Mental Health in the News: January 28-February 3, 2013

Sports: The Houston Rockets and Royce White reach a long-awaited agreement on a mental health protocol for the player’s contract. White will be allowed to ride a bus to certain games (his anxiety makes plane travel very difficult for him), but will still have him using the doctor provided to him by the team, rather than a psychiatrist of his choice. More on this in a future post. (USA Today)

Music: Lady Gaga, who has built a massive following through both her music and her humanitarian efforts, has taken on youth mental health as her latest cause, and his being praised for the impact of her work. (Rolling Stone)

Television: FOX takes a major step away from self-positivity by reviving plastic surgery reality show The Swan. This time around, celebrity contestants will get medically altered in order to win a chance to compete in a beauty pageant. (Huffington Post)

New Hampshire: “The Merrimack County jail has become the first in the state to give its staff specialized training for handling inmates suffering a mental health crisis,” thanks to the efforts of Superintendent Ron White. In prisons across the country, as many as half of inmates regularly deal with mental health symptoms, and their needs are rarely met. (Concord Monitor)

Connecticut: “Connecticut is moving toward sweeping changes that could include everything from forcing private insurers to offer more mental-health coverage to screening every child in school statewide for emotional or psychological problems.” (Wall Street Journal)

US Military: The United States has increased mental health provisions for its soldiers in Afghanistan, including a team of psychologists available at any time. (The Guardian)

United States: USA Today¬†reports on National Alliance on Mental Illness’ 2009 and 2011 reports on the state of mental health care in the United States. National care received a D grade, with no individual states pulling an A. Analysis of each state is available in the report. (USA Today)

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