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July 23, 2024

The Impact of Trauma – Even from a Distance

  • Diverse populations

Many Americans have been repeatedly exposed to images and videos of disturbing violent scenes in the news and on social media. It is widely known that direct exposure to traumatic events can lead to mental health impacts such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet even without direct exposure, indirect and repeated exposure to videos of violent racist attacks can also have harmful effects on mental health.

July 16, 2024

Marking Two Years of 988: The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

  • Patients and Families, Public awareness

Two years ago, on July 16, 2022, a new, easy-to-remember, three-digit number (9-8-8) to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline became available across the United States. The three-digit number provides easy access to crisis services for people with mental health and substance use issues and helps reduce the stigma surrounding these conditions. The 9-8-8 number is considered the 9-1-1 of mental health and substance use issues. The goal of 9-8-8 is to have 24/7 crisis call centers (someone to talk to), mobile crisis teams (someone to respond to crises), and crisis stabilization programs (somewhere to go).

June 26, 2024

Mental Health Equity Champion Spotlight: Lisa Fortuna

  • APA Leadership, Diverse populations, Teens and young adults

This quarter’s Mental Health Equity Champion is Lisa Fortuna, M.D., M.P.H., M.Div., professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine.

June 25, 2024

An App for Therapy? Exploring Digital Therapeutics

  • Patients and Families, Technology, Treatment

In May 2024, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first app for the treatment of depression, Rejoyn. This new smartphone app is intended to help treat people who don’t fully respond to antidepressants and it is expected to be available for patients starting this summer. This is the latest in a series of FDA approvals of digital therapeutics for mental health conditions

June 20, 2024

Climate Cafés: A Resource to Help with Climate Distress

  • Anxiety, Patients and Families, Public awareness

The multiple impacts of climate change are increasingly part of everyday discourse. These impacts weigh on the minds of many, and elicit several emotions, such as distress, worry, anxiety, sadness, and others as described in the Climate Mental Health Network’s Climate Emotions Wheel. In 2023, 64% of adults in the United States reported being worried about climate change, according to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication’s Climate Opinions Map. Meanwhile, other research suggests that a majority of youth are very or extremely worried about climate change.

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