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A study using historical data found that the offspring of mothers who endure famine during pregnancy have a higher risk of mental health issues in later life. To a certain extent, what a pregnant mother experiences, so does her unborn child. However, investigating the effects of adverse life events on a pregnant woman's offspring can be challenging. The studies need long follow-ups, and, of course, there is no ethical way that pregnant women can be put under experimental duress.
A new report is painting a bleak picture when it comes to teens’ mental health, as well as their access to professional support for those issues. Data published by the nonprofit Mental Health America shows that rates of severe youth depression have increased from 5.9 percent to 8.2 percent over a five-year period. Half of those screened between the ages of 11 and 17 reported having thoughts of suicide or self-harm throughout the course of a week.
It is a simple, but startling, statistic: One in four people around the world will have a mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives. But dealing with mental health issues is so much easier if they are caught early. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports that is the thinking behind a new method using virtual reality to gauge mental health.
Kevin Neal's family knew he was mentally ill, but they never thought he would kill five people and attack an elementary school in rural northern California. But Neal committed both those acts recently, and it has left his family asking some very difficult questions. "We got, 'I can't take it anymore' a thousand times — like when do you know if it's real?" asked Sheridan Orr, Neal's sister.
A legislative proposal to effectively double the reach of New Jersey's county-based mental-health screening system is one step closer to reality, an advance advocates hailed as necessary to help the state better address — and possibly reduce — a growing behavioral health crisis. But the Democratic-sponsored measure, which would cost more than $10 million annually, still faces two significant hurdles: A final vote in the state Senate, which is scheduled to meet only a handful of times before the end of the legislative session, and the signature of Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican whose second term ends in mid-January.
The University of Pennsylvania will soon expand efforts to strengthen the quality of its campus mental health services, adding new support staff and launching a community campaign for student wellness. In a letter addressed to the university's undergraduate and graduate communities, Penn president Amy Gutmann revealed the Ivy League school's latest plan to address an area that has persistently resurfaced as a concern among the student body.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department and other community partners announced recently they have hired consultants to conduct an assessment about mental health and substance abuse. The purpose of the study is to analyze the current state of mental health and substance abuse services, the needs of the community and the gap between the two. In addition to recommending ways to bridge the gap, consultants will create a strategy to move Springfield and Greene County forward.
When it comes to strengthening your mental or emotional health, would you trust an app? A trio of Brigham Young University health science researchers has published new research that says the answer is yes. The group was looking to identify what it is about health apps that influences users' behavior. Over three studies, they surveyed roughly 600 people who had used diet, physical activity or mental health apps in the past six months.
This month’s mass shooting at a Texas church has raised questions of whether the military does enough to help former service members with bad conduct discharges. They're not eligible for veterans' mental health care. When service members separate from the military, their futures depend on something called a characterization of service. There are five different possibilities: honorable, general under honorable conditions, other than honorable, bad conduct, and dishonorable.
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According to a study conducted in the United Kingdom, not only does living in poor quality housing negatively affect mental health, but a "persistence of poor housing" and housing problems is predictive of worse mental health even when that person's housing conditions improve. The study published by Preventative Medicine argues that although current research confirms a correlation between poor housing and mental health, those studies "may overlook the persistence of housing problems and the toll they take on mental health" — most commonly found through stress and anxiety.