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

August, 2011

Today's Clips - August 5, 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.


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Hogg Foundation funds grant to aid mental health non-profits

Daily Texan

August 4, 2011


Workers who help low-income Houston youth will better understand children's mental health thanks to grants from UT's Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The workers who will be trained encounter youth with various mental health issues, but have not received prior mental health training. The Hogg Foundation partnered with St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities to fund mental health training for Houston non-profits. 



Speaking up for Arab Americans

Texas Exes Alcalde

July 29, 2011


Germine Awad was a psychology graduate student in Illinois on Sept. 11, 2001. As people flocked to TV sets blaring footage of burning buildings, a professor approached her. ... Now she's won a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to do just that. Awad's next study will measure the effects of discrimination on Arab Americans' mental health. She predicts that people who experience more discrimination, especially Muslims, will also be more likely to suffer depression and anxiety. 



Social Workers Speak: University of Houston student awarded Hogg Foundation Scholarship

National Association of Social Workers

July 28, 2011


Ana Luisa Laws, a second-year student in the master of social work program at the University of Houston (UH) Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW), is one of five outstanding graduate students in Texas to receive the prestigious 2011 Ima Hogg Scholarship for Mental Health. 





State legislators reflect on major cuts

TimesRecordNews - Wichita Falls

August 5, 2011


Texas State Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, and State Rep. Lanham Lyne, R-Wichita Falls, gave a recap of the past state legislative session at a legislative luncheon sponsored by the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry Thursday. ... Legislature cut $15 billion out of the state budget. "Most of those dollars come out of Medicare," Lyne said. Due to the high number of retires and people relying on mental and physical health services in Wichita Falls, the budget cut will have a significant impact on the city, he said. 



A new Bridge over Troubled Waters

Your Houston News

August 4, 2011


--- "The Bridge" helps women, children and men in crisis related to domestic violence, sexual assault or homelessness. ... "If you are a victim of any type of abuse-physical, mental, emotional-if you have been sexually assaulted, if you are homeless, then we have services for you," said Kim Kankel, a Development Specialist at The Bridge.



Walker to Appear in El Paso for Mental Health Awareness

KTSM - El Paso

August 4, 2011


Herschel Walker, former football player and Heisman Trophy winner, will be making appearances at area El Paso schools, universities and military bases to speak to audiences regarding mental health and chemical dependency issues. His message is, "Get help... I did." 



Man dies after clash with SAPD; family claims excessive force

KENS 5 - San Antonio

August 4, 2011


SAN ANTONIO -- A 30-year-old San Antonio man is dead after resisting arrest Thursday morning and family members are blaming excessive police force. ...Family members said Abernathy suffered from a mental illness and that officers went too far. 





The Furor Over Gay Conversion Therapy

National Public Radio

August 4, 2011


Can conversion therapy help some gay men and women turn straight, or is it harmful and converts no one? This was the subject of a report Monday on Morning Edition that has provoked hundreds of angry responses condemning NPR for legitimizing a mostly discredited therapy. The concern was that it wrongly made homosexuality seem like a disease or lifestyle choice, striking at the very self-identity of most gay men and women. 





Cost of Medicare's Part D drug plan is dropping

Los Angeles Times

August 5, 2011


Even as health costs continue to rise, Medicare beneficiaries will see the average price of a Part D drug plan decline slightly next year, the Obama administration announced Thursday, offering some relief amid pressure to cut the federal health insurance program for the elderly. The Part D drug benefit, created under the George W. Bush administration, allows seniors and others on Medicare to sign up for a privately administered, government-subsidized health plan to get their prescriptions.,0,6684671.story 



U.S Physician Practices Spend Nearly Four Times More Than Their Canadian Counterparts on Interactions with Health Plans and Other Payers

Health Affairs

August 4, 2011


Bethesda, MD -- U.S. physician practices spend nearly four times as much per physician as doctors in Ontario dealing with health insurers and payers, says a new study in the August issue of Health Affairs. Most of the difference stems from the fact that Canadian physicians deal with a single payer, in contrast to the multiple payers in the United States. But even so, there are ways that U.S. health insurers could streamline inefficiencies and reduce administrative costs to improve care and reduce the burdens on physicians, the study authors say. 





In Tijuana, deported migrants struggle to survive

Austin American-Statesman

August 5, 2011


... TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - After 15 years of installing marble in homes in Escondido, California, Porfirio Perez was caught without a driver's license during a February traffic stop and deported. ... He is among hundreds of deportees who are stuck in Tijuana, which sits across from San Diego, California. Some don't have the money for a bus trip home. Some are waiting to cross the border again. And some have mental problems or addictions. 





The California Mental Health System and the Death of Mentally Ill Kelly Thomas

The Huffington Post

August 4, 2011


In California, it is playing out with relentless familiarity: the death of Kelly Thomas at the hands of Fullerton police has led to the usual criticisms of the police and calls for better training and more compassion. But Carla Jacobs, founder of the California Treatment Advocacy Coalition founder, and California's most astute mental illness advocate, notes in an interview that while police could always use better training in how to handle dangerous mentally ill individuals, the police are not always the villains... 





Increase in Nonpsychiatrist Prescribing of Antidepressants Without a Psychiatric Diagnosis Helps Accelerate Use, Says Health Affairs Study

Health Affairs

August 4, 2011


Bethesda, MD -- More doctors who aren't psychiatrists are offering antidepressants to patients, making these drugs the third most commonly prescribed group of medications in the United States, according to a study in the August issue of Health Affairs. A look at twelve-year trends shows that the percentage of visits in which antidepressants were prescribed to patients by doctors who didn't record a specific psychiatric disorder increased from 59.5 percent of all visits in which nonpsychiatrist physicians prescribed antidepressants in 1996 to 72.7 percent in 2007. 



Many Military Vets in College Plagued By Thoughts of Suicide

Health Day News

August 5, 2011


American military veterans attending college are far more likely to entertain thoughts of suicide than fellow students who have never been in the military, a new national survey indicates. Data from the poll paints a grave picture of these students' mental health: Nearly half of all vets currently in higher education say they have considered suicide at some point in their lives, while one in five say they have actually made plans to go through with it. 



Treating Depression By Harnessing The Power Of Positive Thoughts And Emotions

Medical News Today

August 5, 2011


Positive activity interventions (PAIs) offer a safe, low-cost, and self-administered approach to managing depression and may offer hope to individuals with depressive disorders who do not respond or have access to adequate medical therapy, according to a comprehensive review article in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 



Treatment Intervention for Former Child Soldiers in Uganda Associated With Reducing Symptoms of PTSD

Science Daily News

August 5, 2011


Former child soldiers from Northern Uganda who received a short-term trauma-focused intervention had a greater reduction of symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder than soldiers who received other therapy, according to a study in the August 3 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on violence and human rights. 



Antipsychotic polypharmacy 'partially linked to MetS in schizophrenia patients'

Med Wire News

August 5, 2011


The team found thatantipsychotic polypharmacy is associated with an increased risk for pre-MetS but not full MetS in schizophrenia patients. 



Reduced sirtuin gene expression linked to depression in mood disorders

Med Wire News

August 5, 2011


Reduced expression of the sirtuin (SIRT) 1, 2, and 6 genes is associated with depression in patients with mood disorders, show Japanese study results.  

Studies Show How Surroundings Affect Mood, Health

National Public Radio
August 5, 2011

A study from Ohio State University and the National Institute of Mental Health showed white-collar workers in an old office building - with low ceilings and loud air conditioners - were significantly more stressed than those in a newer space with skylights and open cubicles. A separate study shows that wall color can affect performance: Red seems to enhance skills related to accuracy, while blue walls encourage creativity. 



$2 million pledged toward new Resource Center Dallas building

Dallas Morning News

August 5, 2011


Eric V. Culbertson and David W. Carlson have pledged $2 million to expand the health, nutrition and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender programs of Resource Center Dallas through construction of a building at Cedar Springs and Inwood in Oak Lawn. ... Other programs provided by the center include diversity training and educational presentations on GLBT and HIV/AIDS issues, along with mental health counseling in partnership with Southern Methodist University's Simmons School of Education and Human Development.


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