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Mental Health Daily
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

February, 2016

DAILY SPECIAL​
 
STAT
January 28, 2016
 
One of the world’s largest drug makers is testing a radical new approach to treating depression — by dialing down inflammation in the body, rather than tinkering with chemicals in the brain.
 
 
Kaiser Health News
January 29, 2016
 
Don’t blame suicide and substance abuse entirely for rising death rates among middle-aged white Americans, asserts a new study out Friday. They’re both factors, but the bigger culprit is almost two decades of stalled progress in fighting leading causes of death — such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease — according to a Commonwealth Fund analysis of data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
 
U.S. News & World Report
January 29, 2016
 
Isolated, lonely, alone: Each word means something different for seniors. But the three can merge when blizzards, cold snaps, snow-blocked streets, icy sidewalks and shuttered services virtually trap older adults in their homes. Staying connected in rough conditions is important for physical and mental health.
 
HOGG FOUNDATION 
 
Grits for Breakfast
January 28, 2016
 
From the Hogg Foundation, see a Houston Chronicle column (Jan. 18) titled, "Texas, stop treating mental illness like it's a crime." Without question, some people with mental illness need to be incarcerated. But for low-level nonviolent offenders, we should look to measures that can divert people from jails and into community-based mental health treatment programs.
 
TEXAS
 
Austin American-Statesman
January 23, 2016
 
BRYAN — A sheriff said he wants more done earlier to help inmates with possible mental health issues after a man’s death last year while in custody. Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said his office will work more closely with court officials to make help available when an inmate’s mental health is in question.
 
 
Austin American-Statesman
January 29, 2016
 
FORT WORTH, Texas — The Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck will remain in a juvenile detention center as he awaits a judge's ruling on transferring his case to the adult court system, a judge ruled Friday.
 
 
NATIONAL
 
NBC Chicago
January 29, 2016
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce several changes to the way Chicago police handle situations involving people with mental illnesses Friday. Laquan McDonald, Quintonio LeGrier, and Betty Jones are a few of the recent controversial police-involved shootings that have created urgency in the ongoing push for sweeping changes across the Chicago Police Department.
 
 
IndyStar
January 28, 2016
 
A court settlement reached this week transforms the way Indiana treats prisoners with serious mental illnesses, ending practices that often worsened their symptoms and sometimes led to suicide, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.
 
 
WUSF
January 28, 2016 12:10 pm
 
More veterans could soon be able to access an alternative court system. Prisons are often called Florida’s largest mental health system – as many as 125,000 adults with mental illness or substance abuse disorders are booked into Florida jails each year.
 
 
New York Times
January 28, 2016
 
One spoke of his struggles with alcoholism that nearly derailed his life as a young man. Another of a family friend who died of opioid addiction. Another, the suicide of a friend. Listening attentively to the outpouring was Chirlane McCray, the first lady of New York City, who sat behind the panel table and delivered testimony in support of the city’s expansive plan for tackling a large swath of mental health issues faced by New Yorkers.
 
 
HEALTHCARE REFORM
 
Vox
January 28, 2016
 
The push for health care expansion in 2009, in other words, may have foreclosed the possibility of a single-payer system.
 

INTERNATIONAL

CTV London
January 28, 2016
 
Bell says 125,915,295 calls, texts, tweets and shares on Wednesday raised $ 6,295,764.75 for Canadian mental health. Bell is donating 5 cents per interaction to mental health programs, at no extra charge to participants. The top Twitter trend in Canada yesterday, #BellLetsTalk was the most-used hashtag in the world, with 6,826,114 total tweets and retweets – 43 per cent more than last year.
 

RESEARCH
 
HealthDay
January 29, 2016
 
A number of national surveys have found that U.S. girls are far more often the victims of dating violence than boys -- particularly in terms of physical injuries. But the new study conflicts with those findings, said lead researcher Dennis Reidy, of the division of violence prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
 
HealthDay
January 27, 2016
 
Antidepressants appear to be much more dangerous for children and teens than reported in medical journals, because initial published results from clinical trials did not accurately note instances of suicide and aggression, a new study suggests.
 
 
Reuters Health
January 27, 2016
 
When depression does not respond to antidepressant medication, replacing it with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or adding CBT to treatment may be effective and last for several years, according to a trial in the U.K.
 
 
OPINIONS
 
Huffington Post
January 28, 2016
 
As it turns out, only about 2 to 4 percent of gun crimes are attributable to mental illness (Fazel & Grann, 2006). In making this claim, however, it is important to first distinguish between mass shootings and "everyday" shootings.
 

FEATURES
 
Mashable
January 29, 2016
 
#MindfulAllies is a weeklong series that highlights real stories from people who experience mental illness. They are speaking out to educate people and end stigma around mental health.
 
 
Boston Globe
January 29, 2016
 
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI) has partnered with the EDI Institute to bring these images into mental illness education programs. This is the first experiment with mental health out in the community for EDI, Koppel said. Previously, he’s used his technology to comfort cancer patients and the homeless.
 
 
Los Angeles Times
January 28, 2016
 
With gore in video games becoming more enticing to consumers, the demand for it is growing. This, like any new trend, makes people wonder: what effect does this have on our youth? According to Psychiatric Times, violence in the media has been increasing and is reaching dangerous proportions. The article states that reality is distorted for gamers because the fictional world becomes their reality.
 
 
Aeon Magazine
January 29, 2016
 
My father was hopelessly, joyously addicted to gambling and I his moral critic. Why did I end up playing pro blackjack?


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