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Mental Health Daily - Is Mental Health Being Ignored in Presidential Politics?
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

May, 2016

 

 
 
 
 
It is surprising how rarely mental health, an issue that affects an overwhelming majority of Americans in some manner, is addressed as a serious, stand-alone issue in national politics.
 
 
 
 
DAILY SPECIAL​
 
Depression Comix
May 6, 2016
 
I really want to start a personal blog about how I’m dealing with my illness. But…
 
 
New York Times
May 9, 2016
 
The federal government has accused South Dakota of unconstitutionally warehousing the mentally ill and disabled in nursing homes. Meanwhile, at least 16 percent of the nation’s jail and prison inmates are estimated to be mentally ill and about 40 percent of the mentally ill have been incarcerated. Do we need to return to mental hospitals and other forms of institutional commitment to treat those with severe mental illness? Or are there other, more effective means of treatment? Read the discussion on Opinion Pages.
 
TEXAS
 
Texas Tribune
May 8, 2016
 
Two special masters appointed by a federal judge to oversee reforms to the state’s embattled foster care system have begun visiting with state officials, and their recent two-and-a-half-day orientation is projected to cost the state roughly $43,000, according to state officials.
 
 
Houston Chronicle
May 8, 2016
 
Thousands of Houston-area peace officers report to work each day without proper certification that they are mentally fit for duty.
 
 
Austin American-Statesman
May 6, 2016
 
Parents have grown more worried about increased threats to students since last summer. But Weiser’s death last month brought the concerns to a boiling point and forced the university community to grapple with addressing the needs of homeless people in a humanitarian way while pushing for stronger public safety practices.
 
 
Victoria Advocate
May 7, 2016
 
Michael Allen woke up Monday to messages from old Army buddies saying they had lost another one. Six veterans in his unit have committed suicide after returning home from war, including the chaplain and chaplain's assistant.
 
 
NATIONAL
 
Des Moines Register
May 9, 2016
 
How much oversight should faith-based treatment programs have? Alex Jacobsen nearly took his own life after entering the Dream Center in Spencer and his family is asking what can be done to prevent it from happening to another family.
 
 
Forbes
May 8, 2016
 
News that one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies is pursuing an evidence-based approach to substance abuse treatment and opioid addiction could potentially speed up the slow march away from fee-for-service mental health treatment.
 
 
NBC 29
May 6, 2016
 
Since their daughter was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel have created a foundation in her honor, funded research to help understand the underpinnings of violence and spoken on brain health around the country.
 
 
KUTV
May 8, 2016
 
But there's a terrible untold story. It's what's happening to thousands of the youths once they begin their new life. Instead of the American dream, it's the worst kind of nightmare.
 
 
Pacific Standard
May 9, 2016
 
Arizona is still the only state without a Children’s Health Insurance Program.
 
 
HEALTHCARE REFORM
 
Washington Post
May 8, 2016
 
The Affordable Care Act’s critics seemed to get a shocking piece of new evidence when UnitedHealth Group, the country’s largest health insurer, announced last month that it would pull out of many ACA markets next year. In fact, the news is not all that shocking, and it is not a sign that the law is failing.
 
 
INTERNATIONAL
 
Japan Times
May 9, 2016
 
The number of patients physically restrained at psychiatric hospitals more than doubled to 10,299 in fiscal 2013, compared with a decade earlier, data released Monday by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry show.
 
 
The Guardian
May 9, 2016
 
Only 55% of mental health trusts have reported increases to budgets since 2012 when ‘parity of esteem’ with physical health was promised.
 
 
RESEARCH
 
Medscape
May 6, 2016
 
Schizophrenia is not a single disease but rather is a group of distinct subtypes with varying symptoms based on a set of genes harboring novel or rare disruptive variants, a new study suggests.
 
 
Neuroskeptic
May 7, 2016
 
In recent years there has been great research interest in ketamine as an antidepressant. Ketamine, a drug better-known for its use as an anaesthetic (and a recreational drug in lower doses) is claimed to have powerful, rapid-acting antidepressant effects, even in depressed patients who have not responded to more conventional drugs.
 
 
Medscape
May 6, 2016
 
It is clear that 60 years after the first telepsychiatry consultation, the evidence is now in. We should no longer be thinking of telepsychiatry as being "new."


OPINION
 
Children’s Mental Health Network
May 4, 2016
 
This year marks a critical juncture for our country – one that presents both opportunities and challenges for health reform, and will determine whether or not we embrace the traditions of the past 150 years and move toward a more equitable, accessible, and patient-centered health system.
 
 
Guardian
May 9, 2016
 
A blog post by a private school headteacher claiming reading fantasy such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games can damage children’s brains has set the internet ablaze.
 
 
Globe and Mail
May 9, 2016
 
The amount of pain I endure on a day-to-day basis, it would break anyone. That’s what has brought me to argue for the right to die.
 
 
FEATURES
 
Science of Us
May 9, 2016
 
Last night’s episode, though, was a particularly exciting one for anyone in the social-science world. Specifically, Oliver took aim at the many, many ways the “findings” that reach news consumers — Sugar causes cancer! Late-night snacks harm your brain’s ability to create memories! Coffee will kill you and/or extend your life! — don’t stand up to basic scrutiny and are distorted by a myriad of different factors:
 
 
Houston Chronicle
May 7, 2016
 
Six months had passed since Fort Bend County sheriff's officers arrested 22-year-old Warren Muldrow on a felony charge of terroristic threat. He had called 911 from his group home, threatening to kill any police officer who came to get him.


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