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The brilliance of turning red

The brilliance of turning red

One of the best coming-of-age tales we’ve seen, Turning Red explores a teen girl’s embrace of her authentic self. A peer debate over “living with the voices” of schizophrenia and other conditions. Plus, why some young people reject saving money, and more.

Portrait of a therapist

Portrait of a therapist

A look at Olga Guralnik, the therapist and star of Showtime’s ‘Couples Therapy.’ Also, the benefits of letting your children know they can talk about anything, loneliness as a risk factor for job loss, and the suicide prevention initiative Project Semicolon.

A dog-saves-man story

A dog-saves-man story

A powerful bond between a man and a dog. The youth mental health crisis has been building for years. And more investigative reporting on corruption in Colorado mental health clinics.

Walking and talking for mental health

Walking and talking for mental health

A British firefighter walks with other men to share feelings and get support.. Singer-songwriter Carla Morrison talks about how she reclaimed her mental health. And two news organizations look at state bureaucracies that have failed troubled children and incarcerated adults.

Your brain on Covid

Your brain on Covid

A new study suggests that the impact of Covid on the brain may extend beyond our sense of smell. And we examine two studies that examine the impact of race on mental health and services.

Stigma? What stigma?

Stigma? What stigma?

New research suggests stigma is easing toward people with mental health conditions. Facebook content moderators in Africa say the company treats them callously, with little support for their mental health. And a plea for for helicopter parents to stop the whirling.

Women athletes under stress

Women athletes under stress

Women who are college athletes face intense mental and emotional pressure. Can phone bans for kids work? Plus, climate change and mental illness: the saga continues.

Teens in crisis languish in the ER

Teens in crisis languish in the ER

How teens in a mental crisis are held for days and even weeks in hospital emergency rooms because there are not enough inpatient psychiatric beds. Why private equity investment in mental health is raising eyebrows. The problem with FindTreatment.Gov, and more.

A cultural mindshift on OCD

A cultural mindshift on OCD

Thinking about OCD has changed, as reflected in popular culture. Which might help you most: a therapist or coach? And a multimedia package helps teens talk about their mental health.

The Neuroscience of Touch

The Neuroscience of Touch

Scientists discover the long-sought neural messenger for the pleasurable sensations from cuddles and caresses. Provocative research shows that women are four times more likely to die by suicide if there are firearms in the home. And new research on eating disorders among LGBT adults.

Homage to Naomi Judd

Homage to Naomi Judd

The great country music star Naomi Judd, who suffered from treatment-resistant depression, was a powerful mental health advocate. Also in this issue:: Los Angeles’ botched plan to provide shelter for people in homeless encampments, mental health apps with privacy issues, and more,

A mental health reckoning in sports

A mental health reckoning in sports

An Olympic contender gymnast’s death from eating disorders in 1994 was a catalyst for the ongoing struggle for mental health in sports. Plus, Boston Red Sox team up with mental health foundation, 10 great reads for Mental Health Awareness Month, and more.

Exonerated and released – now what?

Exonerated and released – now what?

Wrongfully convicted men who were exonerated and released provide loving support to each other. Teachers are leaving the profession in droves in the face of hostility, burnout and lack of support. And Texas says fentanyl test strips – which can save lives by detecting the contaminating presence of the deadly drug – are illegal.

To help children, help their Moms

To help children, help their Moms

May 2, 2022 By Don Sapatkin Good Monday morning, MindSite News readers. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. To spread awareness, forward this newsletter to a friend. Meanwhile, read on for stories about how researchers hope to reduce child mortality by focusing on mothers’ mental health, why Black grief extends far beyond the deaths…

Video games: solution or problem?

Video games: solution or problem?

New research explores the impact that young peer support specialists can have in working with people struggling with addiction and mental illness. We also look at a commentary from a leading mental health researcher who suggests that recent reported declines in suicide rates may be statistical blips. And then we ask that time-honored question: Is…

Tackling the Campus Suicide Crisis

Tackling the Campus Suicide Crisis

Today we feature a movement led by youth and mental health nonprofits, aided by researchers and concerned professors. Plus, an investigation of unliveable SRO hotels in SF used to house the homeless, talk therapy for dementia, and more.

The predictive power of baby teeth

The predictive power of baby teeth

New research explores what baby teeth can tell us about a child’s mental health. A new urgent care service for mental health opening in Detroit. And do laws against interstate therapy limit freedom of speech?

The complicated life of teens

The complicated life of teens

A delightful guide to puberty from our leading pediatric association. Plus, we discuss a poignant story and mini documentary about the mental health crisis that is affecting so many of our teenagers. Also: a reprieve from execution for a Texas woman with a history of trauma who supporters say was coerced into a false confession.

Did self-interest kill Colorado mental health reform?

Did self-interest kill Colorado mental health reform?

Ten years ago, an effort to transform Colorado’s mental health system was beaten back. A collaborative investigation explores how. A new report questions how much benefit people really get from antidepressants. Plus, a look at the history of harm reduction efforts.

Guns now deadlier than crashes for kids

Guns now deadlier than crashes for kids

Firearms – not car crashes – are now the leading cause of death in children. Race may influence people’s treatment for depression. And more precise understanding of the value of exercise as an antidepressant.  

Like a bad episode of The Office

Like a bad episode of The Office

What if your office throws you a party that you told them you didn’t want? Plus what does it really means to be diagnosed with ADHD?

A teacher who’s been there

A teacher who’s been there

Today, we learn about a teacher who once dropped out of high school himself. We also bring you stories about the soaring number of unhoused people who have died on the streets of our cities and, on the more hopeful side, about a program in North Carolina that is helping homeless people get into housing.

Family mental health news roundup

Family mental health news roundup

April 19, 2022 Hello, MindSite News readers. Today we have a special roundup about news on families and mental health. We take a look at the need for expanded employee benefits, including caregiving and sick leave, for working parents, as well as an innovative approach to kids’ depression and anxiety. Plus, millennial parents’ openness to…

The war on school mental health

The war on school mental health

Sham “grassroots” groups are targeting social emotional learning, a science-based approach that finds kids learn better when they feel safe, valued, and connected. Plus, a dangerous successor to illicit fentanyl.

The virtual doctor will see you now

April 15, 2022 By Tom Insel, MD, and Matthew Hirschtritt, MD, MPH Good morning, Research Roundup readers. The studies we review this week cover a broad range of mental health research: We take a deep look at new genomic studies about schizophrenia and assess their impact (spoiler alert: not much yet). We have a hopeful…

A trip to the courthouse

A trip to the courthouse

An Ohio State professor having a mental breakdown resigned her job with an “f-you” email, then tried to backtrack. A Texas mother with a history of trauma is slated to be executed – but advocates say her confession was false. Plus a photographer makes portraits of unhoused people – and lets them tell their stories.

The return of gaslighting

The return of gaslighting

Gaslighting – the phrase – has enjoyed a resurgence in the disinformation era. Clubhouses give people coping with mental illness a judgement-free place to go. Plus Britney Spears takes to social media with a useful message about perinatal depression.

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