Weekly Update: 5 Stories in Mental Health News January 4th

Posted By: Hayley Twyman Brack Resources,

 In OCI's new weekly series, we will highlight 5 updates in research, news, and more in the world of mental health.

National Counseling Compact Goes into Effect 

The Counseling Compact has gone into effect as of January 1st, creating the opportunity for licensed professional counselors to soon practice across state lines in participating states. However, counseling privileges may not be granted until mid-2024. Read more on the Oklahoma Counseling Institute. 


Groundbreaking on New Mental Health Hospital Set for Spring 

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services announced last week that construction on the Donahue Behavioral Health facility will begin in March of 2024. The new hospital is set to replace Griffin Memorial Hospital. Read more on KFOR. 


Canada Considers Allowing Assisted Suicide for those with Mental Illness 

The Canadian government is considering extending citizens’ right to a physician-assisted suicide to those with severe mental illness. Currently, only those with terminal or chronic illness may qualify for an assisted death. Read more on The New York Times. 


Grand Mental Health Opens Tulsa Mental Health Urgent Care 

Last week, Grand Mental Health announced the opening of a new 24/7 mental healthcare crisis center in Tulsa. The facility will have availability for 50 individuals and will be staffed with mental health and medical personnel. Learn more on Fox 23 News. 


Long-Term Study Examines Relationship Between BMI in Childhood and Mental Health in Adolescence 

A longitudinal study explored the relationship between body mass index in children and future mental health. The results found that children with higher BMIs at the age of 7 were more likely to experience body image dissatisfaction at age 11 and symptoms of depression by the age of 14. Read about the study on Science Daily. 


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