Mental Health Headlines: Supporting mental health research for Texas doctoral students

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Supporting mental health research for Texas doctoral students

Hogg Foundation Blog, February 15, 2018

The Hogg Foundation is expanding eligibility for the Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial Award to include doctoral students at all institutions of higher education in Texas. Applicants must be pursuing a PhD in nursing, psychology, social work or another field relevant to mental health.

 
 
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Here’s how Texas can follow California’s lead in reducing maternal deaths

KUT, February 21, 2018

Texas officials have been slow to respond to the state’s maternal mortality crisis. Donna Kreuzer, who sits on the board of the Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas, is one of the advocates pushing lawmakers to improve access to mental health care for women suffering from postpartum depression.

 
 
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Gallup and Sharecare announce 2017 state well-being rankings

Gallup and Sharecare, February 13, 2018

2017 results from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index reveal significant declines in well-being across U.S. Findings painted a bleak picture of the well-being of Americans with zero states improving well-being by a statistically significant measure.

 
 
a chart of 2017 well-being state rankings
 
 
 
TEXAS NEWS
 
 
 
 

Suicide and assaults: Which Dallas psychiatric hospitals have bad safety records?

Dallas Morning News. February 18, 2018

Timberlawn—the East Dallas hospital that had been open for a century before it closed—had been a high-profile example of the danger inside psych hospitals. In recent years, a suicidal woman killed herself under the hospital’s care and several female patients reported sexual assaults or fondling.

$11.1 million grant expands Harvey crisis counseling

Fort Bend Star, February 22, 2018

“Hurricane Harvey survivors may need to talk to someone who understands their situation and can help them work through trauma, uncertainty, stress and other common responses to a disaster,” said Sonja Gaines, Associate Commissioner for HHSC Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services.

 
 
 
 
COMMUNITY HEALTH
 
 
 
 

All are responsible to all

Psychology Today, February 22, 2018

Since the World Health Organization’s launch of its World Report on Violence and Health over 15 years ago, a revolutionary shift has been taking place worldwide: from seeing human violence as an individual, criminal justice, and security issue to which we can only respond, to a preventable health problem that we can solve through systematic study.

Chinese students in U.S. should pay attention to mental health: medical specialist

Xinhuanet, February 22, 2018

Yongjian Geng, professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, told Xinhua that Chinese students and their parents sometimes ignore the students’ mental health conditions, which can be dangerous and lead to disastrous results.

 
 
 
 
YOUTH AND FAMILIES
 
 
 
 

After shooting, ‘honor how kids want to deal with their feelings’

Kaiser Health News, February 22, 2018

“I can imagine being in that hallway, and I can only imagine the horror.” Chrstine Sylvest talked about how the teenagers at Stoneman Douglas and elsewhere can work through their feelings and how parents and educators should respond.

Adolescents with depression found to benefit from collaborative care program

Psychiatric News, February 20, 2018

Depression is common among adolescents, yet an estimated 40% never receive treatment. A study in Psychiatric Services in Advance suggests that embedding psychiatric services within a primary care setting can reduce depressive symptoms in this group.

 
 
 
 
HEALTH EQUITY
 
 
 
 

We need to address the mental-health-care imbalance for students of color

The Nation, February 21, 2018

As conversations about mental health become more commonplace on college campuses, families, students, and administrations have to find ways to properly help all students. Until new and improved protocols become the norm, students will continue to feel alone in their struggles to get by.

Wellness has a diversity issue–these women are changing that

Fast Company, February 21, 2018

Green Tree Yoga Meditation acts as a haven for women suffering from a host of issues, be it unemployment, abuse, or the stress of eviction. For those who cannot access or afford therapy, it’s a crucial self-preservation tool.

 
 
 
 
PUBLIC POLICY
 
 
 
 

Trump administration proposes rule to loosen curbs on short-term health plans

Kaiser Health News, February 20, 2018

Insurers will again be able to sell short-term health insurance good for up to 12 months under a proposed rule released Tuesday by the Trump administration that could further roil the marketplace. Most short-term coverage excludes benefits for maternity care, preventive care, mental health services or substance abuse treatment.

 
 
 
 
STORIES OF RECOVERY
 
 
 
 

What my existential depression has taught me about the meaning of life

The Mighty, February 22, 2018

This point in our lives is a very strange one and we can be overwhelmed and constantly anxious because of this concept that what we do right now is definitive of our future prospects. Let’s breathe. Let’s retract to the present moment, for this is all we have.

How joining the circus helped with my mental health

The Mighty, February 21, 2018

The circus gave me a storyline, multiple characters to play and coping mechanisms that a host of medications and therapies failed to address. I may no longer be part of any touring company, but I am surely a member of a much larger play.

 
 
 
 
OPINION AND EDITORIAL
 
 
 
 

Florida shooting should rally North Texas to improve safety net for vulnerable students

Dallas Morning News, February 16, 2018

We can’t say that better mental health services would have prevented the deadly Florida rampage. But improving this safety net for North Texas students would improve the lives of vulnerable youth throughout our community.

​​​​​​​NAMI’s statement regarding President Trump’s recent comments on mental health care

National Alliance on Mental Illness, February 22, 2018
In recent days, there has been a lot of rhetoric by the President and the NRA about “crazy people” and a desire to return to the days of the “institutions.” These comments reinforce inaccurate and negative stereotypes and create barriers to having real conversations about how to improve the mental health services…

 
 
 
 
RESEARCH
 
 
 
 

Doctors should prescribe more antidepressants for people with mental health problems, study finds

Independent, February 22, 2018

Research from Oxford University, which was published in The Lancet, found that more than one million extra people would benefit from being prescribed drugs and criticized “ideological” reasons doctors use to avoid doing so.

The frustrating inadequacy of antidepressants

The Atlantic, February 22, 2018

In her book, Lauren Slater, a psychologist and writer, explores the history of antidepressants, the science behind them, and the novel treatments that might soon replace them. I spoke with her recently about her research.

 
 
 
 
RESOURCES AND EVENTS
 
 
 
 

EVENT | Acute Care Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Preparing for Recovery Oriented Practice

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Event Date: March 29, 2018

Learn about recovery knowledge, skills, and attitudes, as well as facilitating change in psychiatric‐mental health nursing practice. Recovery focused psychiatric‐mental health nursing practice aligns with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national initiatives and The Joint Commission’s standard on patient centered communication.

WEBINAR | The Emotional Dimension of Health Care: A Prescription for Better Health

National Council for Behavioral Health

Webinar Date: February 28, 2018

David Woodlock, CEO of the Institute for Community Living, Inc., proposes that we have long neglected the emotional dimensions of health. Adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress across the lifespan have been profoundly underestimated as drivers of chronic disease progression.

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