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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2014



Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte talks veterans issues in El Paso

El Paso Times

April 2, 2014


During her meeting with the veterans, Van de Putte also criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry's decision not to participate in the Medicaid program expansion under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. She said a lot of veterans were negatively impacted by that decision.



Travis County commissioners approve $1 million plan to expand social services

Austin American-Statesman

April 1, 2014


(Subscription Required) Commissioners approved a program Tuesday to help poor families with housing, job training, services for children and teens, behavioral health services and access to healthy food and good transportation.





Police Confront Rising Number of Mentally Ill Suspects

New York Times

April 1, 2014


In towns and cities across the United States, police officers find themselves playing dual roles as law enforcers and psychiatric social workers.



Md. votes to adopt health exchange software used in Connecticut

Baltimore Sun

April 2, 2014


The board overseeing Maryland's health exchange voted unanimously Tuesday evening to scrap its dysfunctional website and adopt software developed by Deloitte Consulting and used by the more successful health exchange in Connecticut.



Report Finds Access To Mental Health Care Uneven

Disability Scoop

April 2, 2014


The ability to access a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider can vary dramatically depending on where you live, a new report finds. Some counties in the United States have one mental health provider for every 72 people, while others have as few as one for every 55,969 residents.



Post-9/11 Veterans Say Health Has Suffered, Survey Finds

Philanthropy News Digest

April 2, 2014


A majority of post-9/11 veterans say their physical and/or mental health has suffered since serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and that the military is not doing enough to facilitate their transition to civilian life, a poll conducted by the Washington Post and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation finds.





The 25 cities the Obama administration targeted for the Affordable Care Act

Washington Post

April 1, 2014


Six of the cities are in Texas, four are in Florida and two each are in Ohio and Pennsylvania.



People Who Are Still Uninsured May Turn To Community Clinics


April 1, 2014


People who did not buy individual coverage can look to the network of 9,300 federally funded community health centers that last year served 22 million people....The centers, which typically provide primary care and family planning services, as well as dental and behavioral health care, can be used by anyone, insured or not.





Player union unpicks football mental health taboo

Houston Chronicle

April 2, 2014


LONDON (AP) - One in four professional footballers said they suffer symptoms of anxiety and depression in a new study into the sport's largely unexplored "dark side" of mental illness.



UCL and Max Planck Society invest €5m to open world's first computational psychiatry centre

Medical News Today

April 1, 2014


The Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research will develop computational methods to understand how human cognition works and how it becomes disrupted in psychiatric disorders such as depression and how it changes with normal cognitive ageing.





Face-to-face with the humanity of mental illness

Dallas Morning News

April 1, 2014


Mental Health America of Greater Dallas is bringing "Fine Line" to North Texas because "people need to know that these illnesses are common, and recovery and wellness are possible," says Matt Roberts, the organization's president.



Mental Illness In America's Jails And Prisons: Toward A Public Safety/Public Health Model

Health Affairs Blog

April 1, 2014


In 2012, about 1 in every 35 adults in the United States, or 2.9 percent of adult residents, was on probation or parole or incarcerated in prison or jail, the same rate observed in 1997. If recent incarceration rates remain unchanged, an estimated 1 out of every 20 persons will spend time behind bars during their lifetime; and many of those caught in the net that is cast to catch the criminal offender will be suffering with mental illness.



Finding A More Nuanced View Of Poverty's 'Black Hole'


April 2, 2014


For years, researchers have complained that the way the government measures income and poverty is severely flawed, that it provides an incomplete - and even distorted - view. Now researchers from Columbia University and the Robin Hood Foundation, an anti-poverty group, are trying to get a more nuanced picture of what it means to be poor and struggling.





Becoming More Popular Doesn't Protect Teens From Bullying


April 1, 2014


Becoming more popular can actually increase a teen's risk of getting bullied rather than making them immune to attack.



Inflated praise for your children: an 'incredibly' bad idea?

BPS Research Digest

April 2, 2014


In three studies, researchers looked at how adults dish out praise to children in both an experimental and naturalistic setting, and how children with varying levels of self-esteem take it.



Children Suffer Mentally and Physically From Astounding Levels of Homework


April 2, 2014


The new study into 4,317 students at 10 high-performing US high schools questions whether the average of 3 hours homework per night is really justified.



Symptom improvement after antipsychotics not a predictor of life satisfaction

MedWire News

April 2, 2014


Patients treated with antipsychotics for chronic schizophrenia only report a slight improvement in their satisfaction with life (SWL), despite the significant clinical benefits of the treatment, report Canadian researchers.



Social support could improve outcomes for elderly bipolar patients

MedWire News

April 2, 2014


Elderly patients presenting for treatment of bipolar disorder have shorter initial illness episodes if they live with or close to family members, and if they receive social support with activities of daily living, study results show.



Depressed young men at highest risk of becoming sedentary later


April 1, 2014


It now turns out that young men who have experienced depression early in life may be especially vulnerable to becoming sedentary later in life. And particularly to spending large amounts of time online each day.



Schools have limited success in reducing bullying, new analysis finds


April 1, 2014


Two UCLA professors who conducted the most thorough analysis to date of studies on school bullying have found that K-12 schools' efforts to curtail bullying are often disappointing.... Students who get bullied often have headaches, colds and other illnesses, as well as psychological problems.



1.1 million Americans caring for recently wounded veterans, study finds


April 1, 2014


More than 1.1 million spouses, parents and friends are caring for the injured and disabled who have served in the U.S. military since Sept. 11, 2001, often doing so without a formal support network and putting their own well-being at risk, according to a new RAND Corporation study.





Neurocomic: A Graphic Novel About How the Brain Works

Brain Pickings

April 2, 2014


This remarkable collaboration between Dr. Hana Ros and neuroscience-PhD-turned-illustrator Dr. Matteo Farinella explains the inner workings of the brain in delightful and illuminating black-and-white illustrations.



Has cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis been oversold?


April 2, 2014


CBT is a recommended treatment for schizophrenia in the UK, but how strong is the evidence that it works?



Spite Is Good. Spite Works.

New York Times

March 31, 2014


The new research on spite transcends older notions that we are savage, selfish brutes at heart, as well as more recent suggestions that humans are inherently affiliative creatures yearning to love and connect. Instead, it concludes that vice and virtue, like the two sides of a V, may be inextricably linked.


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