From increased depression and suicidal thoughts to social isolation and lower socioeconomic status, the negative consequences of being bullied can last well into middle age, a large study suggests.
NIH Director Francis Collins explores how microbes living in intestines can play a role in mental well-being.
Feeling forgetful and confused may be a normal part of life. But if thinking problems or unusual behavior starts to interfere with normal activities, it’s time to see a doctor. These could be signs of dementia.
Read the full article at http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Jan2014/Feature1
Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health is an hour-long event that uses text messaging to get people talking about mental health and encourage them to take action. Through this event, young people can have a conversation with their peers and give voice to an issue that can otherwise be difficult for them to speak about. This event is geared toward young people, but people of all ages can participate and benefit from it. It’s simple: at any time on April 24th, gather three to four friends, family, classmates, students, and/or colleagues; text “start” to 89800; and receive polling and discussion questions via text messaging while having a face-to-face dialogue with the group.
Learn how to participate at - http://creatingcommunitysolutions.org/texttalkact
Nearly one in five American adults, or 43.7 million people, experienced a diagnosable mental illness in 2012 according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These results are consistent with 2011 findings.
Read more from SAMHSA at http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1312181201.aspx
People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder have a higher risk for substance use, especially cigarette smoking, and protective factors usually associated with lower rates of substance use do not exist in severe mental illness, according to a new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.
Using affirmations can help change negative thoughts and allow you to consciously and subconsciously focus on the positive, which is a valuable tool in building self-esteem.
MAY 8, 2014 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Awareness Day 2014, taking place May 8th, seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth. SAMHSA’s national launch event for Awareness Day 2014 takes place on May 6 in conjunction with the National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference in Washington, DC. The launch event will focus on the unique needs of young adults, ages 16 to 25 years, with mental health challenges, and the value of peer support in helping young adults build resilience in the four life domains of housing, education, employment, and healthcare access.
Learn more: http://www.samhsa.gov/children/national.asp
Marijuana “may push everyone a few feet closer” to the “cliff of sanity,” a resident physician from Yale University writes in a soul-searching essay for the Wall Street Journal. “As research accumulates, the emerging picture is that marijuana precipitates schizophrenia or related psychotic disorders in people whose brains are inherently vulnerable to psychosis,”
Lisa Halpern’s “What It’s Like to Have Schizophrenia” is a don’t-miss article for all of us who live or work with severe mental illness and have yearned for hope when things seemed hopeless. “I was in high school when I started hearing the voices. I was picked to give a graduation speech, but I thought I heard people talking about how they didn’t want me to give the speech,” she writes ”