DAILY SPECIAL
 
 
 
 
Hogg Foundation Blog, November 13, 2017
To truly promote mental health in everyday life, we need to better understand how to build resiliency while eliminating structural inequities and other factors that affect health and well-being. In communities across Texas, fundamental differences in power and resources lead to disparate conditions that influence mental health.
 
 
photo of people at a community fair
 
 
Hogg Foundation Blog, November 13, 2017
The Hogg Foundation has awarded $567,000 to support six organizations in their ongoing work to infuse the Recovery to Practice curricula across the six behavioral health professions in Texas: psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, peer support, social work, and addiction counseling. Collectively, these grants are mainstreaming recovery principles throughout the health care system.
 
 
illustration of SAMSHA's definition of recovery
 
 
NBC News, November 11, 2017
Multiple mayors and county officials on Texas’s southeast coast described untenable housing situations at a Texas House Appropriations Committee hearing on Wednesday, emphasizing the needs of small communities far from the national gaze aimed at Houston.
 
 
Emily Zurawski cries while inspecting her home in Port Aransas, Texas
 
 
 
TEXAS NEWS
 
 
 
 
Dallas Observer, November 14, 2017
Safe Babies, which will be implemented in early 2018 in Dallas County, seeks to lessen the long-term impact of neglect and increase the likelihood of reunification. It does so by repairing the attachment bond between parent and child and approaching cases from the lens of the child.

Austin American-Statesman, November 16, 2017
In 2009, the State of Texas promised the U.S. Department of Justice that it would clean up its 13 institutions for people with developmental disabilities. Those homes — called state supported living centers — would have quality medical care, offer ample social activities, help residents become more independent and move as many people as possible into community settings.
 
 
 
 
U.S. NEWS
 
 
 
 
Houston Public Media, November 16, 2017
“The idea that it is as simple as, you know, screening for mental health and that will solve the problem I think is just not informed by what we know scientifically about the risk for violence and whether the mentally ill are any more likely to commit violence than another person,” says John Vincent, director of the Center of Forensic Psychology at the University of Houston.

National Public Radio, November 13, 2017
Marques thinks there's a lot of untreated post-traumatic stress disorder from the storm. He's been taking his students into the countryside to give what he calls mental health first aid. Diego Santiago brought his son and daughter all the way across town to one small playground that he knows is cleaned up.
 
 
 
 
COMMUNITY HEALTH
 
 
 
 
The Atlantic, November 15, 2017
In a period when loneliness is increasing as our avenues for connecting expand, practitioners tell me they are drawn to a community that makes conversing and relating with one another an intentional activity—one with guidelines and structure designed to elicit intimacy.

Pacific Standard, November 17, 2017
"It's not only resources or infrastructures that you're looking at, but you're looking also at the people and the psychological effect of being relocated," Tabe says. "People are connected to the land. If they're relocated it's more than just being physically moved from one location to another, it has spiritual and cultural connotations to it."
 
 
 
 
YOUTH AND FAMILIES
 
 
 
 
Fast Company, November 13, 2017
Valley of the Chiefs is one of six communities selected this year to participate in Raising Places, a new initiative developed by Greater Good Studio and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to initiate ground-up local projects that will support a healthier environment for children–and by extension, everyone around them.

The Conversation, November 15, 2017
Maybe if gender was discussed more openly from a young age, trans kids wouldn’t be seen as being so “different”. Rather than confusing children who aren’t transgender – as the critics fear – giving school pupils more awareness and knowledge could actually make them more compassionate.
 
 
 
 
HEALTH EQUITY
 
 
 
 
National Public Radio, November 11, 2017
Nuru-Jeter and others hypothesize that chronic stress might be a key way racism contributes to health disparities. The idea is that the stress of experiencing discrimination over and over might wear you down physically over time.

NBC News, November 10, 2017
Historically, therapy and other treatment for mental health has been very White. I also think that some of this is related to Black people not wanting to be seen as entitled or selfish. Focusing on self can sometimes be seen as a bad thing and we have not historically been taught that it is okay to focus on ourselves, particularly Black women.
 
 
 
 
PUBLIC POLICY
 
 
 
 
Texas Tribune, November 16, 2017
The debate in Congress over whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has been put aside, at least for now. It is time for our federal legislators to shift their focus to other pressing health care topics, providing the opportunity for progress and to work together across the aisle.

National Public Radio, November 15, 2017
More than 30,000 people are killed with guns in the U.S. every year. That's more than die of AIDS, and about the same number as die in car crashes or from liver disease. But unlike AIDS or car crashes, the government doesn't treat gun injuries or deaths as a public health threat.
 
 
 
 
STORIES OF RECOVERY
 
 
 
 
Psychotherapy Networker, November 17, 2017
Whether delivered by hand grenade or by hurricane, by fist, machete, or burning plane, traumatic experiences are universal across cultures, and so are attempts to heal them. How well those attempts succeed depends in part on the stories a culture tells itself about victimizers and victimhood—about recovery, wholeness, and resilience.
 
 
 
 
OPINION AND EDITORIAL
 
 
 
 
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, November 13, 2017
As much as I enjoy the daily docket, my heart soars in fulfilling a new role, presiding judge of the Juvenile Mental Health Court, SOAR. The theory behind this specialty court is that we can divert medium- to high-risk children with mental illnesses away from placement and instead keep them in the communities with their families.

Houston Chronicle, November 16, 2017
During a normal year, about 1 in 3 children and 2 in 5 youth will suffer from mental health and substance abuse disorders, according to a report by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. Now add to the mix the estimated million-plus school children who have been impacted by Harvey. Schools must be able to offer mental health services for students after Harvey.
 
 
 
 
RESEARCH
 
 
 
 
National Academy of Medicine, October 9, 2017
Social determinants of health (SDoH) is a relatively new term in health care. As defined by the World Health Organization, SDoH are “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels”.

Australia Broadcasting Corporation, November 12, 2017
A leading professor of psychology says that “everybody’s crazy but nobody’s ill”—meaning that seeing mental distress as an illness is the wrong approach. We need a model of care which supports people who are distressed because of their social and life circumstances.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCES AND EVENTS
 
 
 
 
Texas Tech University
The enterprise is expected to strengthen and expand the programs already operating on each campus and to become a leader in discovery research, interprofessional education, and integrated community service in mental health.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Event Date: December 6, 2017
This final webinar in the Recovery To Practice webinar series on Housing and Unstable Housing explores how strong communication and collaboration between housing programs and behavioral health practitioners can positively impact engagement and recovery outcomes.
 
 
 
 
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