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May 09, 2024

For Gen Z, A Sense of Purpose and Family Connection Contribute to Happiness

  • Children and Youth, Healthy living for mental well-being, Patients and Families

Much attention over the past few years has been paid to the challenges, struggles and anxieties of Generation Z (12- to 26-year-olds), but a few recent surveys and studies have focused more on what contributes to Gen Z happiness and life satisfaction.

May 09, 2024

Older Americans Month: Highlighting Challenges and Opportunities

  • Older adults, Patients and Families

An estimated one in eight older adults had a mental illness and one in 11 had a substance use disorder in the past year according to a new report on mental health and substance use concerns among older adults (adults aged 60 or older).

April 17, 2024

Alcohol Use Disorder: Social Media, Technology, and Treatment

  • Patients and Families, Technology, Treatment

While most can enjoy alcohol occasionally without problems, alcohol use disorder is common and often untreated. An estimated 11% of all adults and 15% of young adults (aged 18-25) had alcohol use disorder in the past year. Several recent studies highlight some challenges related to alcohol content on social media along with some promising approaches to treatment.

April 09, 2024

Connecting Children with Nature to Improve Mental Well-Being

  • Children and Youth, Healthy living for mental well-being, Patients and Families

Children and teens face a variety of stressors and concern about youth mental health has increased in recent years. These issues were highlighted in the Surgeon General’s advisories on Protecting Youth Mental Health, Social Media and Youth Mental Health and Loneliness and Isolation. One approach gaining more attention is tapping into the health benefits of spending time outdoors in nature.

March 27, 2024

How Pets Can Protect Cognitive Health in Older Adults

  • Healthy living for mental well-being, Patients and Families

Pets offer a range of benefits for our physical and mental health. Several recent studies add to the list, finding that pet ownership can help slow cognitive decline and prevent dementia in older adults.

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