Warnings of mental health crisis among ‘Covid generation’ of students

The pandemic has had a lasting legacy on the mental health of the “Covid generation” of students, exacerbating rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm and resulting in a “significant rise” in young people struggling at university, experts have said.

UK universities have reported that more students are experiencing mental health problems in the aftermath of the pandemic, and that this is expected to continue with the cohort arriving in September, whose school experience was heavily disrupted by the pandemic.

The president of the National Union of Students, Larissa Kennedy, said she was “deeply concerned” by the student mental health crisis, which was “getting worse”, with NUS research suggesting “the majority of students are burdened by anxiety”. read more

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Patients seek mental healthcare from their doctor but find health plans standing in the way

When a longtime patient visited Dr. William Sawyer’s office after recovering from COVID, the conversation quickly turned from the coronavirus to anxiety and ADHD.

Sawyer — who has run a family medicine practice in the Cincinnati area for more than three decades — said he spent 30 minutes asking questions about the patient’s exercise and sleep habits, counseling him on breathing exercises, and writing a prescription for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder medication. read more

Vaping: What Psychiatrists Need to Know

Vaping—one word, but not one behavior. Vaping is a method of substance inhalation that delivers anything from blueberry-flavored vitamin D to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) into the body. While health professionals often refer to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and vaping synonymously, e-cigarettes represent only a small fraction of the growing market for vaping products available to consumers of all ages. So, why all the fuss?

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Social workers and EMS to respond to mental health emergencies NYC-wide

City Hall has decided to expand a pilot program that sends social workers and EMS staff to non-violent mental health emergencies instead of cops citywide to all precincts — even though the test-run hasn’t even started yet, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

“Expanding it city wide? We’re not even up and running yet,” Anthony Almojera, an EMS lieutenant in Sunset Park who is vice president of Local 3621 of the FDNY Uniformed EMS Officers, told The Post.

“They were still trying to solicit members about a week, week and a half ago but the training hasn’t started yet… A lot of members didn’t jump at the opportunity to go and face heightened danger for the same pay.”

In late February, when the test run was originally set to kick off, City Hall said the program would be starting in the 25th, 28th and 32nd precincts. Now, two months later, de Blasio said they’re “convinced” the “approach is going to work citywide” even though training hasn’t begun yet, a spokesperson said.

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Health & Wellness

Gut Health and Mood Genetically Entwined

University of Queensland researchers have confirmed a link between depression and stomach ulcers, in the world’s largest study of genetic factors in peptic ulcer disease.

Professor Naomi Wray from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and Queensland Brain Institute and and Dr Yeda Wu from IMB have provided clues to how the gut and brain work together by studying health data from nearly half a million people.

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Has the pandemic really caused a ‘tsunami’ of mental health problems?

How is the population of the UK coping with the continuing coronavirus crisis? According to some media reports and commentators in the mental health community, we are now facing “the greatest threat to mental health since the second world war” and a potential “tsunami” of psychological problems.

With a team of experts from the Universities of Sheffield, Ulster, Liverpool, UCL and Royal Holloway and Bedford College I have been monitoring the mental health of the UK population since the beginning of the crisis. Looking at our findings, we think that this tsunami narrative is misleading. If accepted uncritically, it could undermine efforts to protect the health of the population and also our ability as a nation to recover once the crisis is over. Here is why.

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Laundry is Tedious. But It Could Improve Your Mental Health?

How to make each moment count — this has been the overarching focus of my columns so far this year.

Maybe it’s because of COVID-19, but it has been abundantly clear to me lately that life is short, and nothing is guaranteed. So, I want to live with that in mind.

I want to be as present as I can.

But as I’ve been saying in recent weeks, presence can be elusive. We’re programmed to be constantly in our heads: revisiting the past, anticipating the future, narrating, analyzing, dwelling — you name it.

Just knowing that we have this uncanny ability to mentally talk ourselves out of fully participating in our lives is helpful. It’s the starting point for being less caught up in our thoughts.

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‘A lot of Them Were Really Struggling’: How Illinois and Northwestern Are Tending To Their Athletes’ Mental Health During The Pandemic

Abbie Wolf remembers being pulled into the film room with her teammates in mid-March for a meeting. Northwestern was preparing for a deep run into the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

But a few minutes later, the team’s dreams of a national championship were shattered. The NCAA announced on March 12 that the tournament — along with all other winter and spring sports — would be canceled because of coronavirus concerns.

For Wolf, the sudden change was jarring. She was just reaching the peak of her basketball career: Against in-state rival Illinois weeks earlier, Wolf had scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds — in a game that happened to fall on her senior day — en route to a Big Ten regular-season title.

Despite the team’s early exit in the Big Ten Tournament, Wolf looked forward to one last ride with her teammates. But as quickly as the NCAA’s announcement made its way across the country, her college basketball career was over.

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Talk To Children About Mental Health And Suicide, Experts Say

At Riley Hospital for Children there’s been a jump in emergency room visits related to mental health and suicide. From March to December, these visits increased 61 percent compared to the same months in 2019.

Hilary Blake, a psychologist at the Indianapolis hospital, says there is a mental health crisis in Indiana.

“I think COVID has shone light on it, but I think the mental health crisis has been here for a while unfortunately, in the state of Indiana,” she says. “We don’t have enough providers, specifically psychiatrists to help with children with mental health needs.”

Blake says closing schools due to the pandemic has affected students’ mental health.

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TikTok-Famous Dietitian Shares The Foods To Eat To Improve Mental Health

Eating well not only helps with sleep, stress and energy, but the foods you add to your diet can also help improve your mental health, according to Samar Kullab , a Chicago-based registered dietitian who shares healthy eating advice on TikTok.

“It’s important to understand that the foods we’re eating can directly affect our brain health by altering the brain proteins and enzymes in order to increase neural transmitters, which is the connections between the brain cells,” Kullab told “Good Morning America.” “Some foods can raise serotonin levels through various enzymes which can improve our mood. They also can decrease inflammation, which is known to affect both cognition and mood.”