14 posts from month 10/2017

South Africa: Employees Suffering from Mental Illness Still Experience Stigma

South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH) says employees suffering from mental illness experience stigma from their their workplaces. ...

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Opioid abuse in college students requires increased efforts

A presentation at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual meeting highlighted the issue of nonmedical opioid use among college students and the need for successful prevention and treatment strategies for the patient population. “The use of opiates by college students has risen dramatically over the past 2 decades, resulting in increased accidental overdose among other things; thus making the quest for identifying strategies to address this public health crisis ...

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6 Ways To Show Your Employee You Care About Their Mental Health

All bosses (hopefully) want what's best for their employees. Whether you have one intern or manage a large team, you probably do what you can to make sure they feel safe, happy, and fulfilled at work. That's great, because most people spend the majority of their waking moments at work, and it can have a significant effect on your mental health and well being. Read Entire Article Here 

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Why Are Teens Live Streaming Suicide?

Fifteen-year-old Isaiah Gonzalez was a soon-to-be sophomore preparing to start his Texas school’s ROTC program. Then, in July, his father found him dead in his bedroom closet. Nearby, a propped-up phone broadcast Gonzalez’s suicide online. Click here to read entire article

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Explaining Mental Illness To Your Children

Every morning, I get up. I shower, brush my teeth, prepare lunch boxes and school uniforms. Then I take my medication. It's an ingrained routine that I could do in my sleep – a streamlined process that ensures everyone's out the door on time and my sanity is in check, my bipolar disorder held at bay. However, the other day there was a slight interruption to my normal activities. Click Here to read entire article

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This is How Often You Should Exercise to Ward Off Depression

While we’re hesitant to say that anything cures depression, there’s no denying the strong link between regular exercise and improved mental health. There are countless studies that suggest that active people are significantly less likely to develop the condition and that it’s an effective treatment for those who have it. However, there’s never been any definitive evidence to confirm exactly how much exercise we need to be doing to reap those mental health benefits — until ...

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Last Weekend I Failed to Take My Meds. This Is What Happened

It is never a bad thing to, from time to time, have a friendly reminder of where you came from, how far you’ve gotten and how easily it is, if not careful, to fall back into the darkness. As a matter of fact, sometimes it is absolutely necessary to have a stern refresher, and to appreciate the tools you have at hand which allow you to navigate the waters of mental illness with a degree of success. ...

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Excessive Sugar In Diet Increases Opioid Adicction Risk

Could a diet high in refined sugars make children and adults more susceptible to opioid addiction and overdose? New research, from our laboratory of behavioural neuroscience at the University of Guelph, suggests it could. Approximately 20,000 people died of fentanyl-related overdoses in the United States last year and in Canada, there were at least 2,816 opioid-related deaths. During 2017 so far, over 1,000 people have died of illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia. High schools are ...

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The Opioid Epidemic – In Honor of My Friend’s Who Just Lost Their One Year Old Grandson To It

This weeks episode is in honor of my friends who lost their one year old grandson to #opiod abuse. Please Subscribe.

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Why the Opiate Epidemic Is Not Going Away Any Time Soon

A brief recap of my interactions with opiates: Several years ago, I had an acquaintance that for a short period of time had access to and sold painkillers. Not wanting to miss the opportunity of exploring a new high, I bought several Oxycodone pills from him. That night I went home, crushed two of them into a fine powder and railed them as if they were lines of coke. The euphoria that followed was completely unprecedented. There was a garden of pretty flowers growing from the center of my belly and stemming toward my limbs. I was so light that I felt almost weightless, both physically and emotionally. All the darkness of the world had instantly and magically dissipated. It was an intense, unique and incredibly addictive feeling that I have only experienced at that level with opiates, which led me to the conclusion that this was a big-league substance, one with the ability to cause major damage in one’s life. ...

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