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Category : Addiction

Mental Health Support on Campus: Student-Run Groups Stepping Up

Student-run mental health groups are having a positive impact on college campuses, including reducing stigma and creating a better climate related to mental health care. That’s the conclusion of a new study looking at the peer-run Active Minds program on 12 college campuses in California

Quitting Smoking: Tips from a Psychiatrist

Tobacco kills some 480,000 people each year in the U.S., more people than alcohol and all other drugs combined. Almost 10 percent of the deaths are related to secondhand smoke. Smita Das, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., answers common questions about quitting.

"13 Reasons Why" Season 2: Opportunity for an Important Conversation about Mental Health and Suicide

Last year the debut of the critically acclaimed Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, was received with a lot of attention along with concern from mental health professionals. Strong topics of sexual assault, PTSD, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and school bullying drive the storyline in the Netflix series. Season two premieres Friday, May 18 and it deals with the aftermath of the first season.

Binge Drinking: Not Just a Problem on Campus

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and one area of public health concern is binge drinking. College parties may come to mind when we think of binge drinking, but a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the significant problem of binge drinking among adults. And estimated 17 percent of U.S. adults (more than 37 million) reported binge drinking, which is drinking four or more drinks for women, five or more for men, on one occasion. While binge drinking was more common among younger adults (18 – 34), more than three-quarters of all binge drinks are consumed by adults over 25 years. Binge drinking accounts for more than half of the 88,000 U.S. deaths from excessive drinking ear year.

Gambling Problems: A Risk in Retirement?

While many people enjoy gambling for entertainment, for others gambling becomes extreme and out of control, causing distress and problems in their life. While gambling disorder affects a relatively small number of people, 2 percent of the adult population, it can have devastating social, emotional and financial impacts. Older adults may be particularly vulnerable to problems with gambling.