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Mental Health Headlines: How cultural perception affects diabetes management
Hogg Foundation

January, 2018

 

Hogg Foundation Blog, December 21, 2017
Asian Americans have traditionally had a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to mental health issues. Providing services that are sensitive to a community’s culture-driven perspectives can overcome long-held tendencies to perceive health issues as something that one must manage on their own.
 
 
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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, January 4, 2017
Tabulating student suicides comes with its own set of challenges and problems, according to a report released this week by the Associated Press. But without that data, prevention advocates say, schools have no way to measure their success and can overlook trends that could offer insight to help them save lives.
 
 
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The fallout of police violence is killing black women like Erica Garner

The Conversation, January 4, 2017

In addition to the cumulative effects of misogynoir that no doubt took a toll on her body, the extreme trauma of having her father choked to death by Staten Island police officers and then having to watch the video of his killing loop endlessly on social media and television exacerbated her experience with stress in her everyday life.

 
 
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TEXAS NEWS
 
 
 
 

How Texas is trying to stay ahead of the opioid epidemic

Alcalde, January 1, 2017

“If we made a greater effort to address the human aspect of pain, or what doctors call the psychosocial aspects of illness—the thoughts, stress, emotions, behaviors and circumstances that create more symptoms and limitations for a given disease—we could get people more comfortable using a lot fewer opioids.”

 
 
 
 
U.S. NEWS
 
 
 
 

As vets demand cannabis for PTSD, science races to unlock its secrets

Scientific American, January 4, 2017

This past November, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo chose Veterans Day to make PTSD a qualifying condition for the state’s tightly controlled medical marijuana program. New York joined seven other states this year—and 27 overall—that include PTSD in their lists of conditions that qualify for medical cannabis.

 

Near incineration of psychiatric hospital highlights gaping need for more beds

Kaiser Health News, December 21, 2017

In recent years, catastrophes have damaged or threatened psychiatric facilities elsewhere around the country, sending doctors and families scrambling to transfer patients to other facilities, sometimes far away from their community, friends and family.

 
 
 
 
COMMUNITY HEALTH
 
 
 
 

How a new design process helps communities create their own health programs

Curbed, January 4, 2017

By putting human-centered design practices at the center of a new way of creating local programs and initiatives, a wide-ranging pilot project wants to change how communities design their own future.

 
 
 
 
YOUTH AND FAMILIES
 
 
 
 

Massive mental health crisis feared for Rohingya children

Today, January 5, 2017

“There have been other recent crises in places like Congo where children saw their families slaughtered or mothers being raped,” said Benjamin Steinlechner, a spokesman for UNICEF. “But the scale of what has happened with the Rohingya is so much greater than what we’ve seen in other places. We have no idea how all these children are going to process this trauma.”

 
 
 
 
HEALTH EQUITY
 
 
 
 

Online programs confront suicide in indigenous communities

Psychology Today, December 28, 2017

Indigenous communities have a long and painful history of mental health issues. Persistent poverty, discrimination and systemic racism have been cited as key factors in the growing mental health crisis these people face today. Indigenous communities are found in remote, less populated areas, making it difficult for them to get adequate care.

 

Parents with disabilities face an uphill battle to keep their children

Pacific Standard, January 3, 2017

The rights of parents with disabilities and the rights of children are not mutually exclusive, yet in ensuring the rights of children, the rights of parents with disabilities can often go by the wayside.

 
 
 
 
OPINION AND EDITORIAL
 
 
 
 

Perfectionism is destroying the mental health of my millennial generation

The Guardian, January 5, 2017

Perfectionism can allow us to aim high and achieve great things. However, perfectionists are doomed to failure, because we set ourselves standards that are not attainable for humans. We will never meet our goals, to the detriment of our mental health and wellbeing.

 

Why self-compassion beats self-confidence

The New York Times, December 28, 2017

We live in a culture that reveres self-confidence and self-assuredness, but as it turns out, there may be a better approach to success and personal development: self-compassion. While self-confidence makes you feel better about your abilities, it can also lead you to vastly overestimate those abilities.

 
 
 
 
RESEARCH
 
 
 
 

Allowing mentally ill people to access firearms is not fueling mass shootings

The Conversation, January 3, 2017

Are mentally disordered people with access to firearms really driving America’s gun violence problem? Our recent analysis suggests the answer is no. In fact, we found that people with serious mental illness who have access to firearms are no more likely to be violent than people living in the same neighborhoods who do not have mental illnesses.

 

Huge study of teen brains could reveal roots of mental illness, impacts of drug abuse

Science, January 3, 2017

In addition to providing the first standardized benchmarks of healthy adolescent brain development, this information should allow scientists to probe how substance use, sports injuries, screen time, sleep habits, and other influences may affect—or be affected by—a maturing brain.

 
 
 
 
RESOURCES AND EVENTS
 
 
 
 

EVENT | Black Student Athlete Summit: The Power of Race in College Athletics

The University of Texas at Austin, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Event Dates: January 17-19

We are aware of the stigma surrounding mental health in Black communities, but what happens when you compound this stigma with being a Black student-athlete? In a culture where student-athlete’s scholarships are predicated on performance and a coaching staff’s stability is centered on winning, where does mental health fit in?

 

WEBINAR SERIES | Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Webinar Dates: January 17, February 7 and February 21

Learn about recovery-oriented cognitive therapy (CT-R) for people who experience serious mental illness. CT-R is an empirically-supported approach that operationalizes recovery and resiliency principles in a person-centered, strength-based way.



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