Mental Health News

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The caregivers perspective: Coping with the loss of mental health and faith

Hogg Foundation, August 18, 2020

Brianna Garrison, 2020 winner of the Frances Fowler Wallace Award, explores the contextual realities of dementia culture in the social networks of faith communities from the caregiver perspective. We recently talked with her about her research. 

 
 
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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health: Advocating for Texas girls

Girls Empowerment Network, July 14, 2020

“Our programmatic emphasis on building self-efficacy in girls has been a giant discovery in our agency over the past two years and is a critical part of our recent success. This grant allows us to change the landscape for Texas girls’ mental health policy.”

 
 
 
 

The coronavirus pandemic is still raging in Texas. Its mental health toll will only get worse.

Houston Chronicle, August 20, 2020

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Houston is seeing the escalation in real time: Before the pandemic, the organization’s “warm line” handled about 50 calls a week, including call ins and check-ups on people by staff. Now, on average, staff handles 800 calls a week.

 
 
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Paula Parker goes on morning walks to stave off pandemic-related anxiety and panic attacks. Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer
 
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TEXAS NEWS
 
 
 
 

The crushing isolation of nursing homes during the pandemic

Texas Tribune, August 14, 2020

Texas eased restrictions on visitation in long-term care facilities last week, but many families remain unsure if they will be allowed to visit. For those cut off from their loved ones for almost five months, isolation is becoming another very real threat.

“We’re being treated as guinea pigs”: Faculty members fear in-person return to Texas universities

Texas Tribune, August 19, 2020

They’re asking reluctant instructors to cooperate, but some faculty members call the pressure to return to face-to-face instruction a callous decision that prioritizes money and the college experience over the safety of the university community.

 
 
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U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
 
 
 
 

Regressive mental health bill blocked in Mexico

Human Rights Watch, August 19, 2020

The bill was based on a coercive approach to treatment of people with psychosocial disabilities (mental health conditions) and people considered drug dependent, creating broad and poorly defined exceptions to the right to informed consent. 

 
 
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COMMUNITY HEALTH
 
 
 
 

Connected city streets mean healthier residents and communities

The Conversation, August 20, 2020

Street networks are about resilience, whether to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change or even a future with autonomous vehicles. Neighbourhoods with well-connected streets can evolve into more walkable, complete neighbourhoods or denser settlements as needed.

 
 
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YOUTH AND FAMILIES
 
 
 
 

LGBTQ youth say cost, parental permission pose major barriers to mental health care

STAT, August 18, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic stands to exacerbate the existing mental health crisis among LGBTQ youth, who are at far higher risk of suicide than their peers. But it might also yield lessons in how to surmount the barriers to counseling they so often encounter.

 
 
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EQUITY AND INCLUSION
 
 
 
 

Texas Legislative Black Caucus unveils the George Floyd Act to ban chokeholds and limit police use of force

Texas Tribune, August 13, 2020

Black lawmakers at the Texas Legislature unveiled the George Floyd Act, a sweeping police reform proposal that would ban chokeholds across the state and require law enforcement officers to intervene or render aid if another officer is using excessive force while on the job.

 
 
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PUBLIC POLICY
 
 
 
 

Texas will apply for federal program to get extra $300 per week for unemployed Texans

Texas Tribune, August 20, 2020

The directive from Abbott comes as 61,416 Texans applied for unemployment relief in the week ending Aug. 15. In total, more than 3.2 million Texans have applied for jobless assistance since the coronavirus pandemic began.

 
 
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STORIES OF RESILIENCE, WELL-BEING AND RECOVERY
 
 
 
 

No rest

Aeon, August 17, 2020

The doctrine of positive thinking is fundamentally a doctrine of denying material reality. Maintaining this mind-over-matter delusion requires a certain amount of luxury, which we must simulate with scented bath products and micromeditations.

 
 
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OPINION AND EDITORIAL
 
 
 
 

The one thing that has helped me this year, and could help you too? Radical self-acceptance

Guardian, August 19, 2020

2020 has been a wonderful training in mindful self-acceptance, the realistic surrender of hope and total subjugation to one’s circumstances. I celebrated turning 42 in late July by doing nothing, and with no psychological kickback.

 
 
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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
 
 
 
 

Researcher investigates community-based social capital interventions that promote mental health

News-Medical.net, August 20, 2020

This research, conducted over four studies, shows to what extent the collaborative skills of individuals, the geographic context, and sociodemographic factors are influential when designing a community intervention of this type.

 
 
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RESOURCES AND EVENTS
 
 
 
 

Implementing a Peer Mentor Program: Strategies for Engaging Peer Recovery Support Specialists in Adult Treatment Courts

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Date of webinar: August 31, 2020

Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSSs) working in treatment courts are people with lived experience of behavioral health disorders and criminal justice involvement who are key members of the clinical team serving those participating in drug court and mental health court programs. This webinar covers strategies for how to engage PRSSs in adult treatment courts to support people with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders. 

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