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UH Psychologists Respond to Suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade

The nation was in mourning last week as it lost two beloved cultural icons to suicide. Clothing designer Kate Spade grew a small handbag company into a women’s fashion behemoth, and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain brought a hard-boiled, unconventional approach to culinary writing and television travelogues. Their deaths reignited a national conversation on suicide and mental health, with many expressing shock that two wealthy, successful public figures with fans around the world would choose to take their own lives. But research suggests psychological wellness can’t be attained through a robust bank account or a widespread following on social media. Read more

Professor Roberto Tejada Appointed Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at College Art Association

Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of English, Roberto Tejada, was recently appointed the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for the College Art Association (CAA), the preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts. He was recently interviewed about this new role by CAA’s executive director, Hunter O’Hanian, where he discusses the priority of equity and inclusion in higher education and the museum professions. Read the full interview here.

Fighting Tobacco Use Among Adults with Mental Illness

Of all the groups that try to quit smoking, it seems hardest for those who suffer from anxiety and depression. The health effects are jarring: People with mental illness or substance use disorders die about five years earlier than those without these disorders and many of those deaths are caused by smoking cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more