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House Dems Lose Bid to Attach Gun-Related Amendments to Mental Health Bill
U.S. News — 6.15.16
This week, House Democrats attempted to attach gun-related amendments to a long-stalled mental health reform bill, called the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. While the Energy and Commerce Committee voted unanimously to advance the bill for a House vote, the dozen or so added amendments were rejected. The proposed amendments included lifting a ban on gun violence research by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), researching the relationship between community violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse, as well as allowing doctors to ask patients about personal gun ownership.
States Must Do More to Safeguard Adolescent Health Rights – UN expert
UN News Centre — 6.15.16
Dainius Puras, a United Nations human rights expert and UN Special Rapporteur, called on States earlier this week to “strike a balance between adolescents’ emerging autonomy and their right to protection in particular when it comes to mental health, the rights to sexual and reproductive health, and substance use and drug control, given the specific challenges these issues pose.” Puras suggested that “the costs of failing adolescents are simply too high,” and can influence the social, economic, and political development of a society. His report urges healthcare services to respect adolescents’ right to privacy and confidentiality, acknowledge differing cultural needs and expectations, and adhere to ethical standards. Puras highlights the obligation of States to recognize adolescents as rights holders “by respecting their evolving capacities and their right to participate in the design, delivery and evaluation of policies and services that affect their health and well-being.”
Dirty Air Could Be Linked To Mental Health Problems In Kids
Huffington Post — 6.13.16
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 4 million people die prematurely every year from outdoor air pollution. In the United States alone, air pollution causes approximately 200,000 early deaths annually. While air pollution is typically linked to health conditions such as asthma and heart disease, evidence suggests that certain pollutants and fine particulate matter can contribute to mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden recently published a study that is the first to find strong evidence linking polluted air and psychiatric conditions in children. It was found that kids living in areas with increased concentrations of nitrogen dioxide were more likely to take prescription medications associated with long-term mental illnesses. While the study does not claim a causal relationship between air pollution and mental health concerns in children, it does show a correlation between the two.
Santa Clara County Commits $600K To Youth Mental-Health Center
Palo Alto Online — 6.16.16
Alameda County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approve $117M Spending for Santa Rita Jail
KTVU — 6.14.16
How YouTube Videos Help People Cope With Mental Illness
NPR — 6.13.16
Moving Forward on Mental Health in Schools
The Hill — 6.10.16
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