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

Pineapple Fund pledges $4 million to MDMA research

Pineapple Fund pledges $4 million to MDMA research

Pineapple Fund, the $86 million Bitcoin charity started by an anonymous donor, has pledged $4 million to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) till March 10, 2018. The donation would be of great help to the nonprofit research organization, which is in want of fund to start the next phase of the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials in patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Continue reading

Mental health issues still bother Hurricane Harvey survivors

Mental health issues still bother Hurricane Harvey survivors

Tropical storm Harvey had left Houston high and dry, leaving over 80 people dead and thousands other homeless. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, over 9,000 homes were destroyed and 185,000 were damaged by the hurricane that lashed the state in August 2017. The catastrophe inflicted a loss of around $125 billion, affecting Houston metropolitan area the most.
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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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Is Blue Monday real? Here’s how to make Mondays happier

Is Blue Monday real? Here’s how to make Mondays happier

With fading memories of the last Christmas celebrations, weight gain due to binge eating (and drinking in many cases), return to work, and dwindling bank accounts, life might appear to be bleak for a lot of people. While every day might seem like an uphill task, Mondays especially turn out to be difficult. And if it’s a third Monday of January, chances are that even a headstrong person may feel the blues. For, the third Monday of January is notorious as Blue Monday – the gloomiest day of the year – in some parts of the world. Continue reading

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

Passive use of social media can make people feel worse, says Facebook

Passive use of social media can make people feel worse, says Facebook

Various studies have pointed at the fact that social media can have a negative impact on one’s mental health, but the owners of popular networking sites have often avoided commenting on the issue. However, it seems researches conducted in this field have managed to influence some social media entrepreneurs, with Facebook recently admitting that social media can be bad for one’s mental well-being. In the company’s latest blog post, Facebook Director of Research David Ginsberg and Research Scientist. Along with social psychologist Moira Burke, acknowledged that social media can leave people “feeling worse.” While they argued how one used social media had a big impact on one’s overall well-being, they agreed that passively scrolling the news feed may make one feel bad. Continue reading

HIGHLIGHTS of 2017: 10 celebrities who opened up about their mental problems

HIGHLIGHTS of 2017: 10 celebrities who opened up about their mental problems

Stigmatizing certain beliefs or behaviors is equivalent to disgracing and demoralizing a person and attaching a negative label to his or her personality. Rooted in misunderstanding and discrimination, stigma refers to a set of beliefs and attitudes that may lead people to avoid, fear or reject societal norms, objects or individuals perceived to be different or dangerous. Continue reading

Untreated mental illness: From homelessness to incarceration

Untreated mental illness: From homelessness to incarceration

It’s time we accept that mental illness is real, a disease that should be treated on a par with physical illness. But it remains shrouded in stigma and shame, leaving millions of Americans suffer endlessly. An untreated mental disorder can result in homelessness, poverty, incarceration, acts of violence, victimization, suicide and severe clinical outcomes. The results of the untreated condition are often the causes behind it. The longer the treatment is delayed, more difficult it becomes for someone to cope with the demands of daily life, leading to financial troubles, worsening of existing symptoms and deterioration of the overall quality of life. Continue reading