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March 23, 2023

How to Talk About Suicide on Social Media

  • Patients and Families, Public awareness, Suicide and self-harm

Social media has tremendous reach and influence. When people post on social media about suicide, that influence can be helpful or hurtful. Conversations about suicide on social media can promote misperceptions and stigma and potentially influence others to attempt suicide

March 01, 2023

Pets and Mental Health: Social Media Toolkit

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

In March, The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is focusing on promoting celebrating the mental health impact of our cats, dogs and other furry (and not furry) friends with #Paws4MentalHealth. During the month we are encouraging everyone to take a break, get up, stretch, and share a pic of their pet and how they positively impact their mental health

February 15, 2023

Taking on the Public Health Threat of Loneliness and Social Isolation

  • Healthy living for mental well-being, Public awareness

Loneliness is a significant and growing problem with substantial physical health and mental health impacts. Research has found that loneliness and social isolation may be as bad for your health as obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day and significantly impacts mental health. (1) The restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic increased the problem and increased public awareness of the issue.

February 03, 2023

7 Tips for Using Social Media for Mental Well-being

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

Social wellness, a measure of connectedness with family, friends and community, is key in influencing happiness and positive mental health.(1,2) Research has shown social connection to be a protective factor against a host of mental health disorders, from depression to anxiety.(2) The quality and quantity of our social relationships can also impact our physical health.(3)

February 01, 2023

Black History Month: Resistance, Accountability, and Progress

  • By Rahn Bailey, M.D., DFAPA
  • Diverse populations, Patients and Families, Public awareness

As we begin Black History Month, we are both encouraged to celebrate and challenged to understand the essential role that Black Americans play in U.S. History. While this time is devoted to recognizing the experiences and successes of Black Americans, it is also a chance for government to take accountability for the role that it has played in the historical disenfranchisement of Black Americans. These commemorative practices play a role in the collective healing of marginalized communities. Further, such should emphasize that real progress toward racial healing has been slow, and equity is not shared by all Americans.

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