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Category : Patients and Families

Americans Embrace the Shift to Telehealth

About one in three U.S. adults (31%) have used telehealth services, according to a new poll* from the American Psychiatric Association. Almost three-quarters (72%) of those who have used telehealth services have done so for the first time in the past six months.

Poll:  American Workers are Increasingly Comfortable Talking about Mental Health in the Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic and required isolation and economic consequences have negatively impacted the mental health of many Americans. The pandemic has also changed the way we work, with many people at home or adopting physical distancing requirements and masks. In addition, many Americans are also juggling work and helping their children who are distance learning.

The Psychological Hurdle of Sports Retirement

For that athlete who viewed the 2020 Olympics as the pinnacle of their career, or for that senior in college who was excited to share their last championship with their teammates, the pandemic has brought about an anti-climactic and disappointing end to their season and a forced break from training, and, for some, forced premature retirement. Sports retirement is often a major life transition for an athlete and can therefore be a major psychological challenge.

Youth Mental Health: Prevention, Support and Intervention

Adolescence can be a vulnerable time for mental health concerns. About half of all mental health conditions start by age 14 years and often go undetected and untreated, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences have had an impact on the mental health of people of all ages, including teens, with continued distance learning, isolation and limited sports and activities. However, proactive preventive interventions can make a difference. A new report from the WHO focuses on “multiple opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention in adolescence, which could benefit young lives in the short and long term.”

Bias and Stigma in Health Care Systems

Stigma and bias toward mental illness can be major barrier to people accessing needed care. When that stigma and bias exists within the health care system, it can have an especially harmful impact. The Mental Health Commission of Canada has undertaken a multi-year effort to better understand equity and the systemic implicit bias against mental health and substance use, how it impacts health outcomes and quality of life, and what can be done to reshape and improve care for people with mental illness.