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July, 2015


Mental Health Daily - July 24, 2015 




Minority Mental Health Awareness Month


July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, named in honor of the renowned writer, activist and NAMI Urban Los Angeles co-founder. Throughout the month, we will be featuring news items that are relevant to the ongoing conversation around the mental health of minorities in the U.S. and abroad. Enjoy! 



Psychologists Reveal Our "Blatant Dehumanisation" of Minority Groups

BPS Research Digest

July 24, 2015













Ghanaian footballer Emmanuel Frimpong's match in Russia last Friday ended nastily: "When the match was stopped," he said, "the fans started shouting 'monkey' at me." Redefining human beings as animals in this way, or as vermin, or insects, is no small thing; time and again it's augured the worst that our species has to offer.






At the Tipping Point: Consumers in Charge of their Health Care

Hogg Blog

July 23, 2015


Together, we can create a health care system that truly meets the whole health needs of people and leads to improving the experience of care for the consumer, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of health care.


Abbott Sided With Conspiracy Theorists To Kill Mental Health Bill

Dallas Morning News

July 23, 2015


Abbott cited constitutional concerns, but the Texas Tribune reported last week that there is more to the story - including a disturbing coalition that lobbied to kill the bill.


My Mother Was a Drug Addict. When I Tell People, They Act Like I Am Too.


July 24, 2015


Every morning when I look into the mirror I see pieces of my mother - glimpses of her features in my eyes, my hair, my cheekbones. People have been saying since I was a child how much I looked like her.




The Brief: Experts Say Jailers' Mental Health Training Inadequate

Texas Tribune

July 24, 2015


The death of Sandra Bland in a Waller County Jail cell has renewed concerns among criminal justice advocates who say jailers' mental health training is inadequate.




L.A. County Task Force Suggests Ways To Divert Mentally Ill From Jails

Los Angeles Times

July 23, 2015


Cutting the number of mentally ill inmates in Los Angeles County's jail system would require spending tens of millions of dollars on new treatment facilities and housing for offenders who would otherwise be released into homelessness, a long-awaited report concludes.


The Next Bipartisan Frontier: A Mental-Health Bill

National Journal

July 22, 2015


Rather than trying to repeal Obamacare, the panel's top lawmakers are eager to find ventures, like mental-health legislation, with bipartisan support.




Consumers' Satisfaction With Coverage Linked To Out-Of-Pocket Expenses

Kaiser Health News

July 24, 2015


How much money people have to fork over when they go to the doctor can make a big difference in how satisfied they are with their health plan, a recent study suggests.


Administration Prods States to Scrutinize Insurers' Rate Hikes


July 23, 2015


There's a battle brewing behind the scenes to keep health plans affordable for consumers. The Obama administration weighed in this week, sending letters to insurance regulators in every state and Washington, D.C.,that ask them to take a closer look at rate requests before granting them. 




Toxic coworkers linked to worse mental health for college students


July 24, 2015


Working college students were more likely to have mental health problems if they had toxic relationships with co-workers than if they were on friendly terms with colleagues in a small new U.S. study.


National Tragedies Could Harm Pregnant Women's Mental Health

Live Science

July 23, 2015


A plane crash thousands of miles away can affect the mental health of pregnant women, newresearch finds.


Diagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders Not as Important as Outcomes


July 24, 2015


Nailing the diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder may not be important in prescribing effective treatment, according a clinical researcher. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly one in five Americans suffers from mental illnesses as defined in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.


New Insights into the Circuitry of PTSD, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury


July 23, 2015


Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have devastating consequences. Both are associated with high rates of disability and suicide, and although they are separate conditions, they commonly co-occur. For example, a soldier who has developed PTSD as a result of a traumatic experience may have also sustained a brain injury during that experience.


Basis for Eating Disorders Found in Children as Young as Eight

The Guardian

July 24, 2015


Study shows how early body dissatisfaction that puts kids at risk of developing the conditions in their teens can set in.





Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

Huffington Post

July 23, 2015


In a recent piece posted on, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that "For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely told Americans that mental illness is associated with a chemical brain imbalance, but the truth is that mental illness and suicidality are associated with poverty, unemployment, and mass incarceration."


Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table

New York Times Sunday Review

July 23, 2015


And now, at this juncture, when death is no longer an abstract concept, but a presence - an all-too-close, not-to-be-denied presence - I am again surrounding myself, as I did when I was a boy, with metals and minerals, little emblems of eternity.




Project UROK Founder Jenny Jaffe Talks Minority Access to Mental Health Care; Chris Hardwick Crashes Wil Wheaton's Video

The Mary Sue

July 23, 2015


We've told you a little about Project UROK and the wonderful work they're doing to try and de-stigmatize public discussion of mental illness, and posted an awesome video from when Wil Wheaton participated in the project.


Tattoo shop's 'Project Semicolon' raises funds for mental health

Global News

July 23, 2-15


A local tattoo shop has embraced a movement to create more awareness around mental illness with the use of a common symbol.


The Consequences of Psychology's Shameful Collusion in Torture

Pacific Standard

July 24, 2015


The American Psychological Association pandered to the CIA out of self-interest. In so doing, it betrayed a core ethical spirit-and opened the path to a dangerous future.


The Connection Between Mental Health Problems and Juvie

Pacific Standard

July 23, 2015


Health programs could stop problems before they start.


Are Online Experiment Participants Paying Attention?

Mind Hacks

July 24, 2015


Online testing is sure to play a large part in the future of Psychology. One concern, however, is that online samples may be less motivated to pay attention to the tasks they are participating in. Not only is nobody watching how they do these online experiments, they whole experience is framed as a work-for-cash gig, so there is pressure to complete any activity as quickly and with as low effort as possible. To the extent that the online participants are satisficing or skimping on their attention, can we trust the data?

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