Advocacy E-News May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018

 

THE LARGEST HEALTH DISPARITY WE DON’T TALK ABOUT

Americans with depression, bipolar disorder or other serious mental illnesses die 15 to 30 years younger than those without mental illness — a disparity larger than for race, ethnicity, geography or socioeconomic status. It’s a gap, unlike many others, that has been growing, but it receives considerably less academic study or public attention.

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HOW OUR FRIENDSHIP SURVIVED MENTAL ILLNESS

People have described having a mental health condition as living in a bubble that isolates them from the rest of the world. In reality, these illnesses never occur in a vacuum. Friendships increase feelings of purpose and happiness, reduce stress, and can even help you live longer. And research shows young women with the healthiest social relationships have the lowest risk for depression.

Here’s how these women navigated the darkness.

 

PRESIDENT SIGNS LAW TO IMPROVE AND EXPAND THE FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM

President Trump signed the “Family Self-Sufficiency Act” into law on May 24. The FSS law permanently reauthorizes the program, combines the FSS programs for Housing Choice Vouchers and public housing, which are currently run separately, and expands eligibility to include families in privately owned properties subsidized with HUD project-based rental assistance. The FSS Program allows households with increasing incomes to place their additional rent contributions in a savings account for future use.

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THEY’RE OUT OF PRISON. CAN THEY STAY OUT OF THE HOSPITAL?

As the country tries to shrink its aging prison population, the inmates being released after years locked away often have mental illnesses and addictions that can land them back in prison if untreated. Community workers can make a big difference. Because the program is based at a health center they are able able to connect to a psychiatrist on site.

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