I was invited to talk mental health with Tiffany Werner. Listen Now!

I was honored to be a guest on the Moments Of Clarity with Tiffany radio show. We talked about The Flawed Ones, mental health, education, children, veterans and so much more. Download the podcast here!

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Is Seasonal Depression Real?

This past weekend, the clocks rolled back one-hour. That means shorter days are upon us. If you dread the darker winter months, chances are you've heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD has been in the medical news for decades. But the cause is still very much a mystery. ...

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Imagine Dragons frontman opens up about his depression and crisis of faith (CBS NEWS)

TORONTO, ON- FEBRUARY 28 - Michael Mallinson portrait by David Cooper February 28, 2014.

One of the biggest rock acts of the decade, Imagine Dragons has just announced they will headline a concert near the Las Vegas Strip to benefit victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in the band's hometown. Their song "Believer" illustrates a deep personal struggle with depression by frontman Dan Reynolds. ...

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Public perception of mass violence and mental illness often misguided

In response to Sunday's mass shooting at a Texas church, President Trump said the shooting was not "a guns situation," but rather, a problem of mental health. But according to a Vanderbilt study, between 2001 and 2010, fewer than 5 percent of fatal shootings in the United States were committed by people diagnosed with mental illness. ...

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The Opioid Crisis: The medical industry’s role in creating and ending it

Addiction to opioids has plagued the U.S. for decades, and it’s a problem that hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. Out of the 1,889 deaths caused by opioid-related overdoses across Illinois in 2016, it’s doubtful that any of these individuals wanted a life stifled by a possessive drug addiction. ...

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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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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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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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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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