Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville will close its 37-bed Inpatient Behavioral Health Facility effective Aug. 20, according to a statement from the Health System. Valley Baptist Director of Marketing Teri Retana said that the system remains committed to delivering mental health services to residents of the community, however, and that the Outpatient Intensive Program at VBMC Brownsville Read more
Rural Mental Health
Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins is announcing funding for 20 full-time mental health workers for Pikangikum First Nation — a remote community struggling with a suicide crisis and pressing mental health needs from about 380 people seeking counselling.
On average, the Williamson County Mobile Outreach Team gets about 40 calls every week. Seventy percent of those involve a person who is contemplating or has attempted suicide.
For Collin County residents suffering from a mental health crisis, the options were few — either an emergency room, an inpatient psychiatric facility, or police intervention usually resulting in jail time. But beginning Aug. 1, a new option will be in place.
The demand for educational programs for adults with cognitive disabilities has grown so much in North Texas that My Possibilities is building a new and larger campus in Plano. Other programs farther south in Dallas are also experiencing the demand.
A federal judge today declared the mental health care system in Alabama prisons to be “horrendously inadequate” – an unconstitutional failure that has resulted in a “skyrocketing suicide rate” among prisoners.
With more than 500,000 Texans suffering from serious and persistent mental illness and 1 in 5 Texans experiencing a mental health condition each year, behavioral health continues to be a problem with no long-term solution in sight.
ETSU psychotherapy – Exploring one’s demons by the 50-minute hour might be a relatively common practice in large cities, but East Tennessee State University’s clinic is situated in the thick of Appalachia, where mental-health care is both less familiar and less accessible. If the trope is that psychologists help the “worried well,” this clinic helps Read more
A major issue would be the bill’s federal cuts to Medicaid, the program for people who have low incomes and have disabilities. The proportion of rural people who qualify for Medicaid is higher than in many cities. The House bill would slice Medicaid funding by $834 billion over a decade compared to current law, the Read more
Only 34 psychiatric nurses are serving the over four million population, according to estimates of Basic Needs-Ghana, a non-governmental organisation. Country-wide there are only 600 psychiatric nurses.
Dr. Octavio Martinez and the Rural Health Information Hub discuss how the Foundation is helping to improve and innovate mental healthcare delivery in Texas, and the challenges that remain in Texas and nationwide.
Last November the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand called for a new suicide prevention policy, specifically tailored to address suicide risk in rural men of working age following 2013 data that showed that suicide rates in rural men, aged 15-64, were higher than suicide rates in urban men, and higher than the national male Read more
rural mental health – From a 10,000-foot view, Jackson Hole is lucky compared to other communities in the rural West. But when all that’s between you and oblivion is the life raft you cling to, you’re not thinking about the sky above. You’re just focused on immediate conditions that might rescue you, or threaten your Read more
legal services for asylum seekers – “The overwhelming majority of clients served by Dilley Pro Bono Project have experienced severe forms of trauma, including child abuse, rape, incest, and domestic violence,” the statement said.
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine says all too often, men in rural areas do not engage with preventative health. Men have been urged to reach out to health practitioners to discuss any physical or mental health issues that may be concerning them.
Presidio County – Researchers don’t all agree on what explains the Hispanic Paradox, but a likely key factor is what many of us would identify as the key to life in general: it’s about connections to other people. And there is now evidence from many studies that those sorts of ties translate to better mental Read more
One of Nagpur’s oldest mental hospitals was started in 1884 but was then functioning under a pejorative name of ‘lunatic asylum’. The hospital slowly transformed with time as an out-patient’s department was introduced in 1959 and was subsequently renamed Nagpur Regional Mental Hospital.
WHO Regional Director for South East Asia, Poonam Khetrapal Singh said rapid urbanisation was challenging the ecosystem, severely affecting physical and mental health being. Noncommunicable diseases–many of them environment-related–account for around 8.5 million deaths in the South East Asia Region every year while consumption of food containing traces of heavy metals and other detritus was Read more
Texas A&M study – According to a new report released by the Texas A&M Rural and Community Health Institute, many small Texas communities are facing decisions about how best to provide their citizens with the most effective and sustainable care. Regional administrator of rural hospitals for CHI St. Joseph Health Marybeth Murphy said she believes Read more
State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst is pledging to fund rural mental health authorities’ jail diversion programs. Although the amount of funding hasn’t been determined yet, Kolkhorst got a placeholder in the Senate’s budget on Thursday.
A new report warns that Texas rural health could be hit hardest under a Congressional plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It found that proposed funding cuts to the Medicaid program, which already is operating at a minimal level in Texas, could force many rural hospitals to close, leaving hundreds of thousands of Read more
Of the men and women completing a survey of mental health issues in rural Scotland, 67 percent reported suffering depression and 22 percent admitted to suicidal thoughts and feelings.
Types of exploitation may be that of a relationship where one person is taking advantage of the other for their own benefit; or the idea of over-charging for a service because he or she can get away with it.
A December 2016 report showed that for the first time in 20 years, life expectancy in the United States has declined, particularly in small cities and rural areas, where people are dying at much higher rates.
Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe has said repeatedly that mental health is the biggest issue facing jails, especially in rural counties.