In an emotional Instagram video, Teen Mom OG’s Tyler Baltierra talks about his battle with depression

In an emotional Instagram video, Teen Mom OG's Tyler Baltierra talks about his battle with depression

“You have good days, then you have bad days. And today is just a bad day… I know I’m not the only one feeling like this. So if you’re in the same boat as me, just hang in there and [know] you’re not alone and talk to somebody.” This is an excerpt from a recent Instagram video post shared by the Teen Mom OG star Tyler Baltierra. In the video, Baltierra could be seen holding back tears while talking about his mental health struggles. The star also disclosed that he is aware that he is not the only one who feels like this. He could be seen encouraging people with mental health issues to just “hang in there” and “know that you’re not alone” and “talk to somebody” about it. Continue reading

Second teen accused in ‘Slender Man’ stabbing case gets 40 years of institutional care

Second teen accused in ‘Slender Man’ stabbing case gets 40 years of institutional care

The second of the two teen girls, accused of the 2014 attempted homicide of their classmate, got 40 years supervision under a mental health institution. Morgan Geyser, a 15-year-old girl from Wisconsin, was charged with stabbing her friend in the woods to curry favor with Slender Man, a fictional online horror character. Continue reading

Singer Coleman Hell opens up about his struggle with mental health

Singer Coleman Hell opens up about his struggle with mental health

Even though his career was doing well and seemed to be heading toward greater successes in life, 28-year-old Coleman Hell was still unhappy. His electronic single “2 Heads” was in great demand on the mainstream radio and he had secured two Juno Award nominations. It was like his dreams were coming true, so where was the feeling of depression creeping in from? Continue reading

Candy Chang, an artist who gives voice to vulnerabilities lying within an individual

Candy Chang, an artist who gives voice to vulnerabilities lying within an individual

The old adage – when life gives you lemons, make lemonade – holds true for TVB actress Candy Chang, who has a unique knack to turn anxiety and fear into public art. The second runner-up in the Miss Chinese International Pageant 2010 is the brain behind the immensely popular Before I Die series, a traveling chalkboard wall where passersby could share their wishes with the world. Continue reading

New York schools to impart mental health education to children from July 2018

New York schools to impart mental health education to children from July 2018

As a much-needed step in the direction of removing the stigma associated with mental disorders, elementary, middle and high schools across New York will be required to include mental health education in their health curriculum, effective July 1, 2018. After years of tireless legislative backing by the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS), a nonprofit, New York lawmakers have finally responded to the call. The initiative would make New York the first state in the U.S. to impart mental health education in schools. Continue reading

#DamWorthIt initiative aims to remove stigma associated with mental health in colleges

#DamWorthIt initiative aims to remove stigma associated with mental health in colleges

College athletics are competitive and can be nerve-wracking. Students competing in University championships fight for the trophy, putting their life at stake. In many instances, the winner or winning team not only catapults to instant fame within the college or the University, but also secures seat in an Ivy League college. Many of the good colleges in America give due importance to extracurricular activities and consider admissions based on good performance in a sport.  Continue reading

UK gets new loneliness minister

UK gets new loneliness minister

The British government on Jan. 17, 2018, decided to appoint a minister for loneliness to deal with the growing problem of loneliness across the country. The initiative can be rightly attributed to efforts of Jo Cox, the Labor Party lawmaker who met her brutal end at the hands of a far right activist in 2016. Shortly before her killing, Cox had set up a commission to look into the issue of loneliness, which was taking a heavy toll on the mental health of people nationwide. Continue reading

2 shareholders ask Apple to take action over kids’ smartphone addiction

2 shareholders ask Apple to take action over kids’ smartphone addiction

Amid rising concerns over the adverse effects of smartphone use on the young generation’s mental health, two prominent shareholders of Apple have urged the iPhone maker to take immediate action to curb mobile device use among children. In an open letter to the multinational company, the two investors – Barry Rosenstein, managing partner, Jana Partners LLC and Anne Sheehan, director of corporate governance, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) – have asked Apple to provide parents with effective software tools and resources so that they can help their kids use the device “in an optimal manner.”

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Most leading public universities do not track student suicides, says report

Most leading public universities do not track student suicides, says report

Nearly half of the leading public universities in America do not maintain a record of suicides among their students, even as measures are being taken to improve mental health on campus. According to the latest findings by the Associated Press (AP), of 100 largest public universities, only 46 were tracking student suicides, with 27 of them doing it consistently since 2007. Continue reading

Gay, queer teens have 4 times higher risk of attempting suicide, survey finds

Gay, queer teens have 4 times higher risk of attempting suicide, survey finds

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) teens have higher likelihood of suicide attempt than other groups, suggests a recent study by researchers from the San Diego State University. According to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in December 2017, LGBQ adolescents are four times as likely to attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers. Continue reading