Teens want COVID-19 advice that gives them safe ways to socialize – not just rules for what they can’t do

In a series of surveys, young people across the US described their thinking and behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Matthew Dunn, Graduate Student Researcher, University of Michigan • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health mental-health covid-19 coronavirus high-school social-distancing students universities college

Losing a pet can affect children’s mental health, study finds

Mass. General study finds that the loss of a pet can potentially trigger mental health issues in children.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: children mental-health death pets health-medicine mgh grief mass-general-hospital

Families can support kids' mental health whether they're learning remotely or at school – here's how

Good mental health is the ability to adapt to changes and stress. Whatever school looks like, parents can help keep kids' social-emotional development on track in these four areas.

Erika Bocknek, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Wayne State University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: mental-health school psychology stress sleep adaptation child-development child-psychology k-12-education emotions empathy emotional-skills identity self-esteem pandemic-school-closures pandemic-parenting remote-learning bedtime-routine social-emotional-development prosocial-behaviors sleep-hygiene peer-relationships reciprocity remote-schooling

A closer look at America’s pandemic-fueled anger

The anger you’re seeing in the nation and your neighborhood — call it pandemic rage — is not in your imagination, according to a McLean hospital psychologist, who explains where it comes from and how to fight it.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Aug. 14, 2020 ~14 min

Tags: mental-health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell mclean-hospital david-h-rosmarin anger domestic-violence violence

Heatwaves don't just give you sunburn – they can harm your mental health too

Heatwaves are here to stay, and they aren't all sun and games.

Harriet Ingle, Postdoctoral Researcher in Climate Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mental-health heatwave climate-change-and-health heat-and-health suicide-risk

Twitter posts show that people are profoundly sad – and are visiting parks to cheer up

Research that measures the public mood based on Twitter posts shows that it's currently at its lowest point in a decade. One exception: when people visit parks and green spaces.

Taylor Ricketts, Professor and Director, Gund Institute for Environment, University of Vermont • conversation
Aug. 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: social-media mental-health covid-19 twitter parks city-parks outdoors san-francisco cincinnati minneapolis george-floyd-protests

African American teens face mental health crisis but are less likely than whites to get treatment

For Black youth, death by suicide has become a leading cause of death. And they face social problems that give rise to depression and isolation that their white counterparts do not.

Rebecca Klisz-Hulbert, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  poverty  mental-health  depression  suicide  stress  african-americans  black-youth

Lockdown led to happiness rebound, after wellbeing plunged with onset of pandemic

New study is among the first to distinguish effects of pandemic from effects of lockdown when it comes to wellbeing in Britain.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mental-health covid-19 wellbeing

Furlough ‘stemmed the tide’ of poor mental health during UK lockdown, study suggests

Researchers say the UK government should ask employers to share out reduced hours rather than lose workers, in order to mitigate a looming mental health crisis

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: mental-health covid-19 work employment

Mapping the brain’s sensory gatekeeper

New analysis could help uncover potential drug targets for attention deficits and sensory hypersensitivity.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: neuroscience mental-health autism broad-institute research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences national-institutes-of-health-nih mcgovern-institute

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