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Mental Health Daily
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

February, 2016

DAILY SPECIAL
 
The Week
February 21, 2016
 
Solitary confinement has been linked to a variety of profoundly negative psychological outcomes, including suicidal tendencies and spatial and cognitive distortions.
 
 
National Institute of Mental Health
February 19, 2016
 
Is mobile mental health research the next frontier in this smartphone revolution? Based on Dr. Patricia Areán’s pioneering BRIGHTEN study, research via smartphone app is already a reality.
 
 
The Guardian
February 21, 2016
 
Twenty years ago, Tom Wolfe made predictions about how advances in neuroscience would transform our understanding of human behaviour. So, how much did he get right?

 
HOGG FOUNDATION
 
Valley Morning Star
February 19, 2016
 
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has awarded a $25,000 grant to a local elementary school.
 
 
TEXAS
 
Daily Texan
February 22, 2016
 
Step aside, naps and Netflix. Students can now use a cutting-edge technique called neurofeedback to help themselves relax after a long day of exams. 
 
 
Midland Reporter-Telegram
February 20, 2016
 
The Midland Juvenile Probation Department has led the effort to create the Midland County System of Care, which received nonprofit designation in December. The organization strives to provide wraparound services -- support across multiple disciplines such as mental health care, substance abuse treatment and trauma-informed counseling -- for youth on probation.
 
 
Texas Public Radio
February 19, 2016
 
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau delivered her third State of the Sheriff’s Office address to the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce this afternoon. On Mental Health Intervention, the sheriff’s office began performing mental health screenings at the point of arrest, which Pamerleau says led to nearly a quarter of arrested persons needing intervention.
 
 
Houston Chronicle
February 21, 2016
 
Experts applaud steps McClelland took as chief to divert low-level criminals from jail, with innovations like the department's Mental Health Division and sobering center.
 
 
NATIONAL
 
CNN
February 21, 2016
 
In the wake of a scathing report about failures in the Department of Veterans Affairs suicide hotline, Sen. Mark Kirk is demanding that the VA fire its director of mental health.
 
 
New York Post
February 22, 2016
 
A pair of state lawmakers from Brooklyn are looking to make teachers the "first line of defense" in combatting mental health problems among students.
 

HEALTHCARE REFORM
 
San Antonio Express-News
February 19, 2016
 
They don’t offer much protection and won’t get consumers out of paying penalties for going without health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but an increasing number of people are turning to short-term medical plans as a temporary solution for basic coverage.
 
 
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
 
Guardian
February 20, 2016
 
Dr. Alan Smith, the bishop of St Albans, says proposed cuts will hit those the prime minister wants to help.
 
 
RESEARCH
 
Mic
February 19, 2016
 
As current states are observing explosions in tax revenue from their cannabis industries, and even more local governments are working quickly to make weed legal for both medical and recreational purposes, some are questioning whether the green leaf has any negative long-term health effects, like mental illness.
 
 
BPS Research Digest
February 19, 2016
 
A US academic who spent 16 months embedded in three American psychology baby labs reports that he observed numerous examples of researchers cutting corners and bending the rules of science.
 
 
OPINION
 
Huffington Post
February 22, 2016
 
Some experts worry that we aren't taking advantage of the opportunity to talk about the role of masculinity in college sexual violence.
 
 
Huffington Post
February 22, 2016
 
Right now, Islamophobia is hurting all of us South Asians, Muslim or not. On a very basic level, South Asians -- from Hindus and Sikhs to atheists -- are being dehumanized based upon how we look.
 
 
New York Times
February 20, 2016
 
Many studies have shown that physical activity — sports, hiking, playing outdoors — is tied to girls’ self-esteem. And yet girls are often warned away from doing anything that involves a hint of risk.
 
FEATURES
 
Wired
February 22, 2016
 
Room, the film that’s up for four Oscars this weekend, is about the psychology of survival: How does a mother cope when she and her son are confined to one space for years?
 
 
Bustle
February 21, 2016
 
The Anger Room is a company that was started in Texas in 2008, but travels around to different parts of the country to set up pop-up Anger Rooms where people in need of a good venting sesh can visit to mollify themselves by destroying everything in sight.
 
 
The Week
February 22, 2016
 
If you're like many people, you can be a little OCD about language, but at the same time you can go ADHD and lose the thread and use some words loosely.
 
 
The Guardian
February 21, 2016
 
There are lessons in sadness, anger and listening in a week focused on mental health and the consequences of poor provision.
 
 
Aeon Magazine
February 19, 2016
 
So the justification of our current system of punishment depends on whether people deserve harsh treatment. Some thinkers, including Sam Harris and the neuroscientist John-Dylan Haynes, have suggested that, in fact, no one at all deserves to be punished because our choices and behaviour are all determined by physical processes we can’t control.


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