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Researchers Explore New Technologies to Help People with Autism

 Researchers are exploring new ways to use technology to help children and adults with autism. For example, the University of California’s MIND Institute has a targeted program, Autism, Community and Technology, that is working to help make autism services and treatments more accessible and affordable for families in need through technology.

Lifestyle Psychiatry

We are often reminded that exercise, good nutrition and enough sleep are good for your physical and mental health.  Those are among the lifestyle aspects that are part of an approach to psychiatry called lifestyle psychiatry. Lifestyle psychiatry focuses on addressing psychiatric disorders through an integrated, holistic approach to health, which  includes recommendations for exercise, diet, sleep and mindfulness practice for helping people manage their psychiatric disorders.

Sports Organizations Take on Mental Health

Several professional and elite sports organizations have recently taken action to support their athletes’ mental health and well-being. In May, the NFL and the NFLPA announced a new initiative that will require teams to have a mental health professional on staff. The NBA announced the launch of a new Mental Health and Wellness Program in 2018, beginning with the hiring of a director of mental health and wellness.

Challenges Faced by Transitional-Age Youth with Mental Health Concerns

The transition from adolescence to young adulthood is an exciting time for young people, marked by new relationships, as well as educational and vocational opportunities. While exciting and new, this transition time also brings challenges and stress, as young people learn to navigate their new responsibilities with increased independence.

When Your Child Becomes a Transitional-Aged Youth:  Advice for Families

For parents for teens and young adults with chronic mental illness, the period of transitioning into adulthood can be particularly emotional. Caregivers may experience fears and frustrations in trying to keep their loved one stable and safe, yet understand that they must slowly relinquish control as their loved one transitions into adulthood.