Mental health – Tifton Is On Tue, 13 Sep 2022 09:50:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mental health – Tifton Is On 32 32 Group educates Temple athletes about mental health – The Temple News Tue, 13 Sep 2022 09:00:00 +0000
Morgans Message President Natalie Demasi (left) and Vice President Peyton Rieger (right) are fighting to overcome the stigma around athlete mental health. | NEWS FROM THE TEMPLE / COUNT KUFEN

September 4-10 was National Suicide Prevention Week across the country, allowing organizations to speak out about the challenges people with mental illness face. An organization at Temple University was able to use the week to spread positive mental health awareness messages for student athletes at Temple Athletics.

Morgan’s Message is a non-profit organization that provides resources and expertise for people struggling with mental health issues. Temple University opened its own chapter in April 2022, educating the student-athlete community on campus about everyday mental stressors, like balancing academics and sports.

The program was introduced to Temple by Morgan’s Message President at Temple University, Natalie Demasi, who created the partnership with Morgan’s Message after contacting them directly, and currently sits on the board alongside six other athletes. .

“I have representatives from every team on the board,” said Demasi, a second-year women’s soccer player. “People who are really passionate about it on their team, they’re the ones responsible for spreading the word.”

Morgan’s Message currently has 674 high school and college campuses representing their organization through peer-to-peer ambassador work at each school.

Reese Henderson, the organization’s treasurer, championed mental health awareness by sharing promotional posts on social media. When Demasi offered her to join the board, she jumped at the chance.

“I was pretty public about my own struggles already,” said Henderson, a sophomore women’s soccer player. “I was passionate about mental health before, so when Nat asked to join this club, I said ‘yes, of course’.”

Morgan’s Message provides a safe space for student-athletes to express their personal struggles with mental health, as well as to unite the various Temple teams in the common goal of raising awareness of the issue.

Meetings at various locations around the main campus and constant outreach on Instagram have seen the club grow to more than 50 people since April. Athletes also receive additional information about Temple’s wellness resources, and Edward Darrah, Temple Athletics Mental Health Counseling Director, is the chapter’s adult advisor.

While every athlete has their own mental journey, Morgan’s post at Temple University helped find common ground on issues that all student-athletes face.

“I think athletes relate in different ways,” Henderson said. “We all go to training, we all lift and we do all these other things, but we don’t all talk about mental health, and I want that to be accessible when someone wants to do it.”

Morgan’s Message has bi-weekly meetings where they invite athletes from each team to attend. While conversations about mental health can’t be forced, the board hopes more student-athletes will eventually tell their stories, Demasi said.

Whether it’s the pressure to succeed on the field, in the weight room, in the classroom, on social media, or even at home, student-athletes face a constant battle with their own identity. and their emotional balance, Henderson said.

“I just want everyone to make sure they know they’re not alone,” Demasi said. “Before I knew my resources, I felt so alone, I wanted to make sure everyone knew that we have resources like TUWell and a group of athletes who want to make sure everyone is okay.”

The mental health of male athletes is a hyper-stigmatized topic that the group also focuses on. Male student-athletes have not attended meetings as often as female athletes, but they are now more exposed to the positive aspects of the group.

With Trey Blair as a board member, Morgan’s Message is already taking a step in the right direction by supporting all athletes, not just women.

Blair believes that as a black football player, he can play a strong role in promoting the club to a newer demographic on campus. By understanding the aspects of mental health that men face on a daily basis, his message could begin to attract more male student-athletes to meetings.

“As a male athlete, you’re kind of expected to be tough and go about your business a certain way,” said Blair, a freshman soccer player in the red shirt. “But for me, what’s hard is being brave enough to talk about your personal issues.”

While the stigma surrounding athlete mental health is still an issue, Temple athletes like Demasi, Henderson and Blair hope to accelerate mental support through Morgan’s Message to Temple University, Blair said.

“With competition at this high level, it comes with changes in starting lineups and a lot of people struggle with the anxiety of wanting to be a starter,” Demasi said. “A lot of us also have nutrition and body image issues, but we just want everyone to be educated on how to de-stress.”


Mental health is stigmatized on college campuses across the country, but it’s especially difficult for student-athletes to speak out. The rigor of their respective sports has created a dilemma where athletes often put their mental well-being on hold in order to focus on their craft.

Demasi has overcome her own mental health battles over the past three years, but has used a consistent approach to her emotional well-being through therapy and self-care techniques like meditation and journaling that empower her. to help others today, Demasi said.

The organization preaches the idea that sharing your story is a step in the journey to stability. Mental Illness Awareness Week runs from Oct. 3 to Oct. 9, and Morgan’s Message hopes to amp up its efforts by this week by handing out wristbands and a consistent social media posting schedule.

The board includes a vice president, treasurer, secretary and two co-ordinators with a president directing the entire operation, enabling constant communication with the athletes, which has already enabled Morgan’s Message at Temple to do some progress.

This area of ​​Morgan’s message hasn’t seen the same results as with female athletes, but it’s something they’re looking to improve on.

“We make a mistake and think ‘This is where we belong’, but failure is part of the process.”

“I’m going to make a mistake and I’m going to blame myself for that mistake,” Demasi said. “I think other people are struggling with that as well.”

Climate change will not spare our mental health Sun, 11 Sep 2022 16:01:15 +0000

You could say that I am a bit of an expert on disasters and their consequences. As the medical director of one of the country’s 28 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams for 20 years, I was deployed across the country to help deal with disasters, both natural and d man-made, beginning with 9/11 (21 years ago today), Hurricane Katrina, and as recently as 2021, the collapse of the Surfside condo in Miami, Florida.

Whether my team and I are sorting through rubble looking for survivors or in a boat rescuing victims from rising waters, our mission is the same: to help those in need. That’s what my team and I do.

Climate change leading to multiply by five in the number of weather-related disasters over the past 50 years, the need for disaster-related trauma care will only increase. Experts are projecting increasing numbers intense tropical cyclones (category 4-5 hurricanes) with higher maximum wind speeds, which can cause deaths, devastate communities and displace thousands of people.

Crisis response efforts immediately after disasters – by the Red Cross and other organizations – have become much more effective over the past decade, but even that is not enough. Recognizing the mental health issues that are occurring alongside the other effects of climate change on people around the world is only the first step in creating short- and long-term care plans for people with struggling with disaster-related trauma.

We must prepare for the possibility that climate change-related disasters will cause a corresponding mental health crisis.

A coordinated initial response

As the USAR Team Physician, I am responsible not only for the physical well-being of my teammates, but also for their mental well-being. We must also help victims in both directions, in the initial response as well as in the aftermath.

The first step in helping victims in a crisis is being able to recognize that there may be a problem. Obviously, if someone has just been rescued from a collapsed building or cut from their attic after 2 days of flooding, one can assume that they might need some help. But, in any disaster, there is collateral damage, including those who may have been nearby, loved ones at home or friends watching on TV.

It is important to recognize potential problems and begin to resolve them. I like to make eye contact and study the person’s facial expressions while looking for signs that might be of concern. I am also looking for physical symptoms.

Sometimes extreme emotional stress and trauma immediately after a disaster can manifest as symptoms such as dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations or even body aches, in which case those affected may need medical attention. I do this with my fellow first responders and with the victims and families I meet.

It is also important to find effective ways to normalize grief and trauma, both for victims and first responders. It can be as simple as asking, “How are you?” to get the person to open up about how they feel. Or it may require more professional interventions from a doctor or counselor.

But for many people, the trauma doesn’t just go away – weeks or months later, some experience depression or other acute symptoms due to feelings of loss, guilt, economic ruin or other troubling circumstances. .

Despite the fact that I have been responding to disasters for so long, as an individual I can’t do much and I only have resources. Most responses to disasters – natural or man-made – are local, local and isolated.

It’s sometimes difficult with a disaster like the Surfside collapse, because it’s so localized when literally three blocks away, life in Miami unfolds as if one of the biggest disasters of recent times doesn’t happen. did not produce in the street. But with the possibility of more natural disasters occurring due to climate change, we need a more intentional and coordinated approach to helping people – both victims and first responders. The national suicide prevention hotline 988 is an excellent example of a nationwide omnipresent resource.

Longer term support

The problem with our current disaster response is that while the efforts that immediately follow are robust and “in your face”, over time those efforts naturally fade. In the long term, as people struggle to understand what happened and attention to the disaster in which they were involved diminishes, this is when acute issues can arise and the need therapy may be more important.

The classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder — negative thoughts and moods, easy fear, disturbing dreams, and relationship problems — often don’t go away quickly or on their own.

Yet there are never enough clinical resources available. In the USA, 77% of counties suffer from a serious shortage of mental health professionals, and this shortage could worsen in the coming years. Fortunately, the pandemic has brought increased attention and normalization to the importance of recognizing and addressing mental health issues.

In the years and decades to come, as climate change continues to cause disasters such as floods, hurricanes, droughts and wildfires, the need for long-term crisis response for people affected will only get worse. More national attention and focus is needed to make resources available to victims and first responders involved in disasters, including to alleviate the shortage of mental health care providers.

We have largely met the need for natural disaster response on day one and week one. Now we need more awareness of the long term effects of this trauma and the resources we need to provide.

Chris Valerian, DO, MMM, is the chief medical officer Surprise Health, a leading EAP and digital health company. He is board certified in family medicine and has worked in emergency departments for many years. Valerian is also an EMT, Emergency Tactical Care Instructor, Certified Medical Diver, Black Belt, and Triathlete.

]]> Art of Being ME Exhibit Encourages Conversations About Mental Health | Central Missouri News Fri, 09 Sep 2022 09:30:00 +0000

COLUMBIA — The Art of Being ME exhibit, presented by the Burrell Foundation in collaboration with artist Randy Bacon, opened to the public on Friday.

“This exhibit provides an opportunity to show the community that mental illness is not a particular demographic. And it’s not a particular socio-economic status,” said Mathew Gass, president of Burrell Central Region.

The exhibit features the stories of more than 20 Burrell Behavioral Health clients and staff who have faced personal mental health issues. Stephens College alumnus Shelby Thompson took part in the project – sharing her story of attempted suicide and depression.

“It’s important to me, because I’ve struggled all my life with [mental illness]”, said Thompson. “And, I know how important it could be for someone my age to go through what I was going through, just to understand that there is an opportunity for help.

They hope the exhibit will reduce the stigma of mental illness by sparking community conversations that raise awareness of the issue.

“It’s really about letting everyone else know that they’re not alone with their mental illness and everyone is struggling with something,” Thompson said.

Thompson said the project gave them a new perspective on mental health.

“It really got me thinking, we all have a similar story,” Thompson said. “We are all struggling with something. You may think it’s small [or] insignificant, but it’s not because it’s part of you. And, you are you and you have to take care of yourself.

Gass said he wanted the exhibit to spark conversations about how mental health is approached.

“I want us to think about the future,” Gass said. “How do we support this community? [How do we] use stories and people like Shelby to inspire us and prepare us for conversations with friends, family or colleagues who may be going through a mental health crisis? »

The free exhibition takes place at the Stephens College Mezzanine Fashion Gallery in the Lela Raney Wood room. It is open until the end of September from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.

If you need immediate mental health support, dial 9-8-8 to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Navigating the World of Online Mental Health Awareness Wed, 07 Sep 2022 00:15:15 +0000

You browse your social media feed and navigate to the content you recommend. A specific video appears, where the creator describes a list of symptoms that leads him to conclude that he suffers from depression. What’s odd is that these symptoms sound a lot like things you experience every day. But you don’t know who that person is, if they’re right, or what you’re supposed to do now.

You skip to the next video, but the implications of what you just saw linger in your mind.

This type of social media experience is common, especially among active users. There is always some content that should be consumed with caution, such as articles on food culture or parenting. A wide variety of conflicting opinions and harmful behaviors that are conveyed as facts are detrimental to unwitting users, and the same pattern occurs with mental illnesses.

That’s not to say that the vast amount of information on social media doesn’t have its benefits. On the Internet, people are much more comfortable sharing their experiences and have often created online forums where they can develop a sense of belonging. They can find encouragement to overcome their personal struggles and finally receive validation for what they have been through all along. But where does the other shoe fall?

The problem with a lot of mental illness content is that it quickly becomes a numbers game to gain a sizable following on social media platforms. These types of accounts have grown in popularity over the past few years, and other users have quickly produced similar content.

This rat race leads directly to the promotion of unreliable and misleading information, and content where creators exaggerate their own experiences to make it look like they have a mental illness so they can receive more views. It takes away the focus and validity from those who are genuinely trying to raise awareness about mental health. Additionally, unsuspecting content viewers may figure out that they’ve had similar symptoms, sparking a wave of people mislabeling themselves with mental health issues.

This wouldn’t be such a big problem if it weren’t for the fast speed of information dissemination these days – content is delivered so quickly that there’s no time for it to get saturated among the public and for anyone to think thoughtfully about the information they consume. To solve this problem, some might suggest imposing an age limit, preventing young people from watching and consuming this type of content. However, it doesn’t seem fair to ostracize children who may be seeking reassurance online. In fact, it challenges one of the main purposes of social media – our goal is to use these platforms wisely, not to exclude the communities that benefit from them. It also becomes difficult to draw a line between those who have been professionally diagnosed and those who have self-diagnosed without invalidating anyone’s experiences and struggles.

The best solution is to become better informed before jumping to conclusions or taking action based on ill-informed advice. This way, people can really wonder if they are assuming certain traits and symptoms because they saw them online, or if those symptoms have always been part of their everyday life. Together, smart media consumption and responsible content creation prevent misinformation from reaching a popular platform and spreading potentially harmful rhetoric.

It all comes down to people needing to stop blindly consuming content online. For those too young to make that judgment, less biased content should be promoted. Information from professionals rather than random users with a platform should be seen first. The goal should not be to discourage people from posting their experiences or going on social media, but to limit the amount of this content that appears unprecedented, as well as to restrict blatantly false information.

Afghanistan war veterans need more mental health help Sat, 03 Sep 2022 06:33:35 +0000

August 30 marks the anniversary of the disastrous US withdrawal from Afghanistan. For the approximately 3 million veterans who served in the global war on terror, discussing the subject still engenders visceral anger. It is difficult for them to reconcile the events of the past year with the noble missions they have sought to fulfill.

Keeping Afghanistan free from terrorist networks and giving Afghans the ability to choose their national destiny free from the oppressive Taliban regime are achievements that vanished in a few chaotic days. Adding moral insult to injury, we have lost 13 brave servicemen and abandoned our Afghan allies, mostly interpreters, who have fought alongside us for two decades, with estimates ranging from 76,000 to 160,000 still in the country today.

All of these things undoubtedly contributed to the results of a recent Mission Roll Call campaign. surveyin which 73% of veterans said withdrawal had a negative impact on how they perceived American heritage in the War on Terror.

At present, it is impossible to quantify the effects this has had on the suicide rate of veterans. But based on my experiences intervening to help suicidal friends, it would be easy to bet on the negative, especially given the larger context. Since 2001, the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs has increased by $253 billion, with particular emphasis placed on addressing the suicide epidemic. Still, according to the VA’s own data, about 6,205 veterans die by suicide each year, and frankly, that number is probably a low estimate given data collection issues.

We can’t go back and ask them what exactly their tipping point was. But the data suggests that relationship difficulties, unemployment, substance abuse, acute financial stress, lack of peer support and mental health play an important role. What has become abundantly clear is that the limited approach taken by the VA in looking at suicide through the prism of mental health – primarily talk therapy and medication when a problem already exists – n didn’t work. Data and common sense confirm this. Without changing this approach, the problem will persist.

For those who have never served in the military, it can be difficult to comprehend the extent of this problem. Apart from our sacred obligation to support our service members and veterans, why should it matter to them?

The short answer: Because veterans have a higher predisposition to serve and lead local communities, have access to education and job training that make them great entrepreneurs or employees, and can bridge the partisan political divide. plaguing this great country because they know how to work with people they disagree with toward a common goal.

But we are losing them at an astonishing rate, and America cannot afford to continue this tragic status quo.

The anniversary of the withdrawal from Afghanistan was a reminder of the moral anguish suffered by veterans of the conflict and of our failure as a nation to ensure that veterans across the country do not succumb to the war at home. We should take this opportunity to re-examine our approach to this issue. We have an obligation to do more. To engage and fund community organizations more aggressively and leverage their ability to educate and coordinate care for the 50% of veterans who do not use VA. Get creative with preventative solutions like service dogs, mentoring programs, and other holistic approaches.

Veterans need communities that care about their unique struggles and are motivated to catch them before they reach a crisis point, helping them find purpose and empowering them to use the skills and benefits of their military service. The status quo has failed, and communities across the country cannot afford to maintain it.

Cole Lyle is the executive director of Mission Roll Call, a former political adviser to the US Senate and US Department of Veterans Affairs, and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News.

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First Responder Mental Health Support Tue, 30 Aug 2022 23:33:00 +0000

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) – Fatal car crashes, like the one that happened last weekend, are traumatic for all family, friends and even first responders. Here in Lawton, first responders can find help managing their mental health from an Oklahoma-based nonprofit.

Often, first responders run out of adrenaline when they arrive at a traumatic scene. They focus on memorizing their workout to possibly save a life. First responders don’t know what they will see when they arrive on the scene or what will stay with them.

“We try not to take our work home, but it doesn’t always work out that way. It’s really hard to let go of a situation like that, especially when you’re working in a situation like that. So that’s the goal of this team, is that we want to teach people. You don’t have to take it with you, you can go home and you can deal with this and you can have people who are there to help you through this and healthy coping mechanisms,” the director said. paramedic and assistant manager of Kirk’s Ambulance Sandra Sand. .

Eddie Rice is a paramedic and founder of the mental health portion of Heartland Medical Direction. He said the trauma that comes with being a first responder drove one of his close friends to take his own life.

“And I managed to get out of my situation and unfortunately he took his own life. So it just lit a fire under me to give people the opportunity to have peers even if they think it’s is all alone, there will always be someone there for them,” Rice said.

Dena Williams is a Certified Counselor for Heartland Medical Direction. She said first responders are more likely to commit suicide than die in the line of duty, due to the trauma they are constantly exposed to. She said flashbacks and nightmares are some of the symptoms they treat, but there are other ways to tell if you’re dealing with trauma.

“I think incisive thoughts are essential. If you can’t concentrate or keep having these incisive thoughts about the incident. Lack of sleep is a big indicator, along with isolation, avoidance, substance abuse, and all kinds of addictive behaviors,” Williams said.

Law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, and dispatchers can all request help through the Heartland Medical Directions peer support team.

Dial 405-876-7090 (Option 4).

Veterans can call the Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 (option 1) or text 838255.

Anyone can call, text or chat with 988.

UK partners with Talkspace to expand mental health efforts Mon, 29 Aug 2022 08:00:01 +0000

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (August 29, 2022) — As a new semester begins at the University of Kentucky and we welcome our largest freshman class, Student Success works to increase student access to mental health services.

In a unique new partnership, the university joins forces with Discussion area, a confidential and secure online text and video chat therapy platform that provides access to mental health clinicians. With a network of thousands of credentialed clinicians, Talkspace is used by over a million people, connecting them with a credentialed therapist who best meets their needs.

“Over the past few years there has been growing concern about how we support the mental health of all of our students, and part of that is thinking about how we can create a range of service opportunities, with the idea that all students are comfortable accessing services in the same way,” said Corrine Williams, Acting Associate Vice President for Student Wellness. “TalkSpace, in particular, creates incredible access opportunities because of their range of services.”

How Talkspace works:

  • Answer a few simple questions to get started – it takes less than two minutes.
  • The Talkspace team will connect you with a vendor (usually within 48 hours).
  • Connect with your provider and start your mental health journey, including unlimited messaging and two phone or video sessions each month.

One in three freshmen worldwide experience a mental health issue, yet many students feel ill-equipped with the resources to manage them.

In the past year alone, three out of five American college students have experienced overwhelming anxiety. Yet only 10-15% of students, on average, have sought help from their counseling center. Barriers such as clinician availability, time commitment, and fear of asking for help prevent students from accessing behavioral health care during an important developmental phase of life.

Williams is very invested in dealing with this national mental health crisis. She sees Talkspace as a way to supplement the large number of resources that already exist in the UK and likens it to the analogy of Swiss cheese. Every resource has holes, Williams explained. To create something that nothing can fall through, she believes we need to layer resources so that every student has access to mental health support in a way that works for them.

With a deep commitment to ensuring that all students thrive, by expanding its range of services, the UK believes it is taking a step in the right direction.

“The UK is really trying to cultivate a help-seeking culture,” Williams said. “We all need help at different times, and I hope to normalize access to mental health services. TalkSpace offers both Live Sessions, which involve direct communication with a therapist, in addition to Inter-Session Communication which provides our students with many ways to engage and seek help.

All currently enrolled UK students have access to Talkspace, free of charge. To access the service and learn more about the resource, visit:

For additional mental health services in the UK, students can use TRACS (Triage, Orientation, Assistance and Support in case of crisis)a physical and virtual one-stop shop where students can come for quick referrals to support services or receive direct clinical support for a range of mental health needs and crises.

Services are offered in person and virtually, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on TRACS, visit

Mental Health: How to Cope with Stress and Improve Mood Sat, 27 Aug 2022 03:00:00 +0000

If you happen to be house hunting – or exploring a new apartment – a study in the newspaper Building and Environment says you’d do very well to pay attention to window size and placement.

It’s a mental well-being issue, and it’s no small feat, as people continue to pull through both the COVID-19 pandemic and an epidemic of depression and anxiety that spans generations and has accelerated in recent years.

The problem with windows is light – or more specifically, morning light – as Utah therapist Jenny Howe points out, though it had nothing to do with the University of Sheffield in England.

“Our research reveals that natural light in our homes has a significant impact on our emotional well-being,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Pablo Navarrete-Hernandez, in a written statement. “As we live, work and spend more time at home than ever before, city planners and developers should consider improving natural lighting conditions in the home through factors such as location and window size.

That light matters comes as no surprise to mental health experts. And most adults have probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder, often aptly abbreviated as SAD for its impact on mood. The Mayo Clinic says it’s a type of depression that begins and ends around the same time each year and is related at least peripherally to the amount of natural sunlight, which can have a impact on serotonin and melatonin levels, disrupting mood and sleep.

The study’s abstract notes that “Poor natural light at home could affect your mood.”

Of course, not all of us are house hunting and many of us cannot change our windows other than to open or close the curtains. And it’s just as clear from experts like the American Psychiatric Association that mood disorders and challenges like depression vary widely in condition and severity and often require therapy and medication for effective treatment.

Either way, individuals can do a lot to improve their mental well-being. And much of it is incredibly simple.

The Deseret News asked Howe of Jenny Howe Consulting; psychologist Sam Goldstein, who is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah; and Laurie Singer, a marriage and family therapist in Camarillo, Calif., about what people can do to improve their own mental health.

Here, in no particular order, are 10 more tips that make a difference and don’t require a down payment or rent deposit:

  • Help at least one living being one day is Goldstein’s best advice.
  • Always have something fun in your schedule. Singer says it’s important to have something planned that can be looked forward to – and while a vacation or a big event is great, it can be something as small as meeting a friend or going to the movies or take a hike.
  • Exercise every day. This is the advice of Goldstein and Singer. Goldstein says to get at least 10 minutes of aerobic exercise a day, while Singer points out that people “forget how beneficial a brisk walk is in the morning. It can set the tone for the day.
  • Do at least one thing you love every day, says Goldstein.
  • Never go to bed angry is another Goldstein imperative.
  • Write a positive sentence in the morning, said the singer. Then copy it 10 times. It can be simple: “I’m going to take one step at a time today, don’t rush through the day, and stay in the moment.”
  • Give yourself time in the morning to prepare for the day and time in the evening to decompress, suggests Goldstein.
  • Try “thought versus reality”, says Singer, who notes that she uses the strategy when clients regress and start having negative thoughts. She tells them to look at what happened: I couldn’t walk before work. Then they reflect on their thoughts, which are actually opinions: I should have managed my time better; now my day is ruined. Then it’s the turn of reality: I can walk during my lunch break or after work. This process puts things into perspective, she said.
  • try something new, because novelty is a great boost to well-being, says Howe. Even tasting a new flavor of ice cream is great for boosting the mood.
  • finish somethingsays Howe, who notes that dopamine is a feel-good and motivating chemical that’s released when performing a task, even if it’s as simple as folding laundry.
Talkspace provides parents with back-to-school mental health and wellbeing advice in ‘Mental Health Progress Report’ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 12:00:00 +0000

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the American Academy of Pediatrics declares child and adolescent health a “national emergency”, one of the leading online behavioral health companies Discussion area (NASDAQ: TALK) is offering parents and caregivers a free audio webinar, developed by clinicians with insights into delivering mental health services to 13 school systems nationally.

Available on demand hereTalkspace’s “Mental Health Progress Report” includes mental health and wellbeing resources to ease anxiety, fear and worry as students and families prepare to navigate the new school year, and practical ways for parents to manage the transition back to school, including self-care tips and tricks to support children’s emotional well-being.

Less than half of the 7.7 million children in the United States with an identifiable mental health disorder receive help from a mental health professional. This can add to the mental load and concerns of parents. Talkspace therapists have provided the following five (5) tips for parents to help them manage stress and anxiety at the start of the school year:

  1. Take care of yourself by using the STOP method. Sfinish what you are doing and take a break. Jbreathe deeply. Oobserve what is happening to you. Pkeep doing something positive or nice for yourself.

  2. Grieve losses; do you really allow feel the sadness that comes as your child/children grow.

  3. Anticipate the transition time. The transition to school can take anywhere from two weeks to a few months. Think ahead about potential obstacles – how does your child typically deal with transitions? What might be difficult for your family?

  4. Plan the connection. Find a time in your week to connect as a family and check how your child feels about school.

  5. Meet your child(ren) where they are. Think about how you can partner with your child this year to focus on success and try to set realistic expectations.

“We know that back to school is an extremely stressful time for students and parents, especially in light of recent headlines regarding school safety and still in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Liz Colizza, Director of Research and Programs at Talkspace and Parent Educator. “Particularly in the past two years, parents have been able to oversee almost every aspect of their children’s lives, including education throughout the remote learning process. At Talkspace, we want to help parents manage any anxiety associated with returning to school and provide them with practical guidance on how to support children during this time of transition and feel empowered to proactively reach out to their school community to share their concerns.

Talkspace has demonstrated a strong commitment to addressing the effects of the pandemic for those working in education, particularly at the K-12 level. A recent national survey showed that more than half (55%) of teachers were considering leaving the profession sooner than expected due to pandemic-related stressors and fatigue, with 90% saying burnout was a major problem. To support school communities during this time of heightened stress, Talkspace offers teachers and staff their full range of evidence-based mental health services – from therapy and psychiatric services to self-guided lessons. Talkspace has partnered with schools and school districts nationwide to offer a combination of these services, including Indianapolis Public Schools, Mastery Charter Schools in Pennsylvania, Los Gatos-Saratoga Union School District in California, and Federal Way public schools in Washington.

About Talkspace

Talkspace is a leading virtual behavioral healthcare company with a purpose-built technology platform. As a digital healthcare company, all care is delivered through an easy-to-use, fully encrypted web and mobile platform in compliance with HIPAA and other state regulatory requirements.

Today, the need for care seems more urgent than ever. When looking for treatment, whether it’s psychiatry or adolescent, individual or couples therapy, Talkspace has treatment options for almost every need. With Talkspace, members can send text, video, and voice messages to their dedicated therapists anytime, from anywhere, and participate in live video sessions.

For more information on Talkspace’s business relationships, visit Learn more about online therapy, please visit To learn more about Talkspace Psychiatry, please visit

]]> BetterHelp launches scholarship for students studying mental health Tue, 23 Aug 2022 19:28:23 +0000

10 students will receive $10,000 to use for the next school year

About 122 million Americans, more than a third of the population, living in an area where there is a shortage of mental health professionals. In fact, to fill these gaps, the United States needs more than 6,000 more mental health care providers, so we need to encourage more people to enter these careers.

BetterHelpa provider of direct-to-consumer access to behavioral and mental health services, is doing its part to help close this gap by launch a new scholarship for college students in the field of mental health.

Called the Future of Mental Health Scholarshipthe company will award 10 college students $10,000 scholarships to be used for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.

“BetterHelp, the world’s largest therapy platform, is excited to expand the future of mental health. Our mission is to make mental health care more accessible, and that includes investing in the future of This fellowship calls on all emerging leaders in the mental health space to share their stories, their passion for mental health, and how they hope to improve it,” the company wrote.

To be considered, the student must be enrolled at a university for the 2022-2023 school year, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be majoring in psychology or a mental health-related field.

Registration is open until September 1, 2022 and winners will be announced in early October.

“Young people have done tremendous work to reduce the stigma of mental health care and advocate for better resources,” said Alon Matas, president and founder of BetterHelp, in a statement.

“We are thrilled to launch this first scholarship and support future leaders who will undoubtedly make a huge impact in the field of mental health over the course of their careers.”

Founded in 2013, BetterHelp enables patients to access care in a variety of ways, including text, video or phone.

When a consumer decides to use BetterHelp, they first receive a questionnaire of approximately 30 questions, which will help break them down by demographics, such as age and marital status. They are also asked about their specific needs, for example if they are struggling with depression or if they suffer from stress or anxiety. They can also tell if they have more specific issues, such as eating disorders or LGBT-related issues. The third part of the integration process is their preference for their therapist; for example, they may say they want someone older and female, or they want a gay counselor, or they want someone of color.

Once BetterHelp obtains this information from the patient, it will match that person with a therapist based on their preferences, as well as previous success rates; if the patient is not satisfied, he is free to change as many times as he wishes until he finds someone who works for him.

The patient can get in touch with his counselor in different ways: by exchanging messages, by live chat, by talking on the phone or by videoconference. BetterHelp’s big breakthrough, Matas told me, was realizing how many people would want to communicate via text, even though some doubted counseling could work that way.

In January 2015, BetterHelp was acquired by telehealth service Teladoc, and by 2018 the company had over $60 million in annual revenue. There were over 25,000 therapists facilitating over 5,000,000 video sessions, voice calls, chats and messages each month.