Covid: Thousands of children left without parents in Iran (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Thousands of children left without parents in Iran. “More than 51,000 children in Iran have lost a parent to the Covid-19 pandemic, Iranian welfare authorities say. One such case is that of Eliza, aged four. Eliza was very attached to her father. They read together, sang together, and he was always there to put her to bed. But then one day he started coughing and was taken to hospital. Her father, who was 40, died of Covid.”

The Guardian: Psychosis cases soar in England as pandemic hits mental health

The Guardian: Psychosis cases soar in England as pandemic hits mental health . “Cases of psychosis have soared over the past two years in England as an increasing number of people experience hallucinations and delusional thinking amid the stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic. There was a 75% increase in the number of people referred to mental health services for their first suspected episode of psychosis between April 2019 and April 2021, NHS data shows.”

COVID-19 pandemic causes huge rise in mental health problems: Study (Daily Sabah)

Daily Sabah: COVID-19 pandemic causes huge rise in mental health problems: Study. “The first year of the coronavirus pandemic saw a ‘stark rise’ in mental health disorders, with around 160 million additional cases worldwide, according to estimates by doctors and scientists in Australia and the U.S….Women were also affected more than men and younger people to a greater extent than the elderly, despite the latter being far more vulnerable to severe illness and death if infected.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Black Male Therapists connects Atlanta’s Black men with mental health specialists

New-to-me, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Black Male Therapists connects Atlanta’s Black men with mental health specialists. “Last year, the pandemic leveled communities, especially those of color, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that Black people are two times more likely to die from COVID-19 than their white counterparts. The Economic Policy Institute reports similar findings in that Black workers face racism and economic equality, making those communities more susceptible to the effects of COVID-19.” This article actually points to mental health resources for both men AND women of color.

Medical News Today: How has social media affected mental health during the pandemic?

Medical News Today: How has social media affected mental health during the pandemic?. “As government health organizations used it to relay recent findings on prevention and treatment, social media became more than a place to post the latest vacation photos — it became a hub of pandemic-related information. But has the use of social media during the pandemic negatively impacted mental health and well-being? Or has it had the opposite effect? In this Special Feature, Medical News Today looks at what research says about social media use and the COVID-19 pandemic to reveal how it has affected mental health. We also spoke with two experts about this complex topic.”

N.J. coronavirus update: Resources offered for young people dealing with mental health challenges (WHYY)

WHYY: N.J. coronavirus update: Resources offered for young people dealing with mental health challenges. “New Jersey officials said they have seen an increase in children dealing with anxiety and depression, which they attribute to the isolation of remote learning and now, readjusting to in-person learning. To help young people to better cope with these stresses, the state has launched a new corner of its COVID-19 website dedicated to mental health resources for kids, teenagers, and young adults, as well as parents and educators.”

CNN: Instagram promoted pages glorifying eating disorders to teen accounts

CNN: Instagram promoted pages glorifying eating disorders to teen accounts. “Proof that Instagram is not only failing to crack down on accounts promoting extreme dieting and eating disorders, but actively promotes those accounts, comes as Instagram and its parent company Facebook (FB) are facing intense scrutiny over the impact they have on young people’s mental health.”

CBS News: Highlights from 60 Minutes’ Interview with the Facebook Whistleblower

CBS News: Highlights from 60 Minutes’ Interview with the Facebook Whistleblower. “Data scientist Frances Haugen secretly copied tens of thousands of pages of Facebook’s internal research while she worked for the company, and gave them to the Securities and Exchange Commission and to Congress. The 37-year-old from Iowa claims evidence shows the company is lying about making significant progress against hate, violence. These were some of the revelations from her interview with Scott Pelley.”

New York Times: Clearly, Facebook Is Very Flawed. What Will We Do About It?

New York Times: Clearly, Facebook Is Very Flawed. What Will We Do About It?. “I’ve spent the last six years researching how platforms govern speech online, including a year inside Facebook following the development of its Oversight Board. While the ‘factory floor’ of the company is full of well-intentioned people, much of what the series has reported confirmed what I and other Facebook watchers have long suspected.”

CNET: Suicide and self-harm content keeps slipping through on social media

CNET: Suicide and self-harm content keeps slipping through on social media. “More than 700,000 people worldwide die by suicide every year. Globally, suicide was the fourth leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds in 2019, according to the World Health Organization. Exposure to suicide and self-harm content on social media has been linked to harmful mental health effects. A study published in the New Media & Society Journal in 2019 found that people who saw self-harm content on Instagram showed ‘more self-harm and suicidality-related outcomes.’”

New York Times: The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over

New York Times: The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over. “There are times when words feel inadequate — when one’s dread, shame, exhaustion or discomfort seems too immense to be captured in written language. That’s where the melting face emoji comes in. The face, fixed with a content half-smile even as it dissolves into a puddle, is one of 37 new emojis approved this year by the Unicode Consortium, the organization that maintains the standards for digital text.”

CNET: Facebook to release internal research on Instagram’s impact on teens

CNET: Facebook to release internal research on Instagram’s impact on teens. “Facebook plans to release internal research on Instagram to Congress and the public after a Wall Street Journal report earlier this month raised serious concerns about the photo-sharing app’s impact on the mental health of teens. The social network will share the research in the ‘next few days,’ said Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, during an online event hosted by the Atlantic on Monday.”

CNBC: Facebook says it’s pausing effort to build Instagram for kids

CNBC: Facebook says it’s pausing effort to build Instagram for kids. “The pause comes after an explosive Wall Street Journal report showed Facebook repeatedly found its Instagram app is harmful to a number of teenagers. The Journal cited Facebook studies over the past three years that examined how Instagram affects its young user base, with teenage girls being most notably harmed. One internal Facebook presentation said that among teens who reported suicidal thoughts, 13% of British users and 6% of American users traced the issue to Instagram.”

Mashable: As schools reopen, trauma-informed teaching might be more important than ever

Mashable: As schools reopen, trauma-informed teaching might be more important than ever. “Before the COVID-19 pandemic, research indicated that as many as 50% of children had experienced some form of trauma or victimization, including sexual assault, abuse, the death of a loved one, natural disasters, a car accident or community violence. These experiences can tax the brain and make it harder for kids to learn and behave well. Now, 40,000 U.S. children have lost a parent to COVID-19, food and housing insecurity remains a concern and more kids are suffering from higher rates of anxiety and depression. As schools reopen amid ongoing uncertainty, interest in trauma-informed teaching practices is growing among educators. The American Rescue Plan, the federal pandemic relief bill approved in March, included some funding for training, and some states and school districts have allocated money as well.”