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This summary of recent news and research articles on mental health topics was prepared as a public service by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Stories from other media sources do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the foundation and its staff. Media sites may require a one-time free registration and academic and science journal sites may require a paid subscription to access articles.


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First Annual Mental Health Awareness Day: May 31

Hogg Blog

May 30, 2012


What have you been doing to promote mental health awareness in your community this month? We are excited that here in Austin, Beyond Today, a nonprofit organization that provides peer support and promotes mental health recovery, is hosting its first annual Mental Health Awareness Day on May 31, 2012. What are you doing to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Day? 





Dallas' annual homeless count reveals good and bad news

The Dallas Morning News

May 29, 2012


...The 2012 data marked a generally rising number of homeless people with severe mental illness - 1,275 this year, up from 870 in 2009. Ron Stretcher, Dallas County's criminal justice director, said too many homeless people are still being jailed for minor offenses that call for treatment instead. But community mental health resources are falling far behind, he said. In the past 10 years, funding for community mental health services in Dallas County has risen 10 percent, but the demand for services has increased 150 percent, Stretcher said. 



Director of Troubled Youth Agency to Retire

The Texas Tribune

May 29, 2012


... She said she hopes the change of leadership doesn't add to the existing turmoil for the incarcerated youth and that the focus remains on sending young people out of state lockups in better condition than when they arrived. Yañez-Correa and other juvenile justice reform advocates, however, oppose efforts to send more youths to adult facilities, where they say education and rehabilitation for young offenders is inferior. The youths, she said, shouldn't be punished for the failed efforts of adults to reform the agency. 



Haven for Hope CEO retiring

San Antonio Express-News

May 29, 2012


George Block, who has served for the past two years as CEO of Haven for Hope, the city's $100 million homeless transformational center, will retire from the position Thursday. ... the drug and alcohol treatment program and a mental health dorm and clinic program were two initiatives that began under Block's leadership.



Ted Williams visits The Women's Home

Ultimate Memorial

May 29, 2012


Former radio and current YouTube personality Ted Williams visited residents of The Women's Home on May 23. Williams shared stories about his comeback and discussed his new memoir, "A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation." ... The Women's Home helps women in the Houston area who struggle with histories of addiction, mental illness, homelessness and past abuse and lack job skills or education.



Mother not surprised son died in crane standoff

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

May 30, 2012


DALLAS - ... Thomas' mother told a local television station Tuesday that she wasn't surprised to learn of her son's death and that their family had a history of mental illness.





Psychiatric Manual May Soon Include 'Gambling Disorder'


May 29, 2012


... The proposed revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, would add "gambling disorder" to alcohol and drug problems as a "substance use and addictive disorder" that insurers and others would use to make decisions about treatment and coverage.





Social Security disability fund heads toward insolvency

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

May 29, 2012


... The Social Security disability program's trust fund is projected to run out of cash far sooner than the better-known Social Security retirement plan or Medicare. Insolvency would trigger a 21 percent cut in benefits to 11 million Americans -- disabled people, their spouses and their children -- many of whom rely on the program to stay out of poverty. 





Virtual therapy helps Juárez residents

El Paso Inc.

May 29, 2012


... González, 18, is one of 25 patients who recently completed a virtual therapy program similar to the one used by the United States military to treat Iraq war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Created by doctors and psychologists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the pilot project was aimed at filling a void in mental health services for Juárez's shellshocked residents. The city, home to the powerful Juárez cartel and coveted by other criminal syndicates because of its strategic location within the drug trade, has been one of the front lines in President Felipe Calderón's assault on organized crime.





Texas Legislature must address growing crisis in state mental health services

San Antonio Express-News

May 29, 2012


... There is no question that the demand for services will continue to grow, and that we as a state have a responsibility to provide them - for both compassionate reasons and our economic self-interest. When people with mental disabilities are ignored, they may require emergency crisis treatment or end up in the criminal justice system. ...The lack of services and available hospital facilities is evident in our county jails, many of which have become default treatment centers for the mentally ill. 



The effects of war on Houston

Houston Chronicle

May 29, 2012


... Regarding mental health 700,000 of our 2,000,000 (that's 35%) Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans may experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), with perhaps only half seeking treatment. But it gets worse, on average 5 service members will die from suicide every week, with another member succumbing to the effects of war every 36 hours. ... Much needed services available through Houston's VA hospital include programs that address mental health, employment and homelessness. But we also need to find ways to go upstream, and stop the problem before it becomes a "heavy burden" for our children.



Letters: Helping our vets

Los Angeles Times

May 30, 2012


... There is a regrettable cycle of relapse and homelessness caused by the paradox that although the patient's decision to wander away from his treatment program is clouded by his chronic mental impairment, it is the patient's civil right to do so. ... Until there are legal changes in which long-term health, sobriety and stable housing are valued over the patient's right to return to psychosis or substance dependence, no amount of goodwill, funding, treatment availability and shelter resources will resolve homelessness.,0,6439775.story





Modifying Behavior With A Protein

Medical News Today

May 29, 2012


A study featured in the journal Cell Reports has revealed the discovery of a protein that is essential to maintain behavioral flexibility. It enables people to modify their behavior to adjust to similar, yet not identical previous experiences. The findings may provide a better understanding of autism and schizophrenia, diseases that are characterized by impaired behavioral flexibility. 



Mental Health Disorders In Pregnant Women - New Screening Approach

Medical News Today

May 29, 2012


In the developing world the prevalence of maternal mental disorders is significantly high and until recently there was no routine screening or treatment of maternal mental disorders in primary care settings in South Africa. Now, South African researchers reveal that a new approach to screen pregnant women for these disorders shows promise. The study is published in PLoS Medicine. 



Posttraumatic stress hits stroke secondary prevention

MedWire News

May 30, 2012


Patients who develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) are at high risk for being nonadherent to secondary prevention medications, say researchers. 



Anxiety increases symptom severity in acute mania patients

MedWire News

May 30, 2012


Anxiety is common in patients experiencing an episode of acute mania and is associated with more severe mood symptoms, researchers report. 





SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $24 million for a National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative grant

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

May 29, 2012


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $24 million in total funding over the course of four years for a National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative - Category I, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress grant. This grant program aims at improving the quality of trauma treatment and services in communities for children, adolescents and their families who experience or witness traumatic events. 



Screening for mental illness? Yes, there's an app for that

USA Today

May 29, 2012


There are numbers to track cholesterol and numbers to assess blood pressure, body temperature and weight. But can a number give an accurate read on your mental health? The medical team behind a screening tool called Whats MyM3 says it can - and it can tell if you're at increased risk for depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). WhatsMyM3 (originally My Mood Monitor) can help adults, whether in treatment or not, "monitor their own symptoms and have a view of what's going on" in terms of mood and anxiety, says psychiatrist Steven Daviss of M3 Information, Bethesda, Md. Daviss is chairman of psychiatry at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. 



A vaccination for depression

Chicago Tribune

May 30, 2012


... Van Voorhees, who is chief of general pediatrics at Children's Hospital University of Illinois, and his team are working on an approach that they hope will reduce the risk of mental illness for a diverse group of young people, from teens struggling with issues of sexuality to those living in neighborhoods mired in violence. The goal is to identify kids at risk and then use a combination of traditional counseling and Internet-based learning to stave off mental disorders and their accompanying medicines.,0,2158052.column 


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