Football clubs need to do more to help improve mental health of their players, says Prince William

Prince William has asked football clubs to do more to help players improve their mental health. The Duke of Cambridge made his comments recently while meeting with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse at Sporting Chance in Liphook, Hampshire. Prince William, who is the president of the Football Association (FA), acknowledged the survivors’ ability to tackle issues such as racism while performing well in sports. Sporting Chance, founded by former England football captain Tony Adams, supports people from professional sports deal with mental health and addiction problems. Continue reading

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Experts at suicide awareness conference highlight role of suicidal gene

The month of September is being observed as the National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in the United States. It is a good time to make an effort to openly talk about the taboo topic. Working in this direction, a conference was held to understand the biology of the suicidal brain and possible role of genetics in triggering suicide. Organized by the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, on Sept. 9, 2017, the 2nd Annual Suicide Awareness & Prevention Conference had over 250 people in attendance. The conference with the theme, “Shattering the Silence,” saw mental health experts from across the country discussing about suicide prevention and finding ways to support people with depression. Continue reading

Agony of DACA repeal may affect mental health of immigrants

“I’m here today to announce that the program known as Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA), that was effectuated under the Obama administration, is being rescinded,” Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions declared recently. The announcement that came in the first week of September 2017, was enough to stun Dona Cantu (name changed), an immigrant who grew up in America and considers California her home. A pall of hopelessness descended upon her. Suddenly, everything she had worked so hard to achieve, seemed endangered. Continue reading

Loneliness may increase risk of premature death, finds study

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” — Mother Teresa.

Loneliness has always been associated with negative feelings, with researchers drawing parallels between mental illnesses and loneliness. According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR), lonely people are more vulnerable to depressive symptoms. The study had reported an association between loneliness and severe conditions like dementia, alcohol abuse, chronic stress, suicide ideation, poor sleep and personality disorder. Continue reading

National Happiness Happens Day: 6 ways to enjoy happiness with optimum mental health

Omar Khayyam, one of the most influential thinkers of our times, once said, “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” This is the message that the National Happiness Happens Day (NHHD) intends to deliver. Observed on August 8 every year, the NHHD urges people to celebrate happiness. Be it a flicker of a giggle, a moment of rejoicing or an opportunity to smile, just make the most of it. Continue reading

National Exercise with Your Child Week: Role of physical activity in managing depression

Depression in teens is fairly common in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2015, about three million American adolescents aged 12 to 17 experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Depression affects teens badly as it may contribute to poor interpersonal relationships and impaired physical health. Continue reading

Anxiety, depression affect well-being of older population

Some old people enjoy high levels of subjective well-being despite age-related illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, among others. German scientists have tried to find out the reasons behind it. A new study, published recently in the journal BMC Geriatrics, has reported a strong association between low levels of well-being experienced and depression/anxiety. Continue reading

High-fat diet during pregnancy may increase risk of mental disorders in offspring, finds study

In the to-do list of an expectant mother, diet occupies the top slot. It is imperative for all moms-to-be to consume nutritious food for a healthy baby. Stressing the need for healthy foods during pregnancy, a new study has revealed some harmful effects of a high-fat diet on both the mother and the unborn child. Continue reading

Purposeful Parenting Month: How parents can help ADHD children make friends?

In the words of American author Helen Keller, “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” The presence of friends makes this world a better place to live in. While everybody wants to have good friends, children with a mental health problem need them more. Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) find it difficult to make and maintain friends. They are often rejected by their peers and judged by teachers for their poor social skills. Continue reading