Video games, screen time could harm children’s mental health

How long should your kids spend watching TV or playing video games before it starts affecting their mental health? Gerald Herbert AP A new study in Canada found that prolonged screen time could be linked to mental health symptoms in children. After examining children who played video games, watched television and engaged in e-learning, the … Read more

What NC must do to improve mental health care for kids

Opinion and comment Editorials and other opinion content provide perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent of the work of our newsroom reporters. Quinn Wilson, 13, hugs his mother, Lindsey Wilson, outside their Newland home. Quinn spent seven terrifying days at the Strategic Behavioral Health Center in Garner at the age of … Read more

Northern Colorado Youth for Christ launches new mental health program for kids suffering from trauma

When we hear about trauma, we often associate it with adults, specifically adults who served in war. It is often hard to believe that a child or teen might have PTSD or other trauma-related issues. FocusForHealth.org defines childhood trauma as “an event that a child finds extremely distressing or emotionally distressing, often with lasting mental … Read more

$6.5 million in grants awarded to support children’s mental health across Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee (Washington) – The McNabb Center is one of ten programs across the state to receive a $6.5 million share of funding from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). The funds will be used to expand child and youth mental health services. McNabb Center describes challenges in highlighting allegations … Read more

Study examines the effects of methylphenidate on mental fatigue in multiple sclerosis patients

A team of researchers at the Kessler Foundation studied the effects of methylphenidate on mental fatigue in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). This is the first study to examine the effects of a psychostimulant on ‘state’ versus ‘trait’ mental fatigue in MS. The article, “Methylphenidate may improve mental fatigue in an individual with multiple sclerosis: … Read more

The emerging field of pollution and mental health research

Mounting scientific evidence reveals that environmental pollution and stress from climate change harm not only our physical health, but also our mental health. Last month, EHN and Allegheny Front highlighted the mental health effects of environmental pollution in western Pennsylvania, revealing the links between certain air pollutants, lead in drinking water, and the stress of … Read more

COVID Is Driving a Children’s Mental Health Emergency

When COVID shut down life as usual in the spring of 2020, most doctors in the United States focused on the immediate physical dangers of the novel coronavirus. But pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris soon began to think about the long-term emotional damage the coronavirus was causing and those who would be particularly vulnerable: children. “The … Read more

COVID Is Driving a Chlidren’s Mental Health Emergency

When COVID shut down life as usual in the spring of 2020, most doctors in the United States focused on the immediate physical dangers of the novel coronavirus. But pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris soon began to think about the long-term emotional damage the coronavirus was causing and those who would be particularly vulnerable: children. “The … Read more

Are Our Diets Contributing to The Rise in Angry Rhetoric?

Emotional, irrational, and even explosive statements have risen in public discourse in recent years. Politicians are insulted during legislative debates; Scientists receive emails and tweets containing verbal abuse and threats. What’s going on? This upsurge in angry rhetoric is sometimes attributed to social media. But are there other influences that alter communication methods? As nutrition … Read more

High school trial improving mental health and bringing students together

There are promising signs that a suicide prevention program being trialled in certain high schools can help reduce suicidal thoughts and behavior in students. the main points: Students in the trial later reported less severe depressive symptoms and were more likely to seek help A psychologist says hospital data shows there is a ‘rapid increase’ … Read more