015
 
In fiscal year 2015, more than 70,000 people who suffer from mental illness were arrested in Texas, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. In the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas Behavioral Health Center, also known as Tropical Texas Behav­ioral Health, helped divert 200 incarcerations of mental health patients through its Mental Health Officer Task Force led by Director Rick Gonzalez.
 
 
Texas Public Radio
November 9, 2015
 
[AUDIO] Diane DeLeon was a survivor of childhood trauma, trauma that didn't stop with her childhood. After a series of events, DeLeon finds herself on the street with her two children and another on the way. In this heart-wrenching story, Diane retraces her life and how becoming homeless led her to the help she desperately needed.
 
 
NATIONAL
 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 8, 2015
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy’s signature mental health legislation is moving closer to the House floor over the objection of Democrats who say the bill would harm patient privacy while failing to adequately fund outpatient programs and addiction services.
 
 
Houston Chronicle  
November 6, 2015
 
More than three quarters of wounded veterans are dealing with some form of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the Wounded Warrior Project.
 
 
KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest
November 9, 2015
 
A staffing shortage at Western State Hospital has created a crisis situation. Federal inspectors this week determined that patients and staff face immediate risk for harm.
 
 
Associated Press
November 8, 2015
 
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's first statewide program that pays for addiction and mental health treatment for convicted felons sent to community corrections instead of jail or prison is now underway in a push that's targeting uninsured offenders.
 

HEALTHCARE REFORM
 
New York Times
November 6, 2015
 
The Affordable Care Act has generated an enormous amount of partisan rancor, but with more access to data, it is worth taking stock of how it has actually been working.
 
 
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
 
The Guardian
November 9, 2015
 
Data obtained by Mind reveals ‘negligible’ investment in mental health services, which are classified in public health reports as ‘miscellaneous.’
 
 
RESEARCH
 
Pediatrics
November 6, 2015
 
Using nationally representative data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) from 2008 to 2011, we determined whether children and youth aged 2 to 21 years with outpatient visits for mental health problems in the past year saw [primary care providers] PCPs, psychiatrists, and/or psychologists/social workers for these conditions.
 
 
Philanthropy News Digest
November 9, 2015
 
The funds will support research on the genetics, neurobiology, and brain circuitry underlying mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, and related illnesses, with the ultimate goal of developing therapies that improve the lives of patients and their families and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness.
 
 
HealthDay
November 9, 2015
 
Study also finds more trips to the scale lead to greater body dissatisfaction, lower self-esteem.
 
 
HealthDay
November 6, 2015
 
Seasonal affective disorder is form of depression tied to winter's shorter days
 
 
Medical News Today
November 8, 2015
 
If you have siblings, you are likely to have had the ongoing debate about who is mom's favorite. But according to a new study, winning that title is not necessarily a good thing; it may increase the risk for depression.
 
 
National Institute of Mental Health
November 4, 2015
 
A recent article  and commentary  in JAMA Psychiatry contain some disturbing statistics about early death for people with serious mental illness (SMI). Mark Olfson’s team followed a group of 1.1 million people with schizophrenia and found that, during the study period, they were more than 3.5 times more likely to die than the general population.
 
 
OPINION
 
The Guardian
November 8, 2015
 
For the first time in two decades, leading UK research funders are bringing together international experts to provide leadership to bipolar disorder research. This is taking place alongside the largest UK survey to understand patient priorities. Together, these offer us a chance to truly build momentum for advances.
 
 
The Guardian
November 6, 2015
 
In our market society, isolation is the price people pay for being on a low income, and having lots of face-to-face contact is a new form of privilege.
 
 
Wall Street Journal
November 6, 2015
 
Intrepid Centers are making remarkable progress against the ‘signature wounds’ of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
 
FEATURES
 
The Guardian
November 6, 2015
 
The idea of mental illness as a positive creative force is unhelpful to the people who suffer from it – and some of them claim it’s damaging the music industry.
 
 
Pacific Standard
November 5, 2015
 
Are light boxes really the best solution?
 
 
NPR
November 6, 2015
 
[TED Talk VIDEO] Twenty-three-year-old Alix Generous describes her years-long journey through misdiagnosis in the mental health system and how it affected her sense of confidence and self-worth.
 
 
NPR
November 6, 2015
 
Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon explains how the more he talked about his depression, the more others wanted to tell their own stories.
 
 
NPR
November 6, 2015
 
What's at the core of addiction? Is addiction physical or mental? Is it both? These are questions I've contemplated over and over as many in my family have struggled with addictions themselves, from alcoholism to cocaine and many awful things in between.


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