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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News Clips
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Austin

September, 2011

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Today's Clips - September 12, 2011


This summary of recent news and research articles on mental health topics was prepared as a public service by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Stories from other media sources do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the foundation and its staff. Media sites may require a one-time free registration and academic and science journal sites may require a paid subscription to access articles.




Researchers Study Effect of Stereotypes on Mental Health

Texas A&M University

September 9, 2011


... The team found that 40 percent of Chinese American adolescents reported clinically significant depressive symptoms, which was unexpectedly high for a community sample. Further, those who reported clinical levels of depression were less willing to seek mental health services. Liew said he believes the findings may represent the idea of the 'model minority' stereotype. Statistics based on high school grade point averages and standardized tests indicate that Asian Americans (as a group) often represent the highest proportion of high academic achievers relative to other ethnic minority groups in the United States. For this and other reasons, Asian Americans have often been referred to as the 'model minority.' Project CASL is made possible by a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. 



Don't ignore emotional toll of natural disasters

Austin American-Statesman

September 10, 2011


... Recovering from a disaster is a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. Contact local faith-based organizations, volunteer agencies or professional counseling organizations for counseling. Reaching out for help is a sign of strength and a positive step toward recovery. ... Ybarra is a program officer for the Hogg Foundation. 



Parent Weekly

Parents for Public Schools - Houston Chapter

September 9, 2011


Our hearts go out to families affected by the fires in our neighboring communities. This week's Parent Weekly is devoted to providing useful resources for those needing help and those wishing to help. If you know of any additional ways to assist please leave them in the comments section. ... The Hogg Foundation through its weekly blog offers mental health sources for victims of the fires. 





Reaching out to the mentally ill homeless

San Antonio Express-News

September 12, 2011


...Since opening more than a year ago, the [Haven for Hope] courtyard has regularly drawn 100 to 200 more residents a night than the 400 originally anticipated, Haven officials said. Figuring heavily among this group - as many as three in four - are homeless people who struggle with serious mental disorders, many of whom self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Given the high rate of mental illness, plans are in the works to transform an existing men's dorm on the campus into an 80-bed mental health dorm for male courtyard residents. ...In addition, a new outpatient mental health clinic located on the courtyard itself will provide psychiatric treatment, including medication, to male and female courtyard residents with mental illness.



Houston Suicides and the Media

Mental Health America of Greater Houston

September 9, 2011


... The media can play a powerful role in educating the public about suicide prevention. Stories about suicide can inform readers and viewers about the likely causes of suicide, its warning signs, trends in suicide rates, and recent treatment advances. They can also highlight opportunities to prevent suicide. Media stories about individual deaths by suicide may be newsworthy and need to be covered, but they also have the potential to do harm. Implementation of recommendations for media coverage of suicide has been shown to decrease suicide rates.,c,205,11,21 



Texas Colleges Work to Improve Veterans' Experience

Texas Tribune

September 12, 2011


... Hanli Liu, a bioengineering professor, and Alexa Smith-Osborne, an assistant professor in the social work school, have teamed up in an effort to help veterans. In addition to efforts to evaluate and carry out programs that provide veterans with free services - like counseling and assistance with financial aid applications - Smith-Osborne recently formed an interdisciplinary partnership with Liu, whose research has focused on a portable, optical brain-imaging device. 



With boom of student veterans, colleges race to provide services

Austin American-Statesman

September 11, 2011


... As soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan and tap into GI Bill benefits, the number claiming education aid for themselves or their dependents grew by 57 percent, from 523,344 in 2007 to 819,281 in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. ...The numbers grew even as fragmented services available to help with registration, financial aid, mental health counseling and academic advising challenged veterans struggling to reacquaint themselves with civilian life.



Valley soldiers look back on 9/11 generation

The Brownsville Herald

September 11, 2011


... But the battles for each of the men didn't end with the close of their deployment. Martinez and Gonzalez still have trouble leaving the house. Their problems lie not with physical injuries suffered during their service together in the Army, but the mental strain of post-traumatic stress disorder, a severe anxiety disorder that people develop after seeing or living through dangerous events. 



Psychologist, counselor saw trauma caused by Sept. 11 attacks

El Paso Times

September 11, 2011


Deborah Haddock arrived in New York City just days after terrorists crashed jetliners into the World Trade Center. ...Haddock, 55, a psychologist specializing in trauma and critical incidents, now lives in El Paso where she counsels soldiers returning to Fort Bliss from battlegrounds in the Middle East. 



Importance of Student Counseling Center in Tragedy

The Daily Toreador, Texas Tech

September 9, 2011


...The SCC provides the Tech campus with psychological and mental health education, Nathan said. ...The presence of these services is important for students when dealing with grief because grief is not always something people feel comfortable addressing with each other, Brown said. 



Use Caution During Wildfire Recovery

Texas Department of State Health Services

September 9, 2011


... Mental Health: Common feelings after a traumatic event can include fear, sadness, guilt, sleeplessness, irritability or numbness. Take breaks from cleanup efforts, get rest, drink water and accept help from others. Do not increase the use of alcohol or other substances. For mental health or substance abuse assistance, dial 2-1-1. 



WILDFIRE: Crews gain control over fire near Whitney Dam

KXXV - Waco, Temple, Killeen

September 9, 2011


... Counseling and mental health services are also available, especially for those who lost pets in the fire. 



Fires could burn for another week without rain

Your Houston News

September 10, 2011


... Site Manager Jessica Debalski said evacuees have been served two hot meals a day, and the shelter has a clinic with several nurses and mental health specialists to attend to evacuees' needs. 



Stress leads soldier to shooting death

El Paso Times

September 11, 2011


The death of an 18-year-old Chapin High School student on his way to class in 2009 provided a tragic reminder of the unseen wounds suffered by many men and women returning from combat zones. On the morning that Spc. Gerald Polanco allegedly shot and killed Ezra Gerald Smith, his wife and his mother pleaded with post leaders to do something about the soldier's erratic behavior. ...After the shootings -- an unidentified Fort Bliss soldier also was wounded -- Army psychiatrists determined that Polanco, who served a 15-month tour of duty in Iraq, suffers from a combat-stress disorder. 





Turmoil besets Kansas mental health community

Kansas Health Institute

September 9, 2011


TOPEKA - Questions surrounding alleged financial irregularities at Kansas Health Solutions, the state's mental health managed care company, have mental health advocates dismayed about the future of the state's mental health system, particularly as Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is poised to announce its plan for a major makeover of the Kansas Medicaid program. 



Oklahoma AG objects to extending DOJ oversight

San Antonio Express News

September 10, 2011


TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office has filed an objection to a U.S. Department of Justice's request to extend federal court oversight of conditions in the state's juvenile detention system. ...U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell signed the consent decree in 2008, and the settlement was to expire in three years. The agreement contained 90 requirements to address issues such as juvenile safety, inappropriate sexual behavior, inappropriate use of restraints, mental-health services and special education, the Tulsa World wrote in a story for Saturday's editions. 



Ohio to have new test for juvenile competency

Houston Chronicle

September 11, 2011


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - New Ohio standards for determining whether a juvenile defendant is competent to stand up to a legal proceeding will protect the children and mean less guesswork for courts and clinicians, people in the legal and psychological communities say. 



School-based health clinics play vital role in children's lives

Los Angeles Times

September 12, 2011


... School-based health centers go beyond the services of a school nurse. They are clinics that provide primary care to students, and often mental health and dental care as well. Typically located in medically under-served urban areas, school-based health centers are relatively rare: Only about 1,900 of the roughly 133,000 schools across the country have them. Funding is often cobbled together from a variety of sources, including community-based health centers, healthcare systems, foundation grants, and state and local funds.,0,3635538.story 



Postpartum defense would find knowledgeable jury in O.C. case

Los Angeles Times

September 11, 2011


... As Hermosillo begins her odyssey through the justice system, medical and legal analysts predict that if she pursues an insanity defense, she will encounter judges and jurors better educated about the extremes of postpartum afflictions than even a decade ago and perhaps more inclined to see her as a victim of mental illness rather than a premeditated killer.,0,6042102.story 





HHS announces Affordable Care Act funding opportunity to create jobs by building, renovating and repairing community health centers

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

September 12, 2011


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the availability of approximately $700 million to help build, expand and improve community health centers across the U.S. to provide needed care to low-income Americans. 



As states lag in implementing health-care law, bigger federal role looks likely

Washington Post

September 10, 2011


Across the country, states are lagging in preparations to erect the health insurance market­places at the heart of the 2010 health-care overhaul, bogged down by a combination of partisan hostility and practical hurdles. Faced with the delay, administration officials have been ramping up talks with state leaders in recent weeks over ways the federal government could pitch in without having to completely take over - speaking both informally and at a series of regional meetings underway. 



U.S. approves Kentucky's statewide Medicaid plan

Louisville Courier-Journal (Ky.)

September 9, 2011


Kentucky has cleared a key hurdle in its plan to implement a statewide system of managed care for Medicaid members outside the Jefferson County region, state officials said Friday. The federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has approved the plan by Kentucky to provide health care to about 560,000 people throughout the state under contracts with three, private managed care companies.|head 



New data show difficulties in controlling patient 'rebound' at care facilities

Washington Post

September 12, 2011


The Veterans Health Administration, the largest integrated health care system in the country, has long employed many of the approaches Medicare is pushing on all hospitals to cut unnecessary readmissions. But new data show VA hospital patients are just as likely to end up back in a hospital bed as are patients at private hospitals. 





One Million People Commit Suicide Each Year - World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th, 2011

Medical News Today

September 10, 2011


... According to WHO, approximately one million people commit suicide each year worldwide, that is about one death every 40 seconds or 3,000 per day. For each individual who takes his/her own life, at least 20 attempt to do so. Suicide has a global mortality rate of 16 per 100,000 people. 





Cheering On the Death Machine

New York Times

September 11, 2011


Even supporters of the death penalty used to consider execution a solemn state responsibility, not an occasion for celebration. But the crowd of Republicans who gathered at the Reagan Library last week to watch their presidential candidates debate actually applauded and cheered when a moderator noted that Texas had executed 234 inmates under Gov. Rick Perry, by far the most under any governor in modern times.  ... He has also approved the execution of a man whose lawyer suffered from mental illness and was repeatedly disciplined. 



A decade later, returning to the scene of something unfathomable

Los Angeles Times

September 10, 2011


... Roberta "Robbie" Morell of suburban New York is another friend of a friend. Her husband, George, was at work in the north tower. ... Rather than a school counselor, she became a mental health counselor. When I contacted her she was at her office, where she works with people who have both a mental illness and an addiction. Some parallels exist between what she's going through and what her clients are going through, she said. They are both in a process of "recovery," which means, essentially, working toward a life of hope and meaning despite limitations that may never lift.,0,4850267.column 



Carson City Shooting: Mental Illness Compromises National Security

Huffington Post

September 9, 2011


Historically, the argument to provide better treatment for individuals with serious mental illness has been made in terms of reducing the 5,000 suicides, 1000 homicides, 175,000 homeless, 218,000 incarcerations and $100 billion spent on mental illness and mental health. But the shooting of eleven individuals and death of three uniformed members of the National Guard at a Carson City IHOP by Edwardo Sencion shows it may be time to look at the national security implications of letting people with serious mental illness go untreated. 





Mood disorders 'a major cause of hospitalization during adolescence'

MedWire News

September 9, 2011


Mood disorders are a major cause of hospital admission in childhood and adolescence, suggesting that more effective interventions are needed to prevent or treat these conditions in the community, say US researchers. 



Hospital workers outspend others on medical care

Chicago Tribune

September 11, 2011


CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hospital employees spend 10 percent more on healthcare, consume more medical services, and are generally sicker than the rest of the U.S. workforce, according to a study released on Monday. ... Healthcare workers and their dependents were more likely to be diagnosed and hospitalized to treat asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure, HIV, hypertension and mental illness.,0,7165329.story 



Schizophrenia patients show excessive cortical thinning over time

MedWire News

September 9, 2011


Patients with schizophrenia demonstrate excessive thinning of the cortex over time relative to mentally healthy individuals, study results show. 





For The Dying, A Chance To Rewrite Life

National Public Radio

September 12, 2011


For several decades, psychiatrists who work with the dying have been trying to come up with new psychotherapies that can help people cope with the reality of their death. One of these therapies asks the dying to tell the story of their life. 



The Psychology of 9/11, Ten Years Later

National Public Radio

September 9, 2011


Immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks, many first responders and other victims received psychological care. Ira Flatow and guests look at the psychological effects of 9/11, and what researchers have learned since then about caring for victims of psychological trauma. 





Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Establishes $100 Million Impact Capital Fund

Philanthropy News Digest

September 12, 2011


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the launch of a three-year, $100 million Impact Capital Fund designed to help its grantees leverage funding from multiple sources and spread solutions that improve health and health care for all Americans.;jsessionid=DB13EUQQBQHWHLAQBQ4CGXD5AAAACI2F?id=353200006 





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