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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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Nurture hope to overcome challenging times

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Political conflict and change are normal features of life; however, recent events have elevated that concept to new heights in modern American history.

During these times of increased tension and polarization, conflict and change have caused many people to feel anxious and worried.

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Caregiving: Help employees to succeed in their dual roles

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As we herald in a new year with a COVID-19 vaccine, our hope is a return to a life we once knew of being the social animals we’re meant to be.

For healthcare, 2021 poses the hope to refocus on issues that will continue to remain of utmost importance to the health and wellbeing of Americans in a post-pandemic world.

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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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True justice: Mental health intervention vs. incarceration

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Many factors are driving the awareness of mental health in the United States, ranging from the launch of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 to the mental health implications of the current COVID-19 public health crisis.

However, we still have a ways to go before mental health is treated equally with physical health.

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Right the ship: Finding balance during the election

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There’s a lot going on in the world right now that can upset the most balanced of equilibriums.

COVID-19 has caused widespread illness and economic hardship, as our country also goes through ongoing social change and national introspection.

And, then, of course, there’s the election.

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