Ageism, Mental Health and Suicide Risk in Older Men

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health, suicide or substance use crisis or emotional distress, reach out 24/7 to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) by dialing or texting 988 or using chat services at suicidepreventionlifeline.org to connect to a trained crisis counselor. … Read more

Concerns for safety rise as oversight of Illinois prison mental health care ends

An independent expert who has monitored the mental health care was terminated reducing the transparency around an often failing system. CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Corrections has long faced accusations of abuse and violence toward people with mental illness and has continually failed to fill positions for mental health care workers. Now for the … Read more

Dive Right in! Cold Water Swims Bring Many Health Benefits

Sept. 29, 2022 — Every Sunday from November to April Dennis Thomas starts his day by hitting the beach at Coney Island for a dip in the frigid Atlantic Ocean — no matter how low the mercury plummets. Thomas, president of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, says these winter swims offer more than just … Read more

Optimal birth weight may help reduce the risk of mental health problems in children

New research from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences has found that babies with larger birth weights tend to have fewer mental health and behavioral issues in childhood and adolescence. These findings could help to identify and support children at greater risk of developing psychological problems. The study, published in European Child & Adolescent … Read more

Air Force leaders urge more focus on mental health as suicides rise

Senior Air Force officials pledged to improve airmen’s access to mental health care and urged commanders to play a more active role in supporting their troops, suggesting that suicides are again on the rise. Secretary Frank Kendall, the service’s top civilian, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne Bass, its senior enlisted leader, … Read more

Sentara Healthcare Boosts Efforts to Address Social Determinants of Health

The health system has created a community care program that includes mobile units and neighborhood-based Community Care Centers. Sentara Healthcare has launched a community care program to provide neighborhood-level access to services for people who are on Medicaid or are uninsured or underinsured. A primary focus of Sentara Community Care is to help patients address … Read more

Metaphors relating to journey, war are commonly used in mental health narratives

Metaphors relating to the journey, war and struggles are probably the most frequently used in any area, but particularly so when talking about diseases such as cancer or, more recently, COVID-19. A new study carried out by a team of researchers at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) has used an analysis of Spanish-language blogs … Read more

At this recovery center, police cope with the mental health costs of the job

Ken Beyer can’t think of a day in the past few months when his phone didn’t flutter with calls, text messages, and emails from a police department, a sheriff’s office, or a fire station seeking help for an employee. A patrol officer threatening to kill himself with his service weapon before roll call. A veteran … Read more

Plants and Nature Can Improve Your Mental Health

Sept. 26, 2022 – Miriam Geiger, a 30-year-old Massachusetts-based legal editor, feels she has a relationship with plants, whether they are houseplants she tends in her living room or outdoor plants and herbs in her garden. “I’ve always tried to keep plants wherever I’ve been living, and my parents did too,” she says. “My mother … Read more

Youth Mental Health Was Declining in the US Long Before Covid-19

Share on PinterestNew research highlights the growing extent of the youth mental health crisis in the United States and how parents can help. Sally Anscombe/Stocksy Recent research suggests the mental health of children and teens in the US is declining. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to this decline, experts say the root of the … Read more