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All by Myself: The Health Effects of Loneliness

Loneliness has evolved from a favorite topic of angsty teens to a serious public health crisis. Long thought of as a temporary state of mind, loneliness--broadly defined as “the distress people feel when reality fails to meet their ideal of social relationships”--now outstrips obesity as a predictor of early death.

Topics: Healthify social determinants of health community resources mental health community-based organizations coordinated care coordination

Under-Addressed and Overlooked: The Mental Health Issue

When you think of the costliest chronic health conditions, diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease come to mind. However, topping the list is a disease that unfortunately has long had a stigma associated with it—mental disorders.

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health mental health

A Holiday Gift: Less Stress

While many eagerly anticipate the winter holidays, others dread the season as it brings more stress than joy.

Topics: social determinants of health mental health

Is Social Media Contributing to the Rise of Teen Suicides?

Middle schoolers are now just as likely to die from suicide as from traffic accidents, according to newly published data from the Centers for Disease Control.

Topics: social determinants of health childhood development mental health

Today: Vote Your Way to Happiness

Stressed out by this year’s election? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Therapy appointments actually increase during election years. And given the media circus surrounding the 2016 race, our nation’s mental health professionals have their work cut out for them.

Topics: mental health public policy election 2016

The Presidential Policy Series: Mental Health

This election cycle has been anything but typical. However, this election cycle unfortunately follows the norm of past elections that discussing mental health issues in the United States is not a central election issue. With approximately 60% percent of adults and nearly 50% of youth not receiving mental health services in the past year, our country is not supporting a critical component of patient health  (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Topics: mental health public policy election 2016

Trouble Sleeping? Racing Thoughts? These May be Signs of Mental Illness

Assessing Symptoms of Mental Health 

Mental Health America, a nationwide, community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans, has developed helpful screening tools to assist you, your family, your friends, and your clients in quickly determining your current mental health status.

Topics: healthcare delivery mental health