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Racism and racial trauma continues to affect the mental wellbeing of Black people, who already face so many obstacles when it comes to receiving mental health treatment. As the National Alliance on Mental Illness stated, "racism is a public health crisis." If you feel like the continued incidents of police brutality and lack of injustice for Black lives (on top of living in a society that upholds systems of racism) are taking a toll on your mental health, the article provides resources that could be helpful right now.
Here's what you need to know about Mental Health Awareness month, what resources are available, and some advice on how to take control of your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, at NAMI, Daniel Gillison, CEO said that an online educational tool for parents looking to support their children who are showing symptoms of mental illness has increased in use by 580% in the past few months. Calls to their crisis helpline have increased by 65%. During this time it's important to be compassionate and gentle on yourself, but keep an eye out for any alarming symptoms or changes in behavior, thought patterns, or other daily routines.
Mental health experts are bracing for what Tom Insel calls a "mental health tsunami." They're anticipating a steep rise in the diseases of isolation—suicides, opioid abuse, domestic violence and depression—that will unfold over the next few months and could stretch on for years. So far, there's been little action where it is needed most: providing funding to address the mental health challenges brought on by the pandemic. "People have been speaking up about the mental health effects of this emergency, but we have yet to see real concrete actions to shore up our mental health system," says Angela Kimball, national director of advocacy and public policy for NAMI. "Any shortfall is likely to hit the poorest the hardest." Instead, patients have inundated crisis services lines.
When Mindi Hoggan’s daughter Chaylie, 28, died by suicide on May 17, Hoggan knew she wanted something that honored Holmgren and raised awareness about mental health. “If talking about it, exposing it, shouting it from the rooftops, will help even one person find a way to talk about their pain, a difference can and must be made,” the obituary reads. “This family should be saluted for their courageous approach to this epidemic,” Dr. Ken Duckworth, CMO of NAMI, told TODAY, adding that death by suicide has increased steadily every year since the 1990s. “The more light you let into the room, the less toxic it is likely to be. This is part of the human experience: despair, perfectionism, mental health, vulnerability.”
The blog post by Dan Gillison, CEO of NAMI, highlights the NAMI/Google partnership on an anxiety-disorder self-assessment tool. When people in the U.S. search on Google for information about anxiety, they’ll have access to a clinically-validated questionnaire called the GAD-7 (Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7). The GAD-7 will show up in the knowledge panel—the box of information that displays key facts when you search for something—and also has medically-validated information about anxiety, including symptoms and common treatments.
When Dr. Ken Duckworth learned that a reporter interviewing him was from Alabama, the first thing he thought of was college football. “The absence of college football is not a mental health problem, but it takes away one of my favorite things in life,” said Duckworth, CMO of NAMI. For many, the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting people through the loss of favorite rituals and events, and for young people, the loss of opportunity. “First of all, take care of your own self. Not everybody needs a therapist,” Duckworth said. Get exercise, don’t use substances to excess, and put down all media after dinner, he said. “We are all in this together.”
The United Nations is urging leaders to address mental health as it says the pandemic is adding to psychological distress. This comes after a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found more than 4 in 10 Americans say stress from the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Ken Duckworth, who serves as the chief medical officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic and isolation, our mental health is more fragile than ever. For Mental Health Awareness Month, "GMA" is sharing resources, tips and ways to protect your mental health. The article includes multiple NAMI Instagram graphics.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and isolation efforts in March, Americans have reported negative mental health outcomes. Whether it’s because they’ve lost a job or are in fear of losing one, they’re struggling to piece together money to pay bills. They’re worried about their health and safety. In this episode, we unpack mental health and discuss how you can manage your mental and emotional wellbeing during this time. Ken Duckworth, M.D., CMO of NAMI will share strategies you can use to look after yourself during COVID 19 and beyond.
Nationwide, mental health call and text centers offer an early picture of how Americans are coping with the coronavirus pandemic. The roughly 11.2 million Americans who live with serious mental illness, including many who are homeless or in prisons, are the most vulnerable to the psychological effects of the pandemic, said Dawn Brown, who runs the HelpLine for NAMI. But even people who have never experienced a mental disorder are feeling many of the same symptoms. When you call the NAMI HelpLine, counselors first listen to your story and validate what you’re going through. Then they recommend resources to help you manage your symptoms.
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