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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PodCast Interview: That B Word.

I was honored to be a guest on this week's episode of That B Word podcast. Check it out at http://thatbwordpod.podbean.com/   

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NIH Offers New Tool For Alcoholics Seeking Treatment

The National Institutes of Health is releasing a new online tool that aims to help those who want to find good care: directories of alcohol treatment providers accompanied by key questions patients should ask in order to get high-quality care. Click here to Read Entire Article

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UAMS Neuroscientist Receives Grant to Study Resilience of Brain to Mental Illness

Sept. 26, 2017 | A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research scientist has been awarded a $409,750 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to lead a study investigating ways the brain develops resilience to mental illnesses like addiction. Andrew James, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, is the principal investigator in the two-year study, which will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine ...

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CVS Reveals New Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

Given the rise in overdoses and the opioid epidemic, CVS is stepping to the plate and creating new measures to reduce the amount of opioids they put in the hands of the general public. Read the entire article here and let us know, do you think this will have a positive impact?

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News: Opioid Addiction Is Reducing US Life Expectancy

From Courthouse News: WASHINGTON (CN) — Deaths from opioid overdoses tripled in the 15 years from 2000 to 2015, according to a study published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control. Opioids are natural painkillers, such as morphine and heroin, and prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, oxycodone, hydrocodone and Fentanyl, which function as synthetic opiates. Read Entire Article Here

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