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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

January, 2011

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Michael McCartan: Integrated services could raise quality of health care

Port Huron Times-Herald (Mich.)

December 30, 2010

 

People with serious mental illnesses -- schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression -- often have a high incidence of metabolic disorders. They include obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Together, these factors contribute to a shorter average lifespan for these individuals compared to the general public. To combat this disparity, primary care physicians are essential for community mental health facilities. Mental health professionals are needed in primary care settings to improve the overall health of these people. According to the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, "Integrating, or systematically coordinating, physical and behavioral health care to treat the whole person can improve health."

http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20101230/OPINION02/12300315/Michael-McCartan-Integrated-services-could-raise-quality-of-health-care

 

 

Dallas-area education notes: Foundation awards scholarships

Dallas Morning News

January 2, 2011

 

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health awarded scholarships to University of Texas at Arlington graduate students Damaris Mosharaf of Irving and Chris Winton of Fort Worth. The scholarships are part of a statewide strategy to increase Spanish-language mental health services. The foundation has invested an additional $1.5 million to extend the program three more years.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/DN-cenednotes_02cen.ART.Central.Edition1.147ecb6.html

 

 

Hogg Foundation awards bilingual scholarships at UT Arlington

Fort Worth Business Press

December 31, 2010

 

University of Texas at Arlington graduate students Damaris Mosharaf of Irving and Chris Winton of Fort Worth were awarded scholarships from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support bilingual mental health services in Texas. Both are students in the UT Arlington School of Social Work.

http://www.fwbusinesspress.com/main.asp?SectionID=20&SubSectionID=45&ArticleID=13945

 

 

Hogg Foundation awards scholarships

Texas Cable News

December 26, 2010

 

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health awarded scholarships to University of Texas at Arlington graduate students Damaris Mosharaf of Irving and Chris Winton of Fort Worth. The scholarships are part of a statewide strategy to increase Spanish-language mental-health services. The foundation has invested an additional $1.5 million to extend the program three more years.

http://www.txcn.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/tv/stories/DN-cenednotes_26cen.ART.Central.Edition1.148523e.html

 

 

Business Announcements

El Paso Inc.

December 19, 2010

 

University of Texas at El Paso graduate students Claudette Barragán, Velia Herren, Daisey Lobatos and Rachel Orduño have been awarded scholarships from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support bilingual mental health services in Texas. All are students in UTEP's Department of Social Work.

http://elpasoinc.com/readArticle.aspx?issueid=317&xrec=5979

 

 

"The First Lady Of Texas!" Miss Ima Hogg Of Bayou Bend

The Esoteric Curiosa

December 18, 2010

 

Known as "The First Lady of Texas", Ima Hogg was an American philanthropist, patron and collector of the arts, and one of the most respected women in Texas during the 20th century. ... The discovery of oil on her family's plantation made Hogg very wealthy, and she used this income to benefit the people of Texas. In 1929, she founded the Houston Child Guidance Center, which provides counseling for disturbed children and their families. Through her brother's will, she established the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin in 1940.

http://theesotericcuriosa.blogspot.com/2010/12/first-lady-of-texas-miss-ima-hogg-of.html

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Texas' social services chief expects agonizing budget process

Dallas Morning News

January 1, 2011

 

AUSTIN - As lawmakers gear up to hunt for every penny they can use against an unprecedented budget gap, Texas' safety net for the poor and vulnerable figures to get a lot of scrutiny. The Legislature's Republican leadership will confront weighty questions, such as how many children the state can afford to provide medical care for and what level of care and supervision can be provided for the elderly and disabled. At lawmakers' elbows will be the chief of state social services, Tom Suehs. He predicts an agonizing process.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/010111dnmethotseat.5ebefb.html

 

 

Foster Kids Struggle To Claim Belongings From CPS

Texas Tribune

January 3, 2011

 

... Child-welfare advocates say this is a common occurrence among children bouncing from placement to placement. If children cannot take their belongings with them, caseworkers are supposed to store the items in their offices until they are claimed. But, the advocates say, those possessions are often misplaced, given to the wrong child or even stolen.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/child-protective-services/foster-kids-struggle-to-claim-belongings-from-cps-/

 

 

Cuts challenge new state office for death-row appeals

Austin American-Statesman

December 31, 2010

 

... Levenson runs the Texas office on a public-defender model that stresses efficiency and economy. Instead of specializing, his two investigators examine both aspects of a capital punishment trial, including mitigation, where jurors hear about mental disorders, childhood abuse or other factors that may persuade them to choose life in prison instead of execution.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/cuts-challenge-new-state-office-for-death-row-1156458.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

 

New El Paso County officials face big, immediate challenges

El Paso Times

December 30, 2010

 

New county officials might have ambitious agendas, but after they're sworn in Saturday, they'll be faced almost immediately with big challenges. ... as the Legislature tries to close a budget hole as big as $25 billion, it's likely to try to shift the burden for services such as mental health to cash-strapped counties, Escobar said.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_16969288

 

 

MHMR feels impact of October funding cuts

El Paso Times

December 24, 2010

 

The impact of October funding cuts to a key program is already being felt, Gary Larcenaire, CEO of El Paso Mental Health Mental Retardation, said recently. He said more mental patients are staying longer in hospital emergency rooms. Other mental-health pro viders, however, are skeptical.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_16933470?IADID=Search-www.elpasotimes.com-www.elpasotimes.com

 

 

Experts: Asians' mental illness a growing problem; Suicide rates high for women older than 65 and those 15 to 24

Houston Chronicle

January 3, 2011

 

When Asian American Family Services opened 12 years ago, the Houston area had no social service agencies offering mental health services targeted to Asians and just a few bilingual mental health professionals. The situation hasn't changed much since then, but mental illness in the growing Asian community has - it's more severe than ever before, say local mental health experts.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7363149.html

 

 

Domestic abuse agencies brace for uptick in cases; New year brings spike in violence, groups say - a trend that is worsening

Houston Chronicle

December 26, 2010

 

Houston-area women's shelters are preparing for the storm that comes every year after the calm of Christmas. ... Women might need shelter, counseling and help with furthering their education to get a better job. They also might have mental health or drug abuse issues. All of those things together make for a complex, lengthy process, she said.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/chronicle/7354772.html

 

 

JPS nurses take health information straight to the homeless

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

December 29, 2010

 

... Twice a month, a team will set up at the Methodist Mission to sign people up for the JPS Connections program. Team members are also visiting many of the estimated 70 homeless camps around town to take blood pressure, do dental screenings and urge people to see a physician. Mental illness and fear often keep the homeless away.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/12/29/2733844/jps-nurses-take-health-information.htmlixzz19zieTP00

 

 

JPS launches innovative effort to combat rural doctor shortage

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

December 23, 2010

 

FORT WORTH -- The JPS Health Network has launched a unique effort to raise money for doctor residencies and to combat the shortage of doctors in rural areas. JPS is recruiting small Texas communities to pay a new doctor's resident salary and some other expenses, in exchange for that physician's practicing for five years in that community.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/12/23/2725861/jps-launches-innovative-effort.htmlixzz19zjOUota

 

 

Far East Dallas residents welcome all neighbors - including homeless

Dallas Morning News

December 30, 2010

 

... Ross Taylor, a vice president at LifeNet, which provides support services for homeless people with mental illness or addictions, said he's never seen such an outpouring from a neighborhood close to a homeless placement location.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/lakewood/stories/122910dnmethaven.6e1df9.html

 

 

Once helped by the Salvation Army, volunteers attend to others

Dallas Morning News

December 26, 2010

 

... There's Julius Miller, who can't even remember what he was doing on Christmas in past years, some of which were spent in a mental institution or living in the woods of North Carolina or Fort Worth. Miller, 61, said he was in the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam before battling post-traumatic stress disorder, mental illness and alcoholism. He eventually was referred to the Salvation Army and now lives at the Dallas center. Now sober, Miller is the lead singer in the same music group as Triplett, the Voices of Salvation. It's something he never could have done in years past.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/tv/stories/DN-xmasdinner_26met.ART.West.Edition1.148ec49.html

 

 

Daughter's struggle with illness inspires 100 marathons; Fueled by fatherly love

El Paso Times

December 22, 2010

 

... Fessenden will run 2,600 miles -- 100 marathons -- across the country in 140 days to raise awareness about mental illness. Fessenden, who had run only one marathon before he began his journey, was inspired by his daughter, Suzanne Fessenden, 28, and was fueled by the stigma and lack of money for schizophrenia research. Suzanne Fessenden was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager and has spent seven of the past 12 years in and out of psychiatric hospitals.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_16916151?IADID=Search-www.elpasotimes.com-www.elpasotimes.com

 

 

Teen suspect in legal limbo 14 months after Tyler teacher's slaying

Dallas Morning News

December 26, 2010

 

TYLER - In 14 months awaiting trial for killing his teacher, a 17-year-old named Byron has come to fear that someone is changing his body parts. He says the voices that told him to kill are saying that violence will heal him. After a recent evaluation, court-appointed forensic psychologist Emily Fallis concluded that the schizophrenic teenager remains delusional and dangerous. The Fort Worth behavioral expert's report to a juvenile court, obtained by The Dallas Morning News, predicted a "low probability" that Byron could maintain the minimal level of competence required for trial.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/crime/stories/122610dntexbyron.e95fba.html

 

 

Was musician's death a tragic mistake? Man said to be intruder at Maddox's home was ill and may have been confused, relative says

Austin American-Statesman

December 29, 2010

 

A shooting that left an Austin musician dead and another man seriously injured might have been the result of a tragic misunderstanding and not an attempted burglary, friends and relatives of both men said Tuesday. ... "It wasn't a robbery," said Landers, Bill Maddox's best friend since elementary school in Abilene, where the two men grew up. "It was a paranoid schizophrenic off his medicine who believed that he was trying to get into his safe house."

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/was-musicians-death-a-tragic-mistake-1151611.html

 

Related story: Man involved in deadly shooting Monday dies

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/man-involved-in-deadly-shooting-monday-dies-1155143.html

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Three High-Risk Populations Targeted for National Suicide Prevention Efforts; Task Forces Focus on LGBT Youth, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Military/Veterans

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

December 30, 2010

 

WASHINGTON, DC -The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention today added three new task forces to address suicide prevention efforts within high-risk populations: American Indians/Alaska Natives; youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; and military service members and veterans.

http://www.actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/files/pressrelease_TaskForcesHighRiskPopulations.pdf

 

 

States get bonuses for boosting enrollment for uninsured children in Medicaid; States also cut red tape and simplified enrollment process

U.S. Department of health and Human Services

December 27, 2010

 

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today awarded $206 million to 15 states for making significant progress in enrolling uninsured children in Medicaid.  This year's bonuses are more than double the $75 million awarded to ten states last year.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/12/20101227a.html

 

 

First Responders, Rescuers Come Forward With PTSD

National Public Radio

December 30, 2010

 

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition closely associated with the battlefield. But Michael Ferrara developed PTSD without going to war - he spent three decades living and saving lives in Aspen, Colo., as a search-and-rescue man, ski patrol officer, paramedic and firefighter. After several years, horrific images from those rescues started playing over and over in his mind. ...Ferrara isn't alone in his experience - other rescuers and first responders have had to cope with their own post-traumatic stress.

http://www.npr.org/2010/12/30/132476507/first-responders-rescuers-face-ptsd-struggles

 

 

What's A Mental Disorder? Even Experts Can't Agree

National Public Radio

December 29, 2010

 

The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, or DSM, updated roughly every 15 years, has detailed descriptions of all the mental disorders officially recognized by psychiatry. It's used by psychiatrists, insurance companies, drug researchers, the courts and even schools. But it's not without controversy: The proposed changes suggested this year have sparked a kind of civil war within psychiatry.

http://www.npr.org/2010/12/29/132407384/whats-a-mental-disorder-even-experts-cant-agree

 

 

Several Warnings, Then a Soldier's Lonely Death

The New York Times

January 1, 2011

 

...Officially, the Army says only that Sergeant Senft, 27, a crew chief on a Black Hawk helicopter in the 101st Airborne Division's aviation brigade, was killed as a result of "injuries sustained in a noncombat related incident" at Kandahar Air Base on Nov. 15. ... But his father, also named David Senft, an electrician from Grass Valley, Calif., who had worked in Afghanistan for a military contractor, is convinced that his son committed suicide, as are many of his friends and family members and the soldiers who served with him.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/world/asia/02suicide.html?scp=7&sq=mental&st=nyt

 

 

Cloud hangs over anti-smoking drug

Dallas Morning News

December 26, 2010

 

... Tragedy has plagued Chantix since it was approved in May 2006, even as the drug has helped some smokers kick the habit. By mid-2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had received reports of nearly 100 suicides, 200 attempted suicides and close to 5,000 serious psychiatric events overall. Hundreds of reports of side effects have streamed in this year. A review of the drug's history shows that Pfizer Inc., the giant pharmaceutical company that makes Chantix, failed in its years of clinical trials to test the product on the mentally ill or those with a recent history of depression - even though millions of smokers suffer from psychiatric problems.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/nation/stories/DN-chantix_26ent.ART0.State.Edition1.1485fb6.html

 

 

Families worry mental health cuts will send kids spiraling

Los Angeles Times

December 28, 2010

 

Services for 20,000 California students may be in jeopardy because of a Schwarzenegger veto of funding. A class-action suit seeks to keep the services as they are.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-me-mental-health-20101224,0,3330710.story

 

 

Mo. mental health workers racking up overtime

San Antonio Express-News

January 3, 2011

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Employees at the Missouri Department of Mental Health have racked up excessive amounts of overtime - sometimes working weeks of double shifts without days off - because the department lacked policies to limit overtime hours, a state audit found.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Mo-mental-health-workers-racking-up-overtime-933581.php#ixzz19zxWUjOX

 

 

DC clubhouse serving mentally ill to close

San Antonio Express-News

December 31, 2010

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Washington clubhouse that has served people with serious mental illness for more than three decades is closing. The Green Door Clubhouse at 16th and Corcoran streets is shutting its doors Friday after its leaders decided that its social, educational and employment programming could not survive city funding cuts.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/DC-clubhouse-serving-mentally-ill-to-close-930315.php#ixzz19zys6LIM

 

 

Ohio hospital's 'street med' team serves homeless

San Antonio Express-News

January 1, 2011

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - ... The men and women with Mount Carmel Outreach meet with homeless advocate Ken Andrews one morning each week and then head out to care for them. They treat who they can and refer others. That can mean hospital care, rehab and assistance finding housing or reconnecting with family.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Ohio-hospital-s-street-med-team-serves-homeless-931928.php#ixzz19zyX9RF1

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Health Care Battles To Surge Anew In 2011

Kaiser Health News

January 3, 2011

 

KHN reporters preview some of the big issues coming this year: The GOP's fight to repeal the law and what the party can offer instead; states' efforts to beat back growing Medicaid costs; consumers' troubles affording care. Click each reporter to view their prediction.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/January/03/Reporters-On-2011.aspx

 

 

G.O.P. Newcomers Set Out to Undo Obama Victories

The New York Times

January 3, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - Soon after the 112th Congress convenes Wednesday, Republicans in the House plan to make good on a campaign promise that helped vault many new members to victory: voting to repeal President Obama's health care overhaul.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/03/us/politics/03repubs.html?_r=1&ref=health

 

 

Big Health-Care Changes Arrive in New Year

The Wall Street Journal

December 31, 2010

 

New taxes on drug makers, lower prescription-drug costs for seniors and restrictions on tax-free medical spending accounts are among a slate of health-law provisions that kick in Saturday. The changes show how the law will begin to reshape American health care, even as opponents try to overturn the measure in Congress and the courts.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703909904576052240946162956.html

 

 

Access to Care for the Categorically Ineligible

Grantmakers In Health

December 20, 2010

 

Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will expand health care coverage to 32 million Americans, many states remain concerned about providing their residents access to clinical and preventive services. Many programs and services put in place by the ACA do not cover categorically ineligible individuals, including undocumented immigrants and the homeless.

http://www.gih.org/usr_doc/Access_to_Care_for_Categorically_Ineligibile_ASTHO_December_2010.pdf

 

 

Some Policies Restrict Coverage By Limiting Visits To The Doctor

Kaiser Health News

Dec 21, 2010

 

When examining your health benefits for the new year, you'll probably notice that your plan has eliminated lifetime and most annual dollar limits on coverage. That was mandated by the federal health-care overhaul. But for some consumers, coverage may still be restricted: Limits on the number of doctor visits or prescriptions or other services continue to be permitted and can stymie patients' efforts to get necessary care.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Features/Insuring-Your-Health/Michelle-Andrews-on-limits-to-visits.aspx

 

 

Pro / Con: The fairness of health insurance incentives

Los Angeles Times

January 3, 2011

 

Many employers offer discounts to workers who take steps toward better health. This can cut costs and encourage wellness, but it could also penalize those who can't make the changes and yet will pay more in premiums.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-health-incentives-20110103,0,2603060.story

 

 

Educating Californians about the Affordable Care Act

Grantmakers In Health

December 20, 2010

 

The California Endowment launched a consumer education effort aimed at explaining the contents of the Affordable Care Act for one simple reason: our organization's mission is "to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians."

http://www.gih.org/usr_doc/Educating_Californians_ACA_CalEndow_December_2010.pdf

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Mexico plan to save violent border city is lacking

Austin American-Statesman

January 2, 2011

 

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) - ... Twenty doctors have been kidnapped since 2008 and three have been murdered just in the past year - one in a car bomb attack and another even after his family paid a ransom to his kidnappers. There have been no arrests in any of the cases. The program equipped the city's psychiatric hospital, but was unable to hire psychologists for mental health services.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/mexico-plan-to-save-violent-border-city-is-1159497.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

 

OPINIONS

 

It's enough to make you crazy: Our county jail is not the place to treat mental illness

Houston Chronicle

January 1, 2011

 

... Although we have made great progress in service to these citizens, we are still unable to change the fundamental fact that has forced local law enforcement into the role of de facto mental health professionals: People simply cannot get the treatment and services they need to lead stable, healthy lives.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7362044.html

 

 

Cutting deep: Threatened cuts in mental health services would deal a severe blow to the county jail

Houston Chronicle

December 28, 2010

 

What's wrong with this picture? The largest administrator of mental health services in Harris County is the county jail. It's a symptom of a national problem: There are now more than three times more seriously mentally ill individuals in jails and prisons in this country than in hospitals. But in Texas, that ratio is almost eight to one. In the Harris County Jail, the third largest in the country, on any given day 20 to 25 percent of the 10,000 or so inmates are receiving psychotropic medications.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/7356815.html

 

 

A parody of therapy

Los Angeles Times

December 29, 2010

 

The picture says it all. Taken by Times photographer Rick Loomis, it neatly sums up the dysfunction of California's prison system. In the photograph, two mentally ill inmates in the Vacaville prison sit in metal cages the size of phone booths for what is supposed to be a group therapy session; a psychologist, seated several feet away and wearing a sport coat over body armor, plays an acoustic guitar and attempts to build trust by leading them in a sing-along of "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay."

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-cages-20101229,0,1295877.story

 

 

To improve health care, keep the focus on the patient

Austin American-Statesman

December 27, 2010

 

Regardless of future changes that might alter health care reform legislation recently passed by Congress, it is time for fundamental change in how we deliver health care in this country. The system we have in place intended to be simple and efficient is anything but. Ask the patient who has traveled from office to office, repeatedly filling out the same forms, answering the same questions, showing the same insurance card. Such a system is neither efficient nor healthy.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/barnett-to-improve-health-care-keep-the-focus-1149456.html

 

 

Five myths about bullying

Washington Post

December 30, 2010

 

... 4. Bullying is a major cause of suicide. ... Bullying can be a trigger for suicide, but other underlying factors are usually involved. Interpreting a teenager's suicide as a reaction to bullying ignores the complex emotional problems that American youth face. To understand the complexity of suicidal behavior, we need to look beyond one factor.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/30/AR2010123001751.html

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Case-managed Care Improves Outcomes for Depressed Patients with Multiple Medical Conditions

National Institute of Mental Health

December 30, 2010

 

People with diabetes or heart disease plus depression fare better if their medical care is coordinated by a care manager who also educates patients about their condition and provides motivational support, compared to those who receive care from their primary care physician only, according to an NIMH-funded study published December 30, 2010, in the New England Journal of Medicine.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2010/case-managed-care-improves-outcomes-for-depressed-patients-with-multiple-medical-conditions.shtml

 

 

Depressed Smokers Less Likely to Stay Tobacco Free

ScienceDaily

December 31, 2010

 

Depressed smokers want to quit the nicotine habit just as much as non-depressed smokers, but a new study suggests that depression can put a kink in their success.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101207151327.htm

 

 

Treating Women's Depression Might Help Them Lose Weight

ScienceDaily

December 27, 2010

 

For many women coping with obesity and depression, new research finds that improving your mood might be the link to losing weight.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101210095348.htm

 

 

Clinicians show heuristic bias in bipolar disorder diagnosis

MedWire News

December 24, 2010

 

Only 40% of clinicians make a correct diagnosis of bipolar disorder when presented with a definitive case and are subject to heuristic bias, a survey shows. Clinicians were more likely to make a correct diagnosis when more symptoms were present - meaning patients who just meet the threshold criteria are at risk for undertreatment, report Larissa Wolkenstein (University of Tübingen, Germany) and colleagues.

http://www.medwire-news.md/55/90611/Bipolar_Disorder/Clinicians_show_heuristic_bias_in_bipolar_disorder_diagnosis.html

 

 

Brain Scans May Predict Schizophrenia

Psych Central

December 25, 2010

 

A new study suggests brain scans could be used to predict the onset of schizophrenia in young people with a family history of the disease. University of Edinburgh researchers discovered the brains of people who later develop schizophrenia shrink at an accelerated rate before they first become ill.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/12/25/brain-scans-may-predict-schizophrenia/22139.html

 

 

'Real world' executive function test proposed for schizophrenia

MedWire News

December 24, 2010

 

A test that assesses schizophrenia patients' ability to do grocery shopping is a good measure of executive function in a natural environment, say researchers. The Test of Grocery Shopping Skills (TOGSS) showed close correlation with eight measures of executive function, study co-author Elizabeth Zayat (Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, USA) and colleagues report in the journal Psychiatry Research.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90610/Psychiatry/%E2%80%98Real_world%E2%80%99_executive_function_test_proposed_for_schizophrenia.html

 

 

The physical and psychological effects of church and prayer

Austin American-Statesman

December 30, 2010

 

I wonder if it's always been this way, but in recent months, at least, there have been a number of feel-good stories about religion. The first of these began with a study from early December about how church is good for people because it creates a sense of belonging and friendship. ... The study says that church-based friendship promotes a sense of belonging while also enhancing physical and mental health. It is perhaps the only kind of social networking unavailable to secularists because it's embedded in a congregational context.

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/faith/entries/2010/12/30/the_physical_and_psychological.html?cxntfid=blogs_of_sacred_and_secular

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

SAMHSA accepting applications for more than $45.9 million in state and tribal youth suicide prevention grants

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

December 30, 2010

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing the availability of up to $45.9 million in grants for cooperative agreements with state and tribal sponsored programs for preventing youth suicide. These efforts should involve a wide variety of youth-serving institutions including schools, juvenile justice systems, foster care systems, and substance abuse and mental health programs.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1012300410.aspx

 

 

SAMHSA accepting applications for more than $5.5 million in campus suicide prevention grants

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

December 30, 2010

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing the availability of up to $5.5 million in funding for campus suicide prevention grant programs. These grants will promote comprehensive approaches to preventing suicide in institutions of higher education throughout the nation.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1012302123.aspx

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

GIH Bulletin

Grantmakers In Health

December 20, 2010

 

Monthly newsletter about health care philanthropy.

http://www.gih.org/usr_doc/GIH12-20-10.pdf



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