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    PNS Daily News - December 18, 20140 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: a cyber threat produces a nationwide dump of a major motion picture; New York says no to fracking—at least for now; and on the West Coast on new coalition hooks-up venture capital with conservation.

Mental Health

PHOTO: The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is set for this evening, honoring people in the state who died this year while homeless. Photo credit: Simpson Housing Services.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - As Minnesota prepares to enter a new year, those who died in the state over the past 12 months while homeless are being remembered tonight. The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is organized by Simpson Housing Services. While it will be held in Minneapo ...Read More

PHOTO: The Look Through Their Eyes campaign educates Illinoisans about the signs of childhood trauma, and connects parents and caregivers of children who have experienced trauma to professionals, programs and resources. Photo credit: Phaedra Wilkinson/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Many children look forward to the holidays, but the season is sometimes not so magical for those who are victims of trauma. An estimated 42 percent of Illinois children ages 17 and younger have experienced one or more adverse family events. Anne Studzinski, managing direct ...Read More

PHOTO: Along with lights, trees and presents, the holiday season can be filled with stress, anxiety and even depression. As one antidote, experts recommend turning the focus to the kinds of gifts that money can't buy. Photo credit: M. Shand

TROY, Mich. – For those who have experienced losses, the less fortunate and everyday families overcome by stress, the holidays can be a challenging time. But experts say small changes can help people find the joy in the season. Psychotherapist Mary Michail sees the toll the holiday hustle ...Read More

PHOTO: Record increases in heroin and opiate abuse have had wide-ranging effects on New Hampshire families in 2014. Photo credit: Psychonaught/Wikimedia Commons.

CONCORD, N.H. – The numbers tell the story. In the past decade, the Granite State has seen a 90 percent increase in people seeking state-funded treatment for heroin abuse, and a fivefold increase for prescription opiate abuse. Carol Sobelson, a clinical social worker and board member with ...Read More

PHOTO: Holiday family gatherings can be fun but sometimes stressful. Mental-health experts say it's OK to pace yourself and even say "no" to some situations you know will be sources of conflict. Photo courtesy healthychild.org.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While the holidays are a happy time for many, the stress associated with family obligations and dynamics can be the "lump of coal" in some people's Christmas stockings. According to the American Psychological Association, fatigue and stress are the top sources of negative feelin ...Read More

PHOTO: The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy predicts the state's change in Medicaid billing rules about who can provide behavioral-health services should mean more people get the help they need. Photo credit: George Hodan.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Along with expanding Medicaid to the working poor, West Virginia will change billing rules to provide more behavioral health services though the program. The Department of Health and Human Resources is preparing to accept Medicaid billing from independent, licensed, masters-leve ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 4 million caregivers now can find online support at a new website www.aarp.org/iheartcaregivers, a place to share stories and tips on caregiving. Photo credit: FredFroese

NEW YORK - The more than 4 million family caregivers in New York can be so busy caring for others that, during the holidays, they end up feeling isolated and alone. advocates say. Whether they are caring for a family member, neighbor or friend, said Laura Palmer, associate state director of advocac ...Read More

PHOTO: Research shows that a "whole person" approach to patient care that includes mental health treatment can reduce medical costs. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

CASPER, Wyo. - A "whole person" approach to medical care can save states millions of dollars, according to research shared by the Central Wyoming Counseling Center. Medical expenses are reduced when mental-health and physical-health treatments are integrated, the research showed. David Monhollen, c ...Read More

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