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Yin and yang: Your introvert’s and extrovert’s happy return to school

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taught you a lot about resilience as you work from home, while also managing your children, and possibly even educating them.

Consequently, you’ve learned a lot about yourself and your family. However, there may be one revelation that took you by surprise.

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National Gratitude Month 2021: Why focusing on the positive helps improve physical and mental well-being

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Gratitude’s amazing powers can shift us from focusing on the negative to appreciating what is positive in our lives. Taking the time to remember all the things to be thankful for—especially during the pandemic—that simple act of gratitude, of appreciating the good in our lives, and those around us, can help improve physical, emotional, and mental health. And with November being #NationalGratitudeMonth, it is a nice reminder that the simple act of taking the time to be thankful can help improve our lives. The quality of being thankful improves physical and mental well-being. “Gratitude erases negativity. Every time you think “this isn’t my day,” stop for a second,  and start going over in your mind everything you have to be grateful…

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A time to reflect on suicide prevention

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Trigger Warning: The below blog post is focused on suicide prevention, suicide, and mental healthcare We know from our State of the Nation’s Mental Health Report that in spite of Americans’ increased emotional distress resulting from the pandemic, there is a disconnect between this escalated distress and a flat rate of diagnosis in 2020. Suicide can be the result of an untreated mental health condition. One in four young adults globally are estimated to be experiencing depression in 2020 and 2021, according to a global study published in JAMA. We believe mental health is health. Physical and mental health are linked and must be addressed equally and in tandem for overall, whole-person health. It is critical that anyone thinking about…

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Boost productivity: Support the mental health of employees working remotely

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our mental health is becoming well-known.

In a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, approximately 40 percent of American adults reported symptoms of anxiety and depression due to pandemic-related stressors. Social isolation, job loss, added parenting stress and general upheaval can all explain the added pressure.

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Support your child’s behavioral health through the pandemic and beyond

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Adjusting to the “new normal” during this past year’s pandemic may leave us wondering what exactly is considered unhealthy.

Regarding child and adolescent mental health, the line between typical developmental behaviors and those that require professional help can be difficult to discern even in the best of times—which means monitoring for unhealthy behaviors is that much more important during the ongoing public health crisis.

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Suicide and COVID-19: The time for suicide prevention is now

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Highlighting an interview with the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), Beacon Health Options posted a blog in September about the potential impact of COVID-19 on suicide rates in the United States.

The blog pointed out that suicide data from 2018 — the most recent we have on suicide trends — can tell us little about anything today, such as a reaction to the pandemic, making it difficult to inform prevention efforts.

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The unspoken crisis: Rising suicide rates among Black youth

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It is already an alarming statistic that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans, and it’s only getting worse.

From 1999 to 2018, the suicide rate has increased by 35 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Yes you can: How to manage the very difficult

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For those people who are both working and parenting from home, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned into the perfect storm.

Even during “normal” times, simultaneously being a spouse, parent and employee can feel difficult, and many may feel that they aren’t fulfilling those roles 100 percent.

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Health equity: When equality is not good enough

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When discussing public health, we often hear the terms “health equity”, “health equality” and “health inequality”, but what do they really mean?

What are the subtle variances in meaning, and why is it important to understand these differences?

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Let’s talk about how we feel

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For decades, mental health has been a taboo topic.

We can talk about a family member’s cancer, for example, but not about the depression that keeps a loved one from going to work or the anxiety that makes it difficult for that person to leave the house.

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