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A Community Counteracting Tobacco (ACCT) Coalition

July 18, 2019

Key Points Question  Is electronic cigarette use associated with smoking reduction in the general population? Findings  This cohort study found that, among daily smokers in France, regular (daily) electronic cigarette use is associated with a significantly higher decrease in the number of cigarettes smoked per day as well as an increase in smoking cessation attempts. However, among more »

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Too Much Social Media a Depression Risk for Teens

July 17, 2019

Canadian research findings were published July 15 in JAMA Pediatrics.  “The more that teens used social media and watched television, the greater their risk of depression, the study found. “Our research reveals that increased time spent using some forms of digital media in a given year predicts depressive symptoms within that same year,” said senior more »

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Stigma Regarding Mental Illness among People of Color

July 12, 2019

Victor Armstrong, MSW, Vice President of Behavioral Health for Atrium Health, writes, “It is arrogant to believe that we can decide to focus on communities that have gone underserved and be embraced and trusted, without earning that trust. We must start by listening and seeking to understand not only communities of color but all underserved or more »

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Calif.’s Mental Health Campaign Seems to Have Worked

July 11, 2019

A social marketing campaign, Each Mind Matters, in California seems to have steered more individuals with probable mental illness towards treatment, a cross-sectional telephone survey indicated. Those exposed to the campaign were also more likely to have positive beliefs about the possibility of recovery from mental illness than those who were unexposed; however, the other more »

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Why Storytelling Is at the Heart of Shifting Attitudes About Mental Health

Luna Greenstein, marketing and communications manager at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) agrees. “I think literature has shifted to include more themes of mental illness in recent years. And the spike in authors sharing their stories through memoirs and novels contributes to the greater effort to break down stigma,” she says. “Personally, I more »

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What are the differences between Prozac and Zoloft?

July 10, 2019

Prozac and Zoloft are part of the same family of antidepressants, and both raise the levels of serotonin in the brain. Both drugs have FDA approval for the treatment of MDD, and they also have other approved and nonapproved uses. The safe warnings relating to taking Prozac or Zoloft are similar, as are many of more »

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Teens who pinpoint emotions better at avoiding depression

July 9, 2019

“Adolescents who use more granular terms such as ‘I feel annoyed,’ or ‘I feel frustrated,’ or ‘I feel ashamed’ — instead of simply saying ‘I feel bad’– are better protected against developing increased depressive symptoms after experiencing a stressful life event,” Lisa Starr, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Rochester and study more »

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Mental Health America Launches Depth of My Identity

July 7, 2019

As part of Minority Mental Health Awareness month, Mental Health America (MHA) is focused on expanding the term “minority” to include individuals from a wide-range of marginalized and underserved communities, including those who may identify as part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum, refugee and immigrant groups, religious groups, and others who are often overlooked. By making this more »

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