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

Americans more open about mental health issues but stigma persists, finds survey

Americans more open about mental health issues but stigma persists, finds survey

While the general awareness about mental health problems is on the rise in the United States, stigmas and misperceptions surrounding them are still prevalent among Americans, a recent survey reveals. According to the survey conducted on 3,000 U.S. adults, 70 percent of the respondents were comparatively more open to talking about mental health than a decade ago. Continue reading

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

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

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

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 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

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