World Health Day 2017
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared today World Health Day. The theme for this year is "Depression: let's talk." According to the WHO, depression is the leading cause of ill health worldwide, with more than 300 million people living with the condition. In today's Mental Health Daily, we will be highlighting stories of depression - as well as recovery. Join the Twitter conversation: #WorldHealthDay. 
 
 
 
   
 
 
DAILY SPECIAL
 
 
 
 
World Health Organization, April 7, 2017
Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. World Health Organization is leading a one-year global campaign to encourage people with depression, everywhere in the world, to seek and get help.
 
 
 
 
KXAN, April 6, 2017
The move comes after the superintendent sent a letter to parents about recent student deaths. Concerned parents tell KXAN two students — one at Cedar Park High School and Cedar Park Middle School — took their own lives within days of each other.
 
 
 
 
Medical Xpress, April 7, 2017
Structural racism, mass incarceration, and the widening income gap between rich and poor all feed growing health inequalities in the USA, which the health care system—by its very design and financing - only helps exacerbate, according to a new five paper Series published in The Lancet.
 
 
 
 
TEXAS NEWS
 
San Antonio Current, April 6, 2017
Josette Saxton, the director of mental health policy for Texans Care for Children, pointed to a 2016 study by the National Academy of Sciences in her Thursday testimony. The study explicitly advises schools against suspending or expelling students who bully, as it may just exacerbate any behavioral issues.

 

Texas Tribune, April 7, 2017
The current child welfare system in Texas is already stressed in its efforts to meet the bare minimum standards for kids in foster care with a lack of homes, of trained professionals and of services for children who have experienced trauma. This results in damaging placements and outcomes — as cited in the recent Children’s Rights’ lawsuit against the state.

 

 

U.S. NEWS

 

ProPublica, April 6, 2017
A federal judge in Brooklyn has accused state officials of secretly trying to subvert a landmark court order to improve care for thousands of mentally ill residents of New York City.
 
The Detroit News, April 4, 2017
The health and safety of Michigan mental health hospital patients is at risk because of mandatory overtime rules that lead to exhausted employees unable to control violent behavior, according to a new lawsuit seeking to stop the state from forcing “excessive” shifts.

 

 

WORLD NEWS

 

DNA India, April 7, 2017
Four days ago, Arjun Bharadwaj, an engineering student, jumped off a window at the Taj Land’s End hotel in Mumbai. Before taking the fatal step, Bharadwaj said that he was depressed and shared a Facebook video where he demonstrated what he called ‘a suicide tutorial’ where he smoked, drank, and said that it was nobody’s fault.

 

Roar.lk, April 7, 2017
Fifteen percent of women in Sri Lanka experience postpartum depression. There are 385,000 births every year in Sri Lanka, so 15% is a large number. Women with postpartum depression experience more or less the same symptoms [as those of] normal depression.

 

 

OPINION AND EDITORIAL

 

El Paso Times, April 6, 2017
Institutional systems are rarely responsive to the crises which erupt and family members are rarely adequately prepared to recognize and address the onset of an episode. Nor are we aware of the resources available in the community to assist us in addressing our mental health needs or those of our family members.

 

The Huffington Post, 
Today is World Health Day and the culmination of the World Health Organization’s yearlong campaign: “Depression: let’s talk.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 million people now live with depression, the most common mental illness.

 

 

YOUTH AND FAMILIES

 

Scroll.in, April 7, 2017
Family and friends of a person with mental illness walk on eggshells a lot. With depression being so deeply prevalent and so tragically ignored, most people in India are desperately ill-equipped to deal with depression and other mental illnesses in their family.

 

Global News, April 6, 2017
Parents can often miss the first signs of illness because their adult children are living outside the home. Addington says treatment is usually more successful if started early in the disease’s onset, so cluing in quickly is critical.

 

 

INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE

 

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, April 7, 2017
In short, breastfeeding can make the world a happier and healthier place, one mother and baby at a time. Let us build a “warm chain of support” for every mother and her baby to promote mental health and help ensure a rewarding breastfeeding experience.

 

Medical Xpress, April 7, 2017
According to Geography PhD candidate Killan Atuoye, MA'16, heads of households who experience severe to moderate food insecurity – meaning they have limited or uncertain access to nutritionally adequate or safe foods, or do not have the ability to acquire food in a socially acceptable way – report elevated mental distress compared to those from food secure households.
 

 

WORKFORCE

 

Nursing Times, April 5, 2017
Scotland is to train an additional 800 additional mental health professionals over the next five years as part of a new decade-long strategy, but it has been claimed more will need to be done to ensure services recruit nurses and other staff in the right numbers and places.

 

 

CULTURE

 

Digital Journal, April 7, 2017
'Bipolar Me' provides a penetrating glimpse into the day-to-day experience of a man who dealt with a condition for which there was no name at the time - a time when such chemical imbalances might be diagnosed as a form of schizophrenia and could be treated with electric shock treatment or end up with the sufferer being locked away.
 
NCVO, April 7, 2017
Globally, 300 million people have depression making it the world’s largest cause of disability and around the same number have anxiety disorders. Volunteering is often heralded as boosting mental health, with the ‘do good, feel good’ mantra all over recruitment literature. But what does the evidence show?
 

 

RESEARCH

 

Stuff, April 6, 2017
For anybody who suffers with their mental health, herbal and off-the-shelf remedies and supplements are often the first thing they seek out before discussing their needs with a professional healthcare provider. But is there any science proving that any of these herbal treatments actually work?

 

American Journal of Managed Care​​​​​​​, April 6, 2017
A new study has found that high-income communities are more likely to have access to specialty mental health treatment resources, including office-based practices, than low-income areas. Researchers indicated that outpatient mental health treatment facilities, which were more commonly found in low-income communities, can provide an avenue to reduce disparities in access to care.