Ghanaian youth positive mental health linked to social connections and caring

Social scientists have quantitatively explored the links between psycho-social development among youth and their mental health in Ghana and found that emotional, social, and psychological well-being are linked to having healthy relationships with friends, family and community. The findings were published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology on October 21. Ghana has a youthful population, with over 55 percent under […]

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Improved mental health support for frontline workers urgently needed

Frontline healthcare workers need a range of ‘flexible’, ‘easily accessible’ and ‘consistent’ psychological support to overcome the significant mental health burden resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, finds a new study of NHS and community-based staff, led by UCL researchers. In a ‘call to action’, the team of psychiatrists and psychologists, who formed the ‘COVID Trauma Response Working Group’, say there […]

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After two heart valve surgeries, a mental toll

After Ivan Hernandez was born with a defective mitral valve, doctors warned his parents he could face heart failure at any age. Yet Hernandez grew up without incident. He played all sorts of sports, cultivating a love for fitness. As an adult, he sometimes exercised twice a day. He regularly participated in high-intensity interval training and other extreme workouts. He […]

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Women had ‘alarmingly high rates’ of mental health problems during start of the pandemic

A study at the University of Chicago Medicine found U.S. women experienced increased incidence of health-related socioeconomic risks (HRSRs), such as food insecurity and interpersonal violence, early in the COVID-19 pandemic. This was associated with “alarmingly high rates” of mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. The research was published April 5 in the Journal of Women’s Health. Other studies […]

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Parental stress biology and mental health symptoms affect young children

Parental depression and anxiety can have profound effects on children. For the first time, Penn State researchers demonstrated that stress biology relates to depressive and anxiety symptoms differently for mothers versus fathers, and that parents’ profiles of stress biology and symptoms can predict their preschoolers’ emotional and behavioral problems. According to Erika Lunkenheimer, associate professor of psychology and Social Science […]

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