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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Your first point of contact and your partner in recovery: The GP’s role in mental healthcare

Around 70% of people who sought treatment for their mental health in Australia in 2015-16 saw a general practitioner. This amounts to 18 million dedicated mental health consultations. GPs are often the first point of contact for people concerned about their mental health. Mostly, though, mental health care occurs within consultations initiated for other reasons. This could be when someone […]

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Mental health program helps teens recognise and support peers at risk

A novel mental health program improves teenagers’ ability to recognise and support friends who might be at risk of suicide, according to new research. University of Melbourne researchers have evaluated the impact of teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) – a universal mental health literacy program for high school students in Years 10-12—as an intervention to improve peer support towards […]

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On the front lines of mental health care, emergency rooms are adapting

Patients seeking mental health care, sitting in emergency rooms for hours as clinical staff conduct physical tests unrelated to their problem. Case managers making scores of phone calls just to find one spot in an in-patient program. This scenario encountered by mental health patients in their local emergency rooms is less than ideal, experts say, and is even more of […]

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Childhood sexual abuse linked to a range of physical and mental health conditions

A new review of previous studies into the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse has suggested that earlier mental health support for victims would reduce the chances of victims developing psychiatric conditions and substance misuse later in life. Childhood sexual abuse is known to be associated with a wide range of health conditions, from chronic pain to mental health problems. […]

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Building therapeutic cities to tackle mental health problems

In all likelihood, poor mental health has blighted every age of human existence. Evolutionary psychologists suggest it may be an intrinsic, even necessary, condition for our species. But there are grounds to suppose that we are now witnessing a rise in conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, burnout and suicide, as mental health disorders are measured to have a growing […]

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