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March 25, 2020

But with so much still unknown about the physical and economic toll COVID-19 will have globally, psychiatrists can expect the community’s anxieties to translate to a significant mental health burden in the coming weeks, said Jessica Gold, MD, MS, of the department of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis.

“It’s impossible for me to believe the burden on the mental health system is not going to increase [exponentially],” Gold told MedPage Today.

In a poll conducted March 13-16, about Read More

    March 20, 2020 Mental Health First Aid Blog post:

    If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.

    You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.

    This is a stressful time for many. With the government Read More

    “When people started reporting tension and anxiety that stemmed from feeling bombarded by alarming news headlines, some therapists came to describe this as its own phenomenon.

    For example, therapist Steven Stosny, Ph.D., refers to it as “headline stress disorder” in an opinion piece for The Washington Post. He describes his personal experience with clients in whom the grueling news cycle triggered intense feelings of worry and helplessness, and he reports that this particularly affected female clients.

    Stosny’s observations may be spot-on. According Read More

    Mental health leaders commended Newsom’s budget and ideas, but raised questions about missing or underfunded initiatives. And lawmakers are also introducing bills addressing these topics.

    Here’s an overview of some of the big mental health initiatives on the table this year.

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