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While the world struggles to manage the initial waves of death and disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is mounting evidence accumulating that "a second wave" linked to rising rates of mental health and substance use disorders could be building, according to an article published Monday in the medical journal JAMA.
The experience of police violence is associated with mental and emotional trauma distinct from that caused by other kinds of violence, creating a public health crisis for communities most affected. Simply put, the experience of police violence puts Black, Latino, Indigenous, and sexual minority communities at higher risk of distinct mental health problems, in addition to greater risk of death at the hands of police, according to the paper.
The rates of mental health conditions are on the rise among millennials, and the trend may be bringing down the overall health of the generation, a new study published Thursday finds. Researchers found that among millennials since 2019, there's been a 12% increase in major depression, a 7% increase in alcohol use disorder, and a 5% increase in both tobacco use disorder and substance use disorder.
The police are being called to deal with soaring numbers of incidents involving people suffering from mental health crises, sparking fresh concern about lack of NHS help for the mentally ill. The number of such 999 callouts in England has risen by 41% over the past five years, with some police forces seeing more than a twofold jump since 2015, new figures reveal.
Which was the saddest day of them all? This is the question you may be asking yourself, surveying the wreckage of 2020 thus far. There are so many contenders to consider: Was it Thursday, March 12, the day after Tom Hanks announced he was sick and the NBA announced it was canceled?
Hundreds of beds for psychiatric, detoxification and drug patients have been closed in New York over the past six months for use instead by coronavirus patients. The closures have prompted healthcare advocates to warn that they could spark a mental health crisis as those affected struggle to find immediate care. "People don't stop getting sick just because there's nowhere to treat them," said John Snook, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center in Arlington, Virginia.
President Donald Trump on Saturday signed into law a pair of bills designed to help prevent veterans suicide, including a measure to establish a new three-digit national crisis line similar to 911 for mental health emergencies. Both measures had received significant support from veterans groups in recent months, and passed through Congress without significant objection.
After the Denver City Council asked Mayor Michael Hancock to boost investments in police reform, inclusionary and housing programs, among other things, the city's chief administrator gave a little. Hancock released his draft budget for 2021 last month, which included millions in cuts as Denver faces historic tax shortfalls — including employee furloughs and smaller investments in social services.
Whether personally affected by the wildfires or simply experiencing smoke in the air for days, Roger Brubaker with Lane County Public Health says this disaster has to be viewed within the larger context of the pandemic. "I think a lot of people are dealing with this right now," said Brubaker. "This loss of certainty about the future. This anticipation that goes beyond just the losses they're experiencing on a daily basis, but this anxiety about future loss. And that that anxiety is going to really start wearing on people."
As our nation continues to confront the ramifications of a global pandemic, the stigma around mental health and addiction seems to be dissipating. People are talking, opening up to friends and family, and finally realizing it's OK to not be OK. This type of awareness is a major step forward for a nation that saw nearly 72,000 overdose deaths in 2019 and more than 48,000 deaths from suicide in 2018.
Camden, New Jersey; Allentown, Pennsylvania; and Reading, Pennsylvania, have been identified as cities where COVID-19 vulnerability and poor mental health overlap, according to a new report published this month by Mental Health America and the Surgo Foundation, a health nonprofit focused on data science. Worsening mental health due to COVID-19 has become an area of serious concern to health officials.
The new PRA Exam Application site is now online! Please visit https://reg.testrac.com/pra to begin an application to sit for the CPRP or CFRP exam. Please note that with this change, application fees are now collected upon submission of an application, instead of before beginning the application. Individuals that need to schedule a retake may need to email PRA to transfer eligibility in the new system. For more details and deadlines, visit https://www.psychrehabassociation.org/exam-dates-deadlines.
It is fair to say that 2020 hasn’t been an easy year for anyone, and young Americans are no different. With an on-again, off-again job market, in-person to online to in-person university classes and personal lives thrown off balance, Gen-Zers are constantly in flux.