Mental Health in the News – December 31, 2012 – January 6, 2013

This is the first of what will be a weekly round-up of mental health-related stories from news sources around the country, and, occasionally, the world.

The week’s mental health headlines

MissouriThe Columbian printed profiles of a local man and woman in its report on mental health in the LGBTQ+ community. (The Columbian) Content warning: personal descriptions of eating disorders and physical abuse.

Connecticut“Gov. Dannel Malloy set a two-month deadline for a commission to address the state’s gun laws, mental health policies and public security issues.” Involvement from mental health experts has been strongly emphasized in addressing the aftermath of the Sandy Hook elementary tragedy. (CNN)

Wisconsin – Concerns that young people with mental health struggles often end up in the legal system have led to the formation of a community group called the Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP). “CHIP is a volunteer group hosted through St. Joseph’s Hospital that provides an array of low-income care services in the area. Its volunteers include retired physicians, psychiatrists and other related fields.” Other groups local to the area take a preventative approach, through ensuring that children are raised in healthy home environments. These groups, including the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, were, as described in the article, more interested in the environmental factors of mental health than the biological. (Chippewa Herald)

New York – My local news station has been one of a handful to report on mental health stigma in the past few weeks. They wrote: “He says defamatory media will shame and deter many from seeking help, though most can substantially recover from disabling conditions with personalized services. He and other advocates said [that] recent emphasis on 24-hour emergency phone lines, peer support, housing, family services, managed care and outreach are showing results.” (WWNY TV-7)

AmsterdamA study published in Archives of Neurology reports concludes that there may be a link between dementia and depression, though one does not cause the other. In a group of over two-thousand people over 65 years old, people with depression were more than twice as likely to have dementia. (Psych Central)

Philadelphia – As bipolar disorder becomes more visible, some wonder whether it has become “over-diagnosed.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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