Virtual reality claims victim in real world – Popular vlogger Etika found dead in New York

Virtual reality claims victim in real world – Popular vlogger Etika found dead in New York

Desmond Amofah, 29, popularly known by his virtual name Etika, was missing for 6 days when his body was recovered by the New York Police Department (NYPD) on June 24, 2019. The police found his body in the East River on the South Street Seaport around 6:20 p.m. The NYPD informed the world about his death through their Tweet on June 25. According to the latest reports, a medical examiner will be performing an autopsy to determine his cause of death. Continue reading

Ensuring mental health well-being at workplace

Ensuring mental health well-being at workplace

Workplace stress is common and a serious problem as it might to lead anxiety, depression and many other mental health problems. Untreated mental health problems can lead to adverse health consequences like loss of productivity at work, relationship problems, and violent behavior among others. People often neglect their mental health and pay more attention to their physical health. Nonetheless, it is important to make mental well-being a priority so that one has a fulfilling career. Continue reading

Bill seeks amendment to Act related to advertisements on mental health rehabs

Bill seeks amendment to Act related to advertisements on mental health rehabs

Feeling the need to regulate the advertisements on the internet regarding mental health rehabs, Illinois recently suggested certain amendments to the House Bill (HB) 4949  – Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act – to the Mental Health Committee for review. After a short debate on Apr 20, 2018, the committee recommended these to be adopted. As per the proposed changes, it would be illegal for an individual to publish any misleading or false adverts. Further, no individual can indulge in any sort of promotion that misrepresents the need to look for help for mental health issues or treatment for substance use disorder outside the state of Illinois. Continue reading

Zero Discrimination Day: Bill to give new lease of life to domestic violence and sexual assault victims

Zero Discrimination Day: Bill to give new lease of life to domestic violence and sexual assault victims

Coretta Scott King, wife of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, believed that “discrimination in the job market is a very important area where work needs to be done.” Not only women, but people of different ethnicities, religions, colors, races and gender are made to feel that they are inferior by way of gestures, casual remarks, complaints and common practices, such as overriding a person for a promotion or degrading someone’s character. Continue reading

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: Study finds changing perception of homelessness in US

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: Study finds changing perception of homelessness in US

People have become more compassionate and accommodating to homelessness in the past two decades, revealed a recent study by researchers at the Yale University. The findings are based on a survey that mapped what people of America think of homelessness. Also, the researchers compared the results with studies conducted during the 1990s. Continue reading

World Mental Health Day: Time to offer effective care to people with mental illnesses

World Mental Health Day: Time to offer effective care to people with mental illnesses

Mental health problems usually bring in isolation and loneliness. Individuals with psychiatric disorders tend to detach themselves from others because of their negative feelings and tendency to doubt their abilities. Therefore, friends and family members of those suffering from mental illnesses find it tough to take care of them without making them feel low. Continue reading

World Smile Day: Are you smiling to immerse your depression?

World Smile Day: Are you smiling to immerse your depression?

The general assumption about a person smiling is that he or she is happy, relaxed and enjoying life. Nevertheless, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), an individual who appears to be happy and goes about his or her daily chores comfortably, but is still unable to enjoy life, might be suffering from smiling depression.

In simple words, smiling depression is a depressive disorder in which a person appears to be happy despite battling an inner turmoil. Characterized by atypical symptoms, smiling depression is hard to detect as people suffering from this disorder generally do well in their professional, social and personal lives. Continue reading

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

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

State of Mississippi spent more on institutionalizing than on community services for mentally ill, reveals report

State of Mississippi spent more on institutionalizing than on community services for mentally ill, reveals report

A recent report, authorized by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (MSDMH), has revealed that a major share of the state’s resources was spent on institutionalizing those with mental disabilities rather than on community services for them. The same findings had previously been established by the U.S. Department of Justice. The report was made public Continue reading

Bouldering may help treat depression, shows study

Bouldering may help treat depression, shows study

No one’s life is perfect. Everyone has their share of stresses, worries and tensions. At times, one is able to handle the situation easily, however, there are times when everything becomes overwhelming or the difficult times seem to go on forever. In such a case, the constant stress of dealing with a tough situation can harm a person’s mental health leading to the development of mental disorders like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Continue reading