Inside Medicine: Schools opened, suicide attempts in girls skyrocketed.

Inside Medicine: Schools opened, suicide attempts in girls skyrocketed.. “After a year of speculation over a brewing mental health crisis among kids and adolescents, in June the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finally released data showing that starting in February of 2021, the number of suspected suicide attempts had dramatically increased among girls ages 12-17 in the United States as compared to 2019. You could almost hear a collective, we told you so, from pundits who had spent the year decrying the closure of schools as Covid-19 tore through the country. To them, these statistics were proof positive that closing schools had brutalized kids. Here’s the snag: the rate of suicide attempts appears to have been inversely related to school closures.”

The era of Covid ambivalence: what do we do as normalcy returns but Delta surges? (The Guardian)

The Guardian: The era of Covid ambivalence: what do we do as normalcy returns but Delta surges?. “For many, the exhilaration of long-overdue hugs is offset by the anxiety of interaction. Optimism bumps against grief. Gratitude, tempered by the sobering rise of the highly contagious Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus (and frustration with the vaccine hesitation that has enabled its rapid spread in the US). As spring turned to summer, new uncertainties took the place of others. Hope keeps pace with pain. A new phase of the pandemic is upon us: the dual reality.”

Wayne Sutton: 2020 Was The Black In Tech Movement I Waited My Entire Life For, But I Was Too Depressed To Participate.

Wayne Sutton: 2020 Was The Black In Tech Movement I Waited My Entire Life For, But I Was Too Depressed To Participate.. “What’s hard is even with all the data in the world that shows the monetary gains, the benefits, the innovation of having diverse teams, someone will ask, ‘why are you working on diversity?’ What’s hard is looking someone in the eye, knowing damn well they couldn’t care less about diversity, Black humans or LGBTQIA humans or Latinx humans. What’s hard is knowing the only reason people are even exploring a conversation about diversity or inclusion with you is that the manager or CEO asked them to, or they are afraid of negative press.”

NPR: Pinterest Bans All Weight Loss Ads

NPR: Pinterest Bans All Weight Loss Ads. “Pinterest is saying goodbye to weight loss ads. It’s banning them altogether, becoming the first major social platform to do so. The National Eating Disorders Association guided Pinterest in updating its policy as searches for healthy eating, healthy lifestyle and fitness tips grew within the past year.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: How To Navigate the Overwhelming Volume of Mental Health Apps

National Alliance on Mental Illness: How To Navigate the Overwhelming Volume of Mental Health Apps. “Research and our initiatives at the Division of Digital Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School suggest that there are issues and limitations that app users need to be aware of. However, certain apps have the potential to be a successful supplement to mental health treatment if users find the right program to fit their individual needs.”

The Conversation: How to consume news while maintaining your sanity

The Conversation: How to consume news while maintaining your sanity. “The amount and variety of news produced today often tests people’s ability to determine its value and veracity. Such a torrent of information threatens to drown news consumers in a river of confusion…. But techniques exist for ferreting out what we can trust and what we should question, and there are steps we can take to help determine where the news comes from.”

Washington Post: Will hiding likes on Instagram and Facebook improve users’ mental health? We asked experts.

Washington Post: Will hiding likes on Instagram and Facebook improve users’ mental health? We asked experts.. “Facebook is touting its latest feature, which will allow Facebook and Instagram users to hide like counts on posts, as a move that aims to ‘depressurize’ people’s experiences on its platforms. The change comes amid ongoing concern about the potentially harmful mental health effects of social media. But although the action may be a positive step, many experts say, it isn’t likely to have much effect on the lower levels of psychological well-being seen in some users.”

WWNO: Facebook Calls Links To Depression Inconclusive. These Researchers Disagree

WWNO: Facebook Calls Links To Depression Inconclusive. These Researchers Disagree. “Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ biggest fear as a parent isn’t gun violence, or drunk driving, or anything related to the pandemic. It’s social media. And specifically, the new sense of ‘brokenness’ she hears about in children in her district, and nationwide. Teen depression and suicide rates have been rising for over a decade, and she sees social apps as a major reason.”

GlobeNewswire: Psychable, the Online Platform for Psychedelic Healthcare, is Live – the Comprehensive Resource Connects Those Seeking Information on Legal Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Treatment Options With Practitioners in Their Area (PRESS RELEASE)

GlobeNewswire: Psychable, the Online Platform for Psychedelic Healthcare, is Live – the Comprehensive Resource Connects Those Seeking Information on Legal Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Treatment Options With Practitioners in Their Area (PRESS RELEASE). “Psychable, the online community for people who are interested in legally exploring or offering psychedelic-assisted therapy, has officially launched. Providing thousands of listings for psychedelic practitioners across the U.S., Canada, and international locations, the platform aims to be the most comprehensive and trusted resource for those curious in exploring the legal use of psychedelics as medicine, and offers a community-reviewed, curated database of practitioners available to connect with clients directly through the platform.”