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LGBTQ Youth Face Mental Health Challenges: Social Support and Safe Spaces Make a Difference 

More than four in 10 LGBTQ youth seriously considered suicide in the past year, according to The Trevor Project’s third annual survey out last May. Meanwhile, nearly half (46%) of LGBTQ youth reported wanting psychological or emotional counseling from a mental health professional but were unable to receive it in.

Most Teens Who Use E-Cigarettes Have Tried to Quit

More than half of middle and high schoolers who use e-cigarettes said that they intend to quit and about two-thirds had tried to quit during the past year, according to a recent study in Pediatrics.

Supporting International Medical Graduates is Crucial for Mental Health Care in America

The rise of the Delta variant and continuing effects of the original wave of the COVID-19 pandemic means that demand for all health care services remain high, while hospital systems and health care workers are stretched thin. This is especially true for services for mental health and substance use disorders, where equitable access to care has been a persistent issue for decades.

Returning to School as the Pandemic Draws on: Addressing Concerns, Fears and Worries

Many children and parents are eagerly anticipating returning to school in the fall. However, across the country, communities and families are challenged by the prospect of sending children back to school amidst the ongoing pandemic uncertainties. These unprecedented times have impacted us all. You and members of your community may be wondering: what should I consider when choosing to return to the classroom? How do we keep students and teachers safe? How are students coping mentally and emotionally? How can we tell when a child or teen might need help and support from a professional?  How can we make sure children can access the help they need?

Participating in Social Groups to Help Manage Depression

Participation in social groups may be an effective way to manage mild to moderate depression, according to a new study from researchers at The University of Queensland, Australia. It can be especially for useful for people seeking to stop using antidepressants, they note.