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Inaugural report: Disconnect between increased stress and diagnoses rates

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People in America have shared that the pandemic has negatively affected their mental health.

However, in spite of the many additional stressors that they felt in 2020, including social unrest, a tumultuous election and a declining economy, there wasn’t a corresponding increase in people seeking mental health treatment, according to the inaugural State of the Nation’s Mental Health report.

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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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Supporting employee efforts to become healthier post-pandemic

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The year 2020 will be one to go down in the history books.

People worldwide have experienced upheaval to a degree not seen in decades. As we begin to return to a more normal pattern of life, the long-term effects of this experience are becoming known.

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An imperfect perfect storm: The effects of deferred behavioral health care

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We’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel as Americans start to get the COVID-19 vaccine. With it comes the hope that we can return to a life we once knew – a life of engaging with people – at work, at play and beyond.

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A COVID-19 vaccine: It’s about more than physical health

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The physical threat of COVID-19 is clear, which is why many Americans have spent the better part of a year quarantining and social distancing.

With time, it has also become evident that the pandemic is having another serious health effect: mental health challenges.

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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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Managing loneliness during the holidays and beyond

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The holidays are upon us, and the irony they bring is the potential for isolation and loneliness.

Holidays’ essential identity is getting together with loved ones, but some people do not feel as connected as they would like or expect. In 2020, add COVID-19 and its quarantining dictates, and the potential for such feelings can strengthen.

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Taking a second look at suicide during COVID-19: An interview with the AAS

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Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that one in four Americans aged 18 to 24 had thoughts of suicide in the prior 30 days has mental health stakeholders reeling: How could the numbers be that high, even during a pandemic?

That question led Beacon Health Options to interview additional experts on suicide prevention.

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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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