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Texas Health Resources Foundation builds community relationships while supporting hospitals

The Texas Health Resources Foundation was founded in 2012 with the goal of helping support hospitals in the Texas Health Resources system.

The foundation raises funds to support clinical, educational and research programs across the health system, according to its website. The foundation supports all of the Texas Health Resources hospitals, including 14 major hospitals in the North Texas area, foundation President Laura McWhorter said.

McWhorter and Vice President Sarah Higdon Humphrey visited the Texas Health Allen hospital May 3 to celebrate the hospital’s certification as a primary stroke center. The certification establishes the hospital as the go-to medical facility in Allen and surrounding communities for those who have suffered from a stroke.

Texas Health Resources is a not-for-profit health care system that belongs to the community, McWhorter said. The system has served the North Texas area for about 25 years across 16 counties, according to its website.

“Everything that we do, we reinvest into our hospitals, into making sure that we have the best care teams and staff,” she said.

The foundation focuses on providing philanthropic support for the Texas Health system by organizing fundraisers and accepting fiscal donations. Since the foundation’s founding, donations have funded the Jane and John Justin Tower expansion in Fort Worth, Texas Health Allen’s primary stroke center certification and enhancements to the Texas Health Plano NICU Family Resource Center.

The foundation is made up of three teams that operate in Dallas, Fort Worth and the metroplex’s north region. When looking at the growth happening in Collin and Denton counties a couple of years ago, McWhorter said they needed to start a dedicated team for that area.

“We know that giving is local,” McWhorter said. “People support their community, their hospital, so it was really important for us to embed a team

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Sweets, treats, and support for youth mental health –

The Center in Swift Current was at maximum capacity on Wednesday night for their Desserts 4 Hope Fundraiser. 

Nathan Wiebe, executive director of the Swift Current Community Youth Initiative, said that the event exceeded his expectations. 

“It was incredible,” he stated. “Just really humbled by the turnout and to have a sold-out event, we always hope for that. For us, we do these things with no expectations, but we work our hardest.” 

The evening featured delectable desserts, live music from Dillon Currie, an inspirational speaker, a silent auction, and more. 

This is the second time that the event has taken place in the community, with Wiebe adding that it was great to be back after the pandemic. 

“This is our first dessert night after COVID and we tagged it Desserts 4 Hope because we wanted to give it a little bit of a different sound,” he explained. “Dessert Night Fundraiser is very generic, Desserts 4 Hope is really a good objective. We are trying to provide hope for youth and families in our community and to do it through an event like this, it provides a lot of food for thought.” 

The funds from the evening will go towards the “Cultivating Strength” capital campaign program, which was announced at the event. 

The goal of the campaign is to raise 220,000 dollars to turn the recently purchased building next door into a counselling and administrative office. 

In total, the event raised 15,000 dollars. 

Wiebe added that the night wouldn’t have been possible without the support of their sponsors, and the individuals who came out to support the event. 

“We’re just really grateful for our community, we have an amazing city, and you can’t leave without an immense amount of gratitude to what you get to experience in this spot,”

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Broker mental health improving but more support still needed, MIMHC survey shows

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“Overall levels of contentment remain similar to 2022 and frustratingly suggest only marginal progress has been made”

The Mortgage Industry Mental Health Charter (MIMHC) has shared the findings of its annual survey for 2023, finding that 58% of companies are now providing brokers with support – up from 54% last year.

However, the Charter says that as 42% still don’t, there is “a long way to go to normalise mental health provision in the mortgage industry”.

46% of brokers say they have seen an improvement in workplace mental health provision over the past year, but 54% haven’t – compared to 51% in 2022.

The fourth annual survey, which coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week, aims to understand the mortgage industry’s current well-being, and importantly, highlights the key areas in which mental health provision needs to improve.

The survey found that brokers are increasingly overworked. 46% now work between 45/60 hours which is up from 42% last year. 12% of respondents still maintain that they are working more than 60 hours weekly.

Brokers also reported no change to professional contentment. 44% are still disillusioned/ moderately happy with their situation. However, the majority (56%) are happy with their role.

In addition, wellbeing is improving. 16% of respondents believe their mental health is ‘poor’ or ‘of concern’. This is markedly down from a 23% result in 2022 but continues to highlight the need to support individuals in the mortgage sector. At the opposite end 44% of people reported feeling good/excellent compared to 41% in 2022.

Worklife balance is improving. Although a blend is still evident, hybrid working is up to 37% from 27% in 2022 and nearly 1 in 4 respondents now work permanently from home. As a result, 17% think their work/life balance has improved – up from 8% last year. Only

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Mental Health Awareness Week – OSB Group leads the way with colleague support

As a leading specialist lender in the UK, OSB Group understands the importance of nurturing a diverse, equal and inclusive environment for colleagues, customers and the communities around them.

One year on from the launch of OSB Group’s initial Mental Health support programme for colleagues, there are now 38 qualified Mental Health First Aiders spread across their locations.

This week marks the annual Mental Health Awareness Week running from 15th to 21st May 2023 with this year’s theme centred on the impact of the cost of living crisis on people’s mental health. The 38 strong team of volunteer Mental Health First Aiders are on hand to listen without judgement and signpost available support via both professional and charitable organisations.



Running alongside this hands on support, are a variety of courses that colleagues can sign up to and range from ‘Every Mind Matters’, ‘Stress Management Techniques’ and ‘Wellness Action Plans’.

As the increased cost of living continues, OSB Group recognises the financial impact this may have on colleagues and has allocated an additional cost of living payment to all staff beneath senior management level again in 2023. Internal webinars have also been developed to help colleagues with budgeting and highlight everyday hacks that could help reduce costs.

Jon Hall, Group Managing Director, Mortgages and Savings, OSB Group said “Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity to highlight available support and encourage conversations to flow but it’s also important to ensure our colleagues feel supported all year round as they are the key to our success at OSB Group and their health and wellbeing is a central focus. Helping colleagues when they need it most is critical and I am extremely proud of the range of support OSB Group offers.


Our Mental Health First Aiders programme goes from strength

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Budget 2023: GPs are the heart of healthcare, but little specific support shown

This year’s Budget, “Support for today, building for tomorrow”, is focused on flood and cyclone recovery, and rightly so. However, despite the finance Minister’s comment about “expanding GP services” it is hard to see where that attention has been applied.

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners welcomes the announcement of $20 million to lift immunisation and screening coverage for Māori and Pasifika, as well as the removal of the $5 prescription fees for all New Zealanders. “All of our members will have patients who struggle to pay for their prescriptions and removing this barrier is good news,” says College President Dr Samantha Murton.

Social determinants of health are another area where attention has been applied and this is essential to lifting the burden on the delivery of health services, especially in the community.

However, the College is disappointed to not see more immediate support for the sustainable delivery of medical care in the community through GPs, rural hospital doctors and their teams.

Currently, 95 percent of Kiwis are enrolled with a general practice, and 90 percent of medical problems dealt with in general practice.

Dr Murton says, “The earmarked $118 million to help reduce waiting lists by ‘improving patient flow and enabling planned care to be delivered in primary care’ sounds good in theory, but serious attention needs to focus on growing the number of GPs and rural hospital doctors being trained as specialists, supporting their wellbeing, and supporting those thinking of retirement to stay in the profession.

“There have been some steps to support training with Minister Little’s announcements last year but there is much more that can be done. We need to have a solid plan in place and significant investment to grow our own workforce.

“To highlight the urgent need for more GP investment,

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People Matter: Wickes to boost mental health through supporting community garden projects


In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, Wickes reflects on the impact their Community Programme is having on wellbeing projects in schools and local community spaces.

Already this year over 7,800 children and adults have benefited from gardening products to transform and improve outdoor spaces that promote mental wellbeing.

Wickes are donating more garden items to community spaces than ever before in an effort to support well-being.  Encouraging people to spend more time outdoors is known to be an effective way to boost mood and de-stress.

The focus on providing more facilities to support Mental health in the community is on the increase and frequently provided by charities like this one in East Sussex. The East Hoathly & Halland Community Garden Project, provides a safe space for the whole community who struggle with mental health by providing therapeutic gardening activities. They rely solely on donations to be able to continue to provide this valuable service in the community. Through the Wickes Community Programme, they were provided with the products they needed to fix their shed to ensure they can store their equipment safely.

A large number of other different organisations that have little funding for outdoor projects have also received support. Thanks to a donation from Wickes, Great Chart Primary School was able to build a sensory garden so the children have an outdoor space where they can reflect, learn and have a calmer mind.

Head Teacher of Great Chart Primary School Wendy Pang said “The sensory garden will help our pupils connect to nature and encourages them to learn through exploration, curiosity, problem-solving and creativity. When our budget for this project was removed we thought it would have to go on hold until we

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MedOne Launches Dario’s Digital Health Solution to Help Members Improve Health with a Personalized Support

Dario’s health solution now available to MedOne clients enrolled in Diabetes Care Path

NEW YORK, May 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — DarioHealth Corp. (Nasdaq: DRIO) (“Dario” or the “Company”), a leader in the global health market, and MedOne Pharmacy Benefit Solutions (“PBM”), a national leader in modern pharmacy benefits management, announce a new agreement to integrate Dario’s suite of digital health solutions as a complement to MedOne’s digital diabetes solution, the Diabetes Care Path. The new arrangement will enhance the patient-facing support services for diabetic patients while the MedOne clinical team focuses on interventions with prescribers to optimize treatment plans. The combination of robust prescriber- and member-facing support services creates a truly unique and comprehensive approach to diabetic population health. The launch will be a phased rollout beginning today with expansions into additional chronic disease states throughout the second quarter.

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Dario’s solution joins a growing roster of digital health solutions for MedOne as part of the PBM’s efforts to provide meaningful clinical impact, optimize health outcomes in patients, and reduce costs to its customers. Members who are currently users of the PBM’s Diabetes Care Path will be eligible to enroll in Dario’s digital health solution effective June 1, 2023. Post-launch, Dario’s solutions will be an integral part of the PBM enhanced diabetic management to their existing and future member populations.

“Helping employers manage the growing costs of chronic conditions requires thinking beyond traditional cost containment measures. This new agreement is a great example of how digital health can be deployed at scale to engage members with innovative and proven solutions to improve outcomes and reduce costs,” said Rick Anderson, President of Dario. “We are excited to launch Dario’s solutions to MedOne members, aligning the proven value of Dario with a forward-thinking PBM to help employers

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North Sea Energy Sector Mobilizes to Improve Mental Health Support After Disturbing Study Results

Nearly 200 representatives of energy industry organizations are looking to devise a plan aimed at enhancing mental health support available to North Sea workers, after a study found a large number of onshore and offshore workers experienced suicidal thoughts while on duty.

According to the International Association of Drilling Contractors, the sector-wide agreement, which is being driven by the North Sea Chapter of IADC, is being developed in recognition that more must be done after research found 40% of onshore and offshore workers experienced suicidal thoughts some or all of the time while on duty.

A dedicated team has determined the key areas of focus for the industry, with the document poised to undergo a wider consultation with stakeholders – including psychologists – before being issued in the coming weeks.

The hope is that the charter will help create the cultural and process changes required to improve mental health support for onshore and offshore workers.

Darren Sutherland, Chair of the IADC North Sea Chapter, said:”Despite past efforts, the needle on mental health improvement does not seem to be moving in the right direction, let alone at pace. Tools have been created to better support mental health previously, but these have largely been activated through sign posting tactics and have failed to address the necessary cultural change required.

“The current generation of oil and gas workers will be remembered for being at the head of the energy transition – but that transition must include improving how we care for each other. And it must start today.”

The charter includes contributions from operators, contractors, psychologists, and third sector organisations. It provides a framework to improve the mental health and safety of workers across the industry, detailing explicit actions, processes and improvements for all charter signatories to follow, IADC said.


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Bill supporting mental, behavioral healthcare coverage heads to Gov. Stitt’s desk

The full Senate gave final approval to legislation on Thursday that would ensure Oklahomans have access to mental and behavioral healthcare in a timely and more affordable manner.

Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, authored Senate Bill (SB) 254, which requires insurers to arrange such care quickly with an out-of-network provider if such care is unavailable in-network.

“In a mental health crisis, getting proper care can be a matter of life and death. This will require insurers to help patients arrange mental health care when they can’t find timely services on their own,” Garvin said. “This reform will make sure Oklahomans can get the help they need quickly and without the higher costs associated with out-of-network care. This will make Oklahoma a leader in mental health care.”

Under SB 254, should a patient not be able to find the necessary in-network mental and behavioral healthcare, the insurer will be required to arrange the necessary care out-of-network. The bill prohibits costs for out-of-network care from being passed onto the patient outside of their normal deductible and copay. Each health plan will also be required to have a documented procedure to assist a plan member in accessing out-of-network behavioral healthcare.

SB 254 also allows the Oklahoma Insurance Department to see the procedure if they have to investigate an instance of a failure to ensure coverage. Lastly, the bill will also allow telehealth services to be used when deemed medically appropriate.

Rep. Jeff Boatman, R-Tulsa, authored the bill while in the House.

“When mental health services are unavailable in a reasonable timeframe, Oklahomans suffer,” Boatman said. “By requiring a matching rate for in-network providers when care is provided out-of-network in these situations, Oklahomans across the state can receive the assistance they need without worrying about the cost

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Readers’ letters, Victoria Times Colonist, May 18, 2023

Parking requirements should be reduced

Some letter-writers have criticized the City of Victoria for approving new housing with little or no parking. I’m pleased to see Victoria finally move in this direction.

Right now nearly all existing housing in the region includes parking, whether it’s needed by the residents or not. Given the current housing affordability crisis, car-free households need more options so they don’t have to pay for parking that they don’t use.

It may seem inconceivable to some, but there are many households that are car free. Households may choose not to own a car. In other cases, they may not be able to afford a car, or cannot drive due to age, health, or disabilities.

According to the 2017 CRD Household Travel Survey, 20% of Victoria households don’t own a car. That’s about 10,000 car-free households just in the City of Victoria (and the report estimated 17,000 car free households across the whole region).

Victoria is not alone in this. A major shift now seems to be happening across North America, away from minimum parking requirements for new buildings.

Hundreds of cities have eliminated parking requirements in their downtown cores, and dozens more have eliminated parking requirements city-wide. California is eliminating minimum parking requirements across the state, for developments near transit.

Reducing parking requirements will improve affordability and equity, help to fight climate change, and help to create a built environment that is more welcoming to people.

Steven Murray


We have proof that car-free living works

Re: “Car-free accommodation is a bit of a fantasy,” letter, May 16.

A car-free lifestyle is not a far-fetched idea – it’s already a reality for many.

As a downtown resident in a recently built 60-unit rental building with zero off-street parking spaces, I can attest to the success

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