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Hogg Foundation Mental Health Daily
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

October, 2015


October 22, 2015
Throughout life, from grade school to the retirement home, friendship continues to confer health benefits, both mental and physical. But as life accelerates, people’s priorities and responsibilities shift, and friendships are affected, for better, or often, sadly, for worse.
Scientific American
October 21, 2015
A review of studies that assess clinical antidepressants shows hidden conflicts of interest and financial ties to corporate drugmakers.
October 21, 2015
Neuroscientists have gained insights into how gratitude operates from an unexpected source.
October 21, 2015
Many in the scientific community are worried by a trend in which wealth trumps peer reviews, grant applications and selection committees, but many philanthropists are serious, knowledgeable, deeply committed and determined to find cures for the most intractable diseases.

Houston Chronicle
October 21, 2015
Reforming mandatory-minimum laws, improving relations between law enforcement agencies and the communities they police, finding alternatives to prosecution - including better mental health and drug treatment - and reducing certain criminal penalties are among the group's top priorities.
Texas Lawyer
October 21, 2015
Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk has retained a team of well-known private Texas lawyers, including former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, to fight a removal petition alleging that mental illness has rendered her incompetent to serve in office.
Texas Tribune
October 22, 2015
A watchdog group is suing the agency charged with protecting the state’s most vulnerable Texans, alleging the department fast-tracked a policy change that might help the federal government convince a federal judge to reverse her order shutting down two immigration detention centers in Texas.
Date of Event: Nov. 12, 2015
Do you really want authentic communication? If so, this webinar is for you! The webinar will provide an approach and resources to facilitate authentic communication between service recipients and providers.
Texas Public Radio
October 21, 2015
The report alleges a pattern of basic human rights violations leading to deaths, suicides, violence and sexual assaults in facilities that were given a clean bill of health by federal inspectors.
Washington Post
October 22, 2015
States with the highest rates of mental illness and the lowest rates of access to care are in the South and the West, according to the patient advocacy group Mental Health America. Rural areas face some of the biggest deficits.
Associated Press
October 22, 2015
New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote on whether to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill requiring law enforcement officials to be notified when potential gun buyers seek to have mental health records erased.
Contra Costa Times
October 21, 2015
Northern California Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians have authorized a strike. The 1,500 psychologists, therapists and psychiatric social workers have been working without a contract for more than four years.

Washington Post
October 21, 2015
In addition to urging Congress to offer Puerto Rico the new type of bankruptcy protection, the administration is also recommending that Congress broaden access to the island’s Medicaid program, a move that would pump money into its teetering health-care system.
October 22, 2015
A new government campaign aimed at reducing the stigma around mental health is to be launched, ministers have announced.The scheme, which will target young people, will make sure of social media and school visits and see a new information website set up.
October 22, 2015
There have been "concerning" changes in the mental health of teenage girls in Scotland, a study into the behaviour of young people has suggested.
Medical Xpress
October 22, 2015
The Iranian mental health system should pay more attention to responding to non-medical expectations of service users. The measurement of responsiveness can inform us how well the mental health care system interacts with the population.
Sharp Brains
October 20, 2015
The use of ADHD meds with­out a pre­scrip­tion, i.e., non­med­ical use, is a large and per­haps grow­ing prob­lem on col­lege cam­puses nation­wide. Although the per­cent of stu­dents who engage in non­med­ical use of ADHD meds varies widely across dif­fer­ent schools, rates exceed­ing 30% have been reported at some campuses.
Dallas Morning News
October 21, 2015
Congress failed two North Texas men, one of whom wound up dead and the other imprisoned.
Huffington Post
October 21, 2015
We can't identify who is going to be the next shooter with tests and diagnosis. But we can adjust our thinking regarding optimal mental and physical health and, rather than continuing to stigmatize those individuals engaged in long term talk therapy, accept the fact that it provides great benefits for all of us.
Huffington Post
October 22, 2015
Carrie Fisher is a total badass.The actress, who is reprising her role as the formidable Princess Leia in the next installment of the Star Wars franchise, has been speaking out on mental illness for more than 10 years -- something that was almost unheard of in Hollywood at the time she began.
October 21, 2015
If you could meet yourself, would you always agree with yourself? You might hope so. But according to a new study, many people will reject their own arguments – if they’re tricked into thinking that other people proposed them.


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