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

June, 2011

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Health watch: Grant to help measure impact of border violence

El Paso Times

June 20, 2011

 

Dr. Kathleen O'Connor, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso, has received a $17,500 grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to measure the mental-health impact of recent border violence on university students.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/living/ci_18311555 

 

 

UT Tyler Professor to receive grant to study new anxiety treatments

KYTX Tyler

June 17, 2011

 

... "This project has potentially far-reaching implications for refining theories about the cause and treatment of anxiety," Sass said. "If proven effective, computer-based interventions can be used to treat people with less access to mental health resources, such as those without health insurance, from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds or who live in rural locations."

http://www.cbs19.tv/story/14932595/ut-tyler-professor-to-receive-grant-to-study-new-anxiety-treatments 

 

 

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

Leaders blame ideology for failure to fix budget; 'We basically kicked the can down the road,' says Senate leader Ogden

Houston Chronicle

June 20, 2011

 

AUSTIN - Lawmakers entered the 2011 legislative session facing a chronically under-performing business tax, a school finance system in need of a revamp and pointed questions about billions of dollars in tax exemptions while the state faced a massive budget shortfall. They could enter the 2013 session the same way, having failed to come to agreement on any of the three, potentially guaranteeing themselves a repeat of the budget woes that bedeviled the regular session's 140 days.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7617653.html 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Shining a light on darker side of motherhood: A decade ago today, Clear Lake's Andrea Yates drowned her five children, and the case broke the postpartum depression silence

Houston Chronicle

June 19, 2011

 

... In 2001 most people, including many doctors, didn't know about the condition and many women who had it suffered in silence, experts said. The past decade, however, has brought education and greater awareness, lessening the stigma and making it easier for women to seek help. Screening tools have been developed to identify and assist mothers in getting further evaluation and medical care. Research on the causes and treatment of postpartum depression has advanced. Lawmakers in a dozen states, including Texas, have passed legislation mandating screening or the distribution of information to mothers.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7617857.html 

 

 

Veterans Affairs addresses growing demand of women needing care

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

June 20, 2011

 

... One of the biggest differences between the genders may well be in post-traumatic stress. A VA Office of Inspector General report in January discovered that women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely to be diagnosed with mental-health conditions than men, yet men are far more likely to receive financial benefits for those problems. Because of the overwhelming demand for counseling and a shortage of therapists, the VA conducts much of its therapy in group sessions. But Olson said that won't work for many women.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/06/19/3163910/veterans-affairs-addresses-growing.html 

 

 

Less help looms for the needy

San Antonio Express-News

June 20, 2011

 

Groups that help the needy and suburbs struggling to modernize are facing a sharp drop in federal support for 2012 community development projects, Bexar County officials warned last week. ... Seven groups sought a total of $1.9 million in HOME project funds, but the county is expecting $582,607, a decrease of about $80,000. Three projects were selected, with $300,000 set aside for a National Alliance on Mental Illness project in Converse

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Less-help-looms-for-the-needy-1431235.php 

 

 

A legal avenue for homeless: Special sessions of municipal court let destitute resolve misdemeanor tickets

Houston Chronicle

June 19, 2011

 

... Established in 2006, the voluntary program provides a way for the homeless to clear misdemeanor tickets through time spent in community service or recovery programs. It's the only such court in Texas, according to the American Bar Association. Homeless Court takes place three Wednesdays a month with about 20 defendants each session.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7617905.html 

 

 

Local Officials Open New Homeless Living Site

KGNS Laredo

June 17, 2011

 

Laredo has a large number of homeless in the city that don't really have anywhere to go. So some local officials decided to do something about it. They were able to raise money to build a facility for the homeless. "This is the future site of a permanent housing facility not only for homeless, but also for those who suffer from drug addiction and mental illness."

http://www.pro8news.com/news/local/Multiple-Agencies-Open-New-Homeless-Living-124116789.html 

 

 

Programs addressing homelessness, mental health helped Fort Worth win All-America City award

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

June 18, 2011

 

... We Are Legal was one of three programs cited in the city's application. All dealt with corners of the community that are often neglected. Directions Home focuses on reducing the city's chronic homeless population. Then there is Mental Health Connection, which arose from the 1999 shootings at Wedgwood Baptist Church, where a mentally ill man killed seven people and wounded seven others. Since it began 11 years ago, the program has generated more than $45 million in funds and in-kind services to improve local mental-health care.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/06/18/3162601/programs-addressing-homelessness.html 

 

 

Recycling Day Held for MHMR of Texoma

KTEN North Texas

June 18, 2011

 

DENISON, TX--Rather than going into the landfill, old computers, TVs and even VHS tapes were exchanged for cash. A recycle day was held to raise money for the Mental Health Mental Retardation Services of Texoma. After Texas state budget cuts, MHMR spokespeople said they need extra funds now more than ever.

http://www.kten.com/story/14935389/recycling-day-held-for-mhmr-of-texoma 

 

 

Execution near in crack house killings; No motive ever determined in slayings

Houston Chronicle

June 20, 2011

 

... Rosen said Mathis' defense never had much of a chance and never had enough money to fully explore what Rosen claims is significant mental impairment. "He did an awful, awful thing and should be punished severely," Rosen said. "I can't explain why he did it. But he was mentally ill or mentally deficient in some way. He was competent to go to trial, but he was off. So off."

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7617711.html 

 

 

Another round of mental evaluations for Byron Truvia

KLTV

June 18, 2011

 

TYLER, TX - A judge wished Byron Truvia, 18, a belated "happy birthday" before ordering him to undergo another mental evaluation at a Texas state hospital. Truvia will return to the 114th District Court for another hearing following that 120-day mental evaluation.

http://www.kltv.com/story/14931005/another-round-of-mental-evaluations-for-byron-truvia 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Risperdal Recalled Due To Strange Smell

Medical News Today

June 20, 2011

 

Approximately 16,000 bottles of schizophrenia drug - Risperdal - have been recalled by Johnson & Johnson company, Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. because of an "uncharacteristic odor". The smell is thought to be caused by traces of a byproduct of a chemical preservative which is applied to wooden pallets - 2, 4, 6 tribromoanisole (TBA). The company says TBA is not toxic, but can give off an unpleasant smell. A very small number of patients may experience temporary gastrointestinal symptoms.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/228950.php 

 

 

Chemical Suicides, Popular in Japan, Are Increasing in the U.S.

The New York Times

June 18, 2011

 

In Japan it is known as detergent suicide, a near-instant death achieved by mixing common household chemicals into a poisonous cloud of gas. By some counts, more than 2,000 people there have taken their own lives, inhaling the gas - in most cases hydrogen sulfide - in cars, closets or other enclosed spaces. The police now say they are seeing an increasing number of similar suicides in the United States, inspired by Web sites that carry recipes for the chemical mix as well as detailed instructions on how to use it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/us/19chemical.html?_r=1&ref=health 

 

 

NC Grapples With Legacy Of Sterilization Programs

National Public Radio

June 19, 2011

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Nearly 35 years after ending the country's most active post-war sterilization program, North Carolina is the only state trying to make amends to thousands of people who cannot have children because of eugenics-inspired theories about social improvement. ... The Department of Social Services even established a psychology division to test individuals referred by social workers. Many received benefits such as special education or occupational training. Some with mental disabilities, mental illness or even epilepsy were deemed unfit to become parents.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=137280165 

 

 

Juvenile workers say staff assaults go unchecked

San Antonio Express-News

June 19, 2011

 

BOSTON (AP) - ... Jane Tewksbury, DYS commissioner for Massachusetts, said reporting assaults to prosecutors goes against the core mission of the juvenile justice system: to rehabilitate youth. This week, Massachusetts lawmakers are poised to consider a bill that would make it mandatory for DYS to report serious assaults to local district attorneys for possible prosecution.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Juvenile-workers-say-staff-assaults-go-unchecked-1430838.php 

 

 

Ark. State Hospital execs resign over compliance

San Antonio Express-News

June 17, 2011

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A shake-up Friday at the Arkansas State Hospital is intended to bring improvements to how the state cares for the mentally ill, state officials said, after a critical report from federal inspectors who said the facility was not meeting quality standards.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Ark-State-Hospital-execs-resign-over-compliance-1428858.php 

 

 

Phoenix center a life-line for homeless seniors

San Antonio Express-News

June 18, 2011

 

SUN CITY, Ariz. (AP) -

 ... The real reasons for homelessness that Ritchey has seen in the last five years can be broken down into several categories: mental or physical disabilities, having nowhere to go after a prison stint, bad luck, substance abuse or a developmental disability.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Phoenix-center-a-life-line-for-homeless-seniors-1429822.php 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Seriously, Some Consensus About Health Care

The New York Times

June 18, 2011

 

... Consider health care, which will be at the center of the political debate. Here are four aspects of the issue in which Republicans and Democrats have stumbled into consensus.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/business/economy/19view.html?ref=health# 

 

 

Program Offering Waivers for Health Law Is Ending

The New York Times

June 17, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Friday that it was shutting down a program that had provided exemptions from the new health care law for many employers and labor unions offering bare-bones insurance coverage to workers. No more applications will be accepted after Sept. 22, federal health officials said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/health/policy/18health.html?ref=health# 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Protecting youthful offenders

The Washington Post

June 18, 2011

 

...Every day, some 10,000 juveniles are held in adult jails or prisons at an increased risk of rape and other forms of sexual abuse and violence. Others, like Mr. Lawson, are held in isolation and experience the emotional and psychological harm that comes from being cut off from human contact. For some, the strain is so intense that they commit suicide. Although there are laws that call for most juveniles to be kept out of adult jails and prisons, these provisions do not go far enough.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2011/06/15/AGY7iZZH_story.html 

 

 

Fort Worth's Day Resource Center for the Homeless is a crucial community safety net

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

June 18, 2011

... There's nothing romantic about how people end up homeless. They've made bad choices. They've experienced devastating circumstances: loss of a job, loss of a spouse, a debilitating illness or disease, domestic violence. But they are human beings who deserve to be treated with dignity. The Day Resource Center provides that dignity. What happens if the center goes away? The issue of homelessness will no longer be out of sight.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/06/18/3161508/fort-worths-day-resource-center.html 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Study examines what families want from their church

Dallas Baptist Press  

June 17, 2011

 

WACO (ABP) - ... In 2004, Baylor University researchers polled more than 3,000 members of churches in 12 states affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship or both. Researchers asked respondents to mark items from a list of 37 possible causes of family stress. Four of the top five reported stressors involved physical or mental health. A third reported serious illness or disability of a family member, close friend or relative had caused stress for their family in the previous year. About one in four mentioned death of a loved one, depression or other serious emotional problems or financial strain.

http://www.baptiststandard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12639&Itemid=53 

 

 

Drug Boosts Growth Factor to Jumpstart Rapid Antidepressant Response, Little-known Enzyme Pivotal, Mouse Study Reveals

National Institute of Mental Health

June 17, 2011

 

A study in mice has pinpointed a pivotal new player in triggering the rapid antidepressant response produced by ketamine. By deactivating a little-known enzyme, the drug takes the brakes off rapid synthesis of a key growth factor thought to lift depression, say NIMH-funded researchers.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2011/drug-boosts-growth-factor-to-jumpstart-rapid-antidepressant-response.shtml 

 

 

Link Between Pregnancy-Related Depression And Eating Disorders, Abuse Histories

Medical News Today

June 17, 2011

 

Having a history of eating disorders or abuse may increase a woman's risk for developing depression during and after pregnancy, according to new research from UNC. The finding could influence how doctors screen patients during prenatal visits.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/228859.php 

 

 

'Coming Out' Makes People Happier, But Mainly In Supportive Settings

Medical News Today

June 20, 2011

 

Coming out as lesbian, gay, or bisexual increases emotional well-being even more than earlier research has indicated. But the psychological benefits of revealing one's sexual identity - less anger, less depression, and higher self-esteem - are limited to supportive settings, shows a study published June 20 in Social Psychology and Personality Science.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/228985.php 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

The Future of Houston's Children Conference

Children at Risk and the Conference of Southwest Foundations

June 2011

 

The 5th Annual Future of Houston's Children Conference will feature expert speakers to discuss the emerging trends, issues and innovations that impact the future of Houston-area children. Special topics include: pediatric health, juvenile justice, public education reform, technological innovations, STEM learning (Science, Technology and Mathematics), and many more. Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at United Way of Greater Houston. $35.00 (cost of admission includes lunch).

http://action.voices.org/site/Calendar?id=102221&view=Detail 

 

 

Webinar: Effective Media Communication

Mental Health First Aid USA

June 2011

 

Many of us believe we are effective communicators, but in reality, journalists need information in a very different form than we are used to presenting it. In this webinar you will learn how to employ focused talking points, interview effectively, and get your message across to an audience of any size. In addition to understanding your rights as an interviewee, you will take away from this webinar a new confidence in speaking with a variety of media outlets. Thursday, June 23, 1:00 pm central time. Register online.

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/257108779 

 

 

Getting into med school requires more than MCAT

El Paso Times

June 20, 2011

 

This summer marks exactly two years since we accepted our inaugural class of medical students into our new Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. ... In this column, we will address some of the steps needed to apply to medical school and what the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is doing to introduce and promote health careers to area students.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/living/ci_18311559 

 

 

Book Review: I'm O.K., You're a Psychopath

The New York Times

June 17, 2011

 

Do psychopaths enjoy reading books about psychopaths? In his engagingly irreverent new best seller, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, the journalist Jon Ronson notes that only about one in 100 people are psychopaths (there is a higher proportion in prisons and corporate boardrooms), but he wonders if this population will be overrepresented among readers of his book.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/books/review/im-ok-youre-a-psychopath.html?_r=1&scp=11&sq=mental&st=nyt



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