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Mental Health Daily
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

June, 2016

DAILY SPECIAL
 
Vice
June 14, 2016
 
Dr. O'Connor, who has published four papers examining post-traumatic stress amongst the adult inhabitants of Juárez, says she knows of no serious studies of the problem among children. While researching she heard numerous stories about murder, torture, extortion, kidnapping, and disappearances, and coined the phrase narcotrauma to explain the mental health issues they have caused.
 
 
Brain Pickings
June 15, 2016
 
“No matter how large the tissue of falsehood that an experienced liar has to offer, it will never be large enough … to cover the immensity of factuality.”
 
 
SAMHSA
June 2016
 
In this issue of Practicing Recovery, we look at how practitioners and healthcare organizations can incorporate family support into recovery for people with behavioral health conditions. Trauma, mental illness, and substance use can have measurable effects on family members. These effects may be even more detrimental for those from minority groups.
 
 
New York Times
June 14, 2016
 
With more than 1.65 billion members worldwide posting regularly about their behavior, Facebook is planning to take a more direct role in stopping suicide. On Tuesday, in the biggest step by a major technology company to incorporate suicide prevention tools into its platform, the social network introduced mechanisms and processes to make it easier for people to help friends who post messages about suicide or self-harm.
 

TEXAS
 
Houston Chronicle
June 15, 2016
 
At a time when the Texas foster care system has come under fire, with a federal judge ruling it broken to the point of unconstitutionality, a small glimmer of hope has shone on Montgomery County.
 
 
Houston Chronicle
June 15, 2016
 
Wazir Ali, imam at the Masjid WD Mohammed in southeast Houston, described shooting suspect Omar Mateen's killing of 49 people and injuring an additional 53 at the Pulse nightclub as "an affront to human decency and our humanity." He also called upon counselors, psychologists and other mental health experts to help identify individuals who display signs they could be drawn to similar actions, regardless of background.
 
 
 
NATIONAL
 
The Hill
June 14, 2016
 
Democratic lawmakers are planning to offer gun-related amendments to a major mental health bill being considered in committee days after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, according to Democratic aides.
 
 
WHO
June 14, 2016
 
Mental health in Iowa is becoming more than a concern. Experts are calling it a miserable situation and the state doesn't stack up well across the nation.
 
 
Stateline
June 15, 2016
 
The nation’s opioid epidemic is focusing new attention on a strategy Rutgers pioneered back in 1988. Oregon State University will offer substance-free housing to students this coming school year. Sober dorms are a “major new development in the recovery movement.
 
 
MedCity
June 14, 2016
 
Talkspace, a telehealth startup that started as a text and phone-based counseling business, connecting patients with a pool of therapists, has raised a Series B round led by Norwest Venture Partners.
 
 
National Law Review
June 14, 2016
 
The US Department of Labor (DOL) has provided guidance on health plan provisions that could trigger a violation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), as amended by the Affordable Care Act. 
 
 
INTERNATIONAL
 
BBC
June 15, 2016
 
Parents should have lessons provided by the government on how to raise their children, Britain's leading public health expert has said.
 
 
Economist
June 15, 2016
 
Since 2002, when the Netherlands legalised assisted dying, its laws have been held up elsewhere as a model. But recent figures from the Dutch Euthanasia Review Committee have given some campaigners pause. It is not the total number of deaths under the law’s provisions that bother them—though it has increased by 76% since 2010, with more than 5,500 reported cases of euthanasia and assisted suicide in the country last year. Rather, it is 56 individual cases: those who sought, and received, doctor-assisted deaths because of psychiatric disorders.
 
 
RESEARCH
 
Duke Chronicle
June 15, 2016
 
A recent Duke study argues for better enforcement of existing gun control laws and better criteria to identify individuals at risk for gun violence.
 
 
Science Daily
June 14, 2016
 
Stigma is a major barrier preventing people with mental health issues from getting the help they need. Even in a private and anonymous setting online, someone with greater self-stigma is less likely to take that first step to get information about mental health concerns and counseling, according to a new study.
 
 
OPINION
 
Dallas Morning News
June 13, 2016
 
(Subscription) The state of Texas is experiencing a health care workforce crisis, and the most severe shortage is in mental health
 
 
San Antonio Express-News
June 6, 2016
 
Texas is in a dire situation with Child Protective Services. It’s grossly underfunded and often locked in crisis mode, with little long-term planning and a lack of focus on true outcomes for children in care.
 
 
UT Austin News
June 14, 2016
 
The time has come for leaders at all levels of our society to begin working toward rebuilding a civic culture that values conversation, compromise and diverse communications. That must be a priority that every one of our leaders affirms.
 
 
Talk Poverty
June 14, 2016
 
For the last year, I have been keenly aware of my dire need for two things: therapy and exercise. But for those who struggle to make ends meet like I do, it’s normal to live a life without these perks—even though many consider them necessary elements of a healthy lifestyle.
 
 
Counterpunch
June 15, 2016
 
Liberal and conservative politicians alike focus on mental health as a strategy to avoid discussing the true heart of the gun control debate.
 
 
Huffington Post
June 14, 2016
 
The sad truth is that there is no national SWAT team specifically for mental health counseling. There is no FBI for trauma. There is no Homeland Security for PTSD. Today, Orlando needs to come to grips with this heinous act of violence. Tomorrow, we need to respond again to the trauma that the community will feel.
 
 
FEATURES
 
The Guardian
June 14, 2016
 
In the face of some scepticism Greater Manchester police force is offering mindfulness sessions to staff to try to stem growing levels of anxiety and depression.
 
 
Aeon Magazine
June 14, 2016
 
I decided to study the brains of teenagers because I was fascinated by the transition from dependence to independence, and hoped to discover the emotional and neurobiological changes supporting that transition.
 
 
Mosaic
June 14, 2016
 
When a gentle glow feels like a spotlight and everyday sounds hurt your ears, life can get anxious and painful. But, discovers Emma Young, there may be an upside to being highly sensitive.
 
 
Huffington Post
June 14, 2016
 
Hala Khouri explains how combining yoga’s ancient wisdom with a modern psychobiological understanding of trauma can help people heal.
 
 
New York Times
June 15, 2016
 
There are, of course, a tangle of factors behind every murder, especially terrorism inspired by foreign groups. But research on domestic violence hints at a question that often surrounds seemingly inexplicable events like Mr. Mateen’s massacre of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub — what drives individuals to commit such mass attacks? — and sheds light on the psychology of violence.


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