Football Player

‘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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Health & Wellness

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.”

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Expert Recommends These Lifestyle Changes To Improve Your Mood And Mental Health

Mental health: Simple modifications in diet and lifestyle can help boost your mood and overall mental health. Read here to know several tips from expert that might help.

Your lifestyle affects your overall health. Minor day to day activities like how much you move in a day leave an impact on your mental and physical health in more than one way. A sedentary lifestyle not only leads to weight gain but also leaves a negative effect on your mental health. You might be surprised to know that making simple lifestyle changes can lift your mood and help you ensure better mental health. It is essential to make dietary changes as well. Keep reading as Dr. Samant Darshi who is a Psychiatrist explains the impact of diet and lifestyle on mental health and what changes one should make.

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Mental Health Focus More Important Than Ever At Start of 2021

TRI CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) Mental health officials say if there is anything good to come out of the pandemic, it is that a newfound focus has been put on mental health nationwide.

They say as we enter 2021 with hope, that is going to be more important now than ever before.

“As we start this new year I think we must focus on mental health and the building of our mental health following the taxing year that we have just had,” said Dr. Tim Perry with Frontier Health.

Whatever your goals and resolutions look like for the new year, health experts are urging you to make being mentally healthy one of them.

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Holidays A Good Time To Make Mental Health A Priority

It’s a very stressful time of a very stressful year, and that can take a toll on your mental health.

The holidays and the time after can be very difficult, and this year, especially, depression and anxiety can really set in.

NEWS9 spoke with two professionals about taking care of yourself and knowing when to ask for help.

As we look forward to a new year – and perhaps make a resolution or two – it’s important to make healthy habits and mental health a priority.

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Women’s Risk of Addiction Up 65% According to Mental Health Index

SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTONDec. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — According to the Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition, women’s risk of drug and alcohol addiction is up 65% since September. This alarming news is set against a backdrop of insufficient sleep. Female employees’ risk of sleep apnea has climbed 126% over the past 10 months.

Mental Health Index data tells a better story for men. Male employees are showing some signs of post-election mental health relief despite reaching peak risk levels one month ago. When comparing October to November: men’s focus is up 34%, decision-making skills are up 14% and risk of general anxiety is down 19%. The good news of improvements in men’s mental health is tempered by the U.S. workforce’s overall decline in mental health since February. Everyone’s stress levels and risk of general anxiety, depression and PTSD remain alarmingly higher than before the global pandemic, especially among Gen X workers.

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Health Insurance Policy

Pandemic Demand For Mental Health Care is Overwhelming Providers

Michael Siracusa was struggling. Changing his prescription for antidepressants would help, he thought. But getting an appointment turned out to be complicated.

“When I started to look, on my own, for a psychiatrist, I had very little luck,” said Siracusa, who lives in Whitefish, Montana. While his therapist — a provider who doesn’t write prescriptions — gave him a referral, there were no appointments available for six to eight weeks.
For a person grappling with mental health amid a pandemic, that seemed very far away. “If I’m being honest, I wasn’t doing great,” he said. “It felt like no matter what I was doing, I couldn’t get the help that I was looking for, or that it was out of reach.”

 

Self Care

Make Time for Your Mental Health

Sunday afternoon, I made room for fun, literally.

I cleared a spot on the dining room table by pushing aside the bills, holiday cards and wrapping paper — all signs of what a responsible adult should be doing on a day off — and started working a holiday puzzle I had just returned home with. (Clearly, I don’t have children.)

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Mental Health

Mental Health Epidemic: Dark Shadow of the COVID Pandemic

Born of chilling student social and physical isolation off campus; faculty and staff burnout from rebuilding classes in new delivery methods and modes; budget cuts, furloughs and layoffs; depressing learning gaps; stress and fear for health of self, family and friends, a mental health epidemic of epic proportions is rising out of the virus pandemic. It will unfold in the cold, dark months of winter — December, January, February and into March — when the death toll mounts higher and higher before a hoped-for spring of vaccinated immunity begins to bring hope and some measure of mobility and in-person engagement.

The ramifications of this epidemic on top of the pandemic are sure to be long-lasting and pervasive. We are already seeing the beginnings of the mental health epidemic. After so many months of 12-hour workdays and seven-day workweeks, the support staff members who have labored with little recognition to modify and enhance remote-learning modules into online classes are burning out. In a striking article in Educause Review, Patrice Prusko and Whitney Kilgore describe “Burned Out: Stories of Compassion Fatigue”:

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