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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News and Grants
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

November, 2010

Today's Clips - November 10, 2010


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.


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Supply of nurses graduates turns overly healthy

Houston Chronicle

November 6, 2010


Nursing has been a growing career field for years, with repeated forecasts of a severe shortage of registered nurses as the population ages and health-care needs increase. But now, at least temporarily, nursing graduates hoping to work at hospitals - which employ 65 percent of RNs statewide, according to the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies - are facing a tougher job market than their predecessors.



Harris County taps experienced hand for public defender

Houston Chronicle

November 9, 2010


Commissioners Court on Tuesday hired a chief public defender, choosing a lawyer with a record of opening federal public defender offices to establish a Harris County agency to represent indigent defendants.  ...Bunin starts his new job Dec. 6 with a temporary office, no employees and no office equipment. By February, his office is expected to start representing mentally ill indigent defendants facing misdemeanor charges and appeals cases for the indigent.



Gulf Bend Center addresses gap in services with new counseling facility

Victoria Advocate

November 9, 2010


Gulf Bend Regional Plaza has a new counseling center. Before the opening of the facility in Suite 104 late last week, Gulf Bend's services only covered about 6 percent of the population who suffered from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, the three most severe and persistent mental disorders, said Don Polzin, executive director.





Program seeks to aid hard-core homeless

Los Angeles Times

November 9, 2010


Plan drafted by a civic task force hopes to slash costs by getting the chronically homeless into housing. But Supervisor Antonovich calls the controversial approach 'warehousing without healing.' ...But the approach is controversial. Most chronically homeless people have serious physical, mental or substance abuse problems. ..."The supervisor won't agree to any plan to deal with homelessness that does not have mandatory mental health and substance abuse treatment as a component," said Antonovich's spokesman, Tony Bell.,0,4948617.story



Special Report: For U.S. Veterans, The War After The Wars

The New York Times

November 9, 2010


Even if America starts withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in July 2011 -- the stated goal of U.S. President Barack Obama, who inherited the conflicts from his predecessor George W. Bush -- the impact of the wars will last generations. Beyond the additional nearly $1 trillion two prominent economists estimate it will cost just to treat veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq for the next 40 years, the potential human cost is huge.





'Months-long wait for beds at mental hospitals'

Press Association

November 9, 2010


Prisoners in need of treatment at secure mental health hospitals often have to wait months for a bed, the director of a west London NHS trust has said. Dr Nick Broughton, medical director of West London Mental Health Trust, said: "Medium-secure services are funded to be full at all times - there is 100% occupancy. We don't always have spare capacity for people who need to come to us."



Assisted suicide ad preys on fearful and abandoned, opponent says


November 10, 2010


Ontario, Canada, (CNA).- The prospect of a television ad promoting assisted suicide is causing a stir in New Zealand. One anti-euthanasia advocate is arguing that the doctor behind the ad is preying on the depressed and the mentally troubled.





Most drug addicts do suffer from depression

The Baltimore Sun

November 9, 2010


I am appalled that The Baltimore Sun in its investigative zest has portrayed Baltimore Behavioral Health as a greedy, improperly diagnosing, non-caring and potentially criminal operation ("Hooked on treatment," Nov. 7 and "Sheltered addicts, strained recovery," Nov. 8). What The Sun fails to realize is that when drug addicts finally seek treatment, they are desperate - they have ruined health and family life, job loss, financial crisis or criminal court order to be in treatment. Part of the disease of addiction involves the inability to stop using illicit substances despite recognition that the habit is unmanageable.,0,7279071.story



What should we call people with mental illness?

The Huffington Post

November 9, 2010


In the current issue of Schizophrenia Bulletin, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, the nation's leading researcher and advocate for people with mental illness wrote on the debate on what to call people with mental illness: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently invited a dialog about words that are used for individuals with various forms of mental illness and their treatment. For example, what should we call people with schizophrenia?





Psychology department performs research on suicide rates in elderly

The Daily Toreador

November 9, 2010


A research team in the Texas Tech College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology is conducting ongoing research that investigates the role of perceived burdensomeness in the interpersonal vulnerability of older generations, specifically Caucasian males.  ...Older white males that commit suicide generally have pre-existing psychological conditions, Cukrowicz said.



Mood disorders common in polycystic ovary syndrome patients

Med Wire News

November 10, 2010


Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have a high prevalence of psychiatric disorders, particularly mood disorders, research confirms.



Seniors Benefit from Nontraditional Depression Screens

Psych Central News

November 10, 2010


Emerging research suggests an improved method to diagnose depression among nursing home residents is to use a series of indicators that are not especially connected to mood.



Depression Associated With Reduced Cancer Survival

Medical News Today

November 10, 2010


New Australian research has found that psychological factors may have a significant impact on the survival of people with cancer.





Bipolar Depression: The Downside of Up

BP Magazine

Fall 2010


It is the manic phase of bipolar disorder that attracts-no, demands-attention. But those who have the illness, or love someone who does, know it is depression that most disrupts and devastates lives-and ominates the course of the illness. "Few people understand [that] depression sucks the life out of you," says C.A., 52, of Oregon. "Desires, self-esteem, motivation, self-worth-any of those qualities that keep you going in life-disappear." Since her 2002 bipolar diagnosis, she has gone only 18 consecutive months without depression.



Kira & Bob Lorsch Chair 55th Thalians Gala at Playboy Mansion Honoring Hugh Hefner;

Thalians Mental Health and UCLA's Operation Mend to Benefit


November 9, 2010


LOS ANGELES, CA -- Robert H. "Bob" Lorsch and wife Kira Reed Lorsch, through the Robert H. Lorsch Family Foundation Trust and The RHL Group, will chair the 55th Annual Thalians Gala to be held on April 30th, 2011 at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.  ...According to Ruta Lee, Thalians Chairman of the Board, "For 55 years The Thalians and our Galaxy of Stars have shone a spotlight on Mental illness -- from pediatrics through geriatrics -- taking the disease out of darkness into the light of healing. We now aim to heal the mind and spirit of America's wounded warriors.



The Families' Advocate

The Texas Observer

November 5, 2010


Texas incarcerates more of its residents than any other state. Most of them are people of color. In Houston, Tarsha Jackson, an organizer with the advocacy group Grassroots Leadership, is the go-to criminal justice person in her community.  ...She knows what those families are going through. In 2003, Jackson's 11-year-old, mentally ill son was sentenced to three years in the Texas Youth Commission for breaking a window at a neighborhood pool. "The court-appointed attorneys didn't explain anything," she recalls. "They told me, 'Your son is a menace.'"


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