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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2013

Young Minds Matter Seminar on Transition-Age Youth (TAY) Attracts Hundreds

The Hogg Blog

April 9, 2013

 

On April 3, youth, families, mental health services providers, faith-based organizations, community groups, advocates, health care practitioners, peer specialists, foundation staff, and school teachers, counselors and administrators gathered in Houston, TX to learn more about engaging youth who are transitioning into adulthood.

http://hoggblogdotcom.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/young-minds-matter-seminar-on-transition-age-youth-tay-attracts-hundreds/ 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Bill allowing patients to refuse drugs considered

Austin American-Statesman

April 9, 2013

 

(AP) - People living in state homes for the disabled would get the right to refuse psychoactive drugs under a proposal advancing in the Texas Legislature.

http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/legislative/bill-allowing-patients-to-refuse-drugs-considered/nXG4d/ 

 

 

Proposal: Allow Private Mental Health Services in Jails

Texas Tribune

April 9, 2013

 

Legislators are considering a measure that would allow private companies to offer jail-based mental health restoration services to people accused of crimes who have been found incompetent to be tried.

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/04/09/proposal-allow-private-mental-health-services-jail/ 

 

 

Psych tests ordered for Lone Star stabbing suspect

Houston Chronicle

April 10, 2013

 

The 20-year-old man charged in the stabbings at a Lone Star College campus Tuesday has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Psych-tests-ordered-for-Lone-Star-stabbing-suspect-4423373.php 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Mental health is pushed down on Hill agenda

Politico

April 10, 2013

 

Lawmakers have filed plenty of mental health care bills since the Newtown, Conn., killings, hoping they'd get attached to any agreement on gun control. But the ambitions are shrinking.

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/mental-health-is-pushed-down-on-hill-agenda-89839.html 

 

 

In New Ad, McDonald's Compares Loving Big Macs with Mental Illness

Time

April 9, 2013

 

...After seeing the poster, which looks like an ad for a crisis center only with different words, Yamada wrote that McDonald's has hit "a new low" by "making fun of public service ads for people who may need mental health counseling":

http://business.time.com/2013/04/09/in-new-ad-mcdonalds-compares-loving-big-macs-with-mental-illness/ 

 

 

Mental health advocates worry about gun legislation

USA Today

April 10, 2013

 

Mental health advocates, heartened when their cause took center stage in the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., are now looking past the gun debate with the hope of having a more positive discussion about the issue.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/04/09/mental-health-gun-violence/2068321/ 

 

 

FBI Probes Recording Of McConnell Hardball Talks

NPR

April 9, 2013

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Campaign aides to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell proposed using actress Ashley Judd's past bouts with depression against her if she had decided to challenge him in his re-election bid next year, according to a secret recording posted by a magazine.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=176675890 

 

 

Senate Approval Seen For Obama Health Care Nominee

NPR

April 9, 2013

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican lawmakers are heaping praise on a former nurse picked by President Barack Obama to run Medicare and Medicaid, and also oversee his health care law. If the Senate confirms Marilyn Tavenner, as expected, it may be the closest thing to a truce in the nation's political wars over health care.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=176685677  

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

$54M In Grants Will Help Enroll Uninsured In 33 States

Kaiser Health News

April 9, 2013

 

The Obama administration on Tuesday said it will award $54 million to community groups in 33 states to help people sign up for insurance in the new online health insurance marketplaces that open for enrollment Oct. 1. The size of the long-awaited grants offers a glimpse into the challenges of carrying out the health law in states such as Texas and Florida, which are relying on the federal government to run all or part of their marketplaces.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/April/09/54-million-dollar-grants-for-exchange-enrollment-efforts.aspx 

 

 

Consumer Groups Fear Patients Could Be Hit With Large Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Kaiser Health News

April 9, 2013

 

Consumer groups are warning that insurers and employers may be able to keep offering health plans next year that include out-of-pocket caps for individuals of $12,500 or more -- double the amount allowed under the federal health law.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/April/09/consumer-groups-protest-administration-delaying-out-of-pocket-limits-caps.aspx 

 

 

Long-Term Care Costs Rising

New York Times

April 9, 2013

 

The cost of long-term care in nursing homes and assisted-living sites is increasing at a dramatic pace compared with the cost of in-home care, an annual industry survey finds.

http://bucks.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/09/long-term-care-costs-rising 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Mom: Teen kills herself after rape, bullying

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 9, 2013

 

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) - A grieving Canadian mother said Tuesday her daughter hanged herself after she never recovered from an alleged rape by four teenage boys that left her deeply depressed and bullied in her community.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/04/09/4762037/mom-teen-kills-herself-after-rape.html 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Bringing vets back from the brink - one at a time

Austin American-Statesman

April 9, 2013

 

The veterans who come home with physical and psychological wounds, however, won't ever leave the war behind. Advances in medical care and technology mean that this generation of combat veterans will continue to remain a significant factor in policy and budget decisions for the next half-century at least.

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/opinion/bringing-vets-back-from-the-brink-one-at-a-time/nXG8T/ 

 

 

Breeding mental illness in the US

Al Jazeera

April 10, 2013

 

Rampant over-prescribing of drugs contributes to a system that is better at producing disorders than rectifying them.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/04/201347115119833454.html 

 

 

Stigma and mental illness in the aftermath of mass shootings

Al Jazeera

April 9, 2013

 

...Current efforts to alter the national background check system are directed at restricting gun ownership for people who have a mental disorder. This approach will have little or no impact as studies show that people with mental illnesses are involved in 4 percent of violent crimes and are 11 times as likely as the general population to be the victims of violent crime.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/04/20134873334383512.html 

 

 

County clinics initiative ill-conceived

El Paso Times
April 7, 2013

 

...We believe further expansion and payment for care of the uninsured is the responsibility of the state and federal governments. Our city and county cannot afford to shoulder this responsibility alone.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_22970740/county-clinics-initiative-ill-conceived 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Psychotic disorders increased in migrants living in France

MedWire News

April 10, 2013

 

Researchers have found a high prevalence of psychotic disorders among migrant populations in France, confirming what has already been shown in other European countries.

http://www.medwirenews.com/47/104141/Psychiatry/Psychotic_disorders_increased_in_migrants_living_in_France.html 

 

 

Major Depression: Great Success With Pacemaker Electrodes, Small Study Suggests

ScienceDaily

April 9, 2013

 

Researchers from the Bonn University Hospital implanted pacemaker electrodes into the medial forebrain bundle in the brains of patients suffering from major depression with amazing results: In six out of seven patients, symptoms improved both considerably and rapidly. The method of Deep Brain Stimulation had already been tested on various structures within the brain, but with clearly lesser effect.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130409105913.htm 

 

 

Homesickness and Adjustment in University Students

ScienceDaily

April 9, 2013

 

Sufferers typically report a combination of depressive and anxious symptoms, withdrawn behavior, and difficulty focusing on anything other than missing home...This article discusses the many risk factors of homesickness for university students, such as accumulated stress and social anxiety...many opportunities for prevention strategies, many of which most universities can integrate into their pre-arrival programs.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130409144636.htm 

 

 

Subtle Hallmarks of Psychiatric Illness Can Reveal Themselves Even Remotely

ScienceDaily

April 9, 2013

 

Researchers discovered that healthy people and those with borderline personality disorder displayed different patterns of behavior while playing an online strategy game, so much so that when healthy players played people with borderline personality disorder, they gave up on trying to predict what their partners would do next.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130409105905.htm 

 

 

The right to fight: Studies support women's ability to handle combat

Chicago Tribune

April 10, 2013

 

... study of 450 soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces involved in basic combat training, female soldiers displayed higher stress levels for longer periods of time than male soldiers...and were as resilient to combat-related stress -- reflected in the similar rates of mental health problems between veterans of both sexes after they returned home (Clinical Psychology Review).

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-201304091400--tms--premhnstr--k-i20130410-20130410,0,4930685.story 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Where can I get support when my child has a mental illness?

Philadelphia Inquirer

April 10, 2013

 

Parents faced with a sudden change in their child's behavior are often at a loss -- what to do or where to turn for help. Their once bright, active and well-adjusted youngster may suddenly become moody, lose interest in friends and activities, and start to fail in school. In other cases, their child may have just received a mental health diagnosis and parents do not know what it means when it comes to the course of treatment and prognosis.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/healthy_kids/Where-can-I-get-support-when-my-child-has-a-mental-illness.html 

 

 

Going 'Mental' And Enjoying The Ride

NPR

April 9. 2013

 

...What's more, each girl believes herself to have some sort of mental illness - they're overly influenced by a diagnosis-happy culture.

http://www.npr.org/2013/04/09/176605124/going-mental-and-enjoying-the-ride 

 

 

Emotional Stages following a Divorce

Houston Chronicle

April 9, 2013

 

Most experts agree that total recovery from a divorce is approximately three years. After that time, you will find yourself in a better position to meet someone new and feel healthy within yourself. The healthier you are emotionally, the healthier people you are attracted to, which is another reason to give yourself time.

http://blog.chron.com/loveandrelationships/2013/04/emotional-stages-following-a-divorce/



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