New app will help people with serious mental illness develop a crisis plan

A new mobile app, My Mental Health Crisis Plan, allows individuals who have serious mental illness to create a plan to guide their treatment during a mental health crisis. The app was developed by SMI Adviser, an initiative administered by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The app provides […]

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Fearne Cotton has this tip for anyone trying to reach a “mental utopia”

Fearne Cotton has discussed “perfect” Instagram photos that represent an illusive “mental utopia”, and how they can affect our mental health. If you’ve found yourself scrolling through your social media feeds a lot more than usual during the pandemic, you’re not alone.  Our phones have acted as our window to the world that we’re restricted from physically being in. And, […]

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Dealing with the global tsunami of mental health problems during and post COVID-19

In a special session addressing global mental health before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic held at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID) Professor Vikram Patel (Harvard Medical School, U.S.) will present a new review of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global mental health. He will explain: “Mental health problems were already a leading cause of suffering […]

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Psychologists investigate COVID-19’s mental toll on teenagers

The COVID-19 crisis has taken a psychological toll on people of all ages, but one group especially affected is teenagers. School closures and enforced social distancing have cut off many teens from major means of psychological support, putting them at higher risk of developing anxiety and depression. To learn about how teens (as well as other age groups) might avoid […]

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Timing of gender-affirming care linked to mental health

(HealthDay)—For gender-incongruent (GI) youth presenting for gender-affirming medical care (GAMC), late pubertal stage and older age are associated with worse mental health, according to a study published online Sept. 21 in Pediatrics. Julia C. Sorbara, M.D., from the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional chart review of patients presenting to GAMC to examine […]

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LGBTQ people urgently need specialist mental health support, but it is lacking

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a significant rise in demand for mental health support. LGBTQ people are especially in need of this support, as research suggests that their mental health may be disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Mental health charities offering specialist care for LGBTQ people have already seen an increase in demand for their services. However, this specialist […]

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How to prioritize healthy behaviors to support kids’ physical and mental health

As cities and states across the country enact phased guidelines to re-open, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, encourages parents and caregivers to consider the same concept for re-prioritizing healthy routines that influence both immediate and long-term health. “During this unprecedented time, parents and caregivers have been the primary […]

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Coronavirus: Mental health centers offer help to health care workers, first responders

Caring for the sick and wounded was hard before a worldwide pandemic swept over Colorado, and the novel coronavirus is putting extra pressure Denver’s health care workers’ mental and emotional well-being. For Morgan Howell, a paramedic at a Front Range fire department, being there to support people during the worst moments of their lives is a humbling job. When the […]

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Asian Americans already face a mental health crisis—coronavirus racism could make it worse

In early March, Yuming Wang, a Philadelphia lawyer, watched with increasing concern reports of racist incidents against Asian Americans over coronavirus fears trickle in from other cities. A Chinese woman was attacked for wearing a mask in New York City. A 16-year-old Asian American student was physically assaulted in Los Angeles. Wang, who is the honorary chairman of the Pennsylvania […]

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Easy Daily Changes You Can Make to Help Your Mental Health

When it comes to protecting your mental health, little choices you make in the morning can make all the difference. While no morning will ever look like a beautiful instagram-friendly scene of journaling, coffee and silence and it’s unlikely you’ll have your family consistently doing nighttime gratitude exercises or yoga, you can take steps to adjust your daily routine to […]

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