Crisis in the air: the mental health implications of the 2023 Canadian wildfires
Early June 2023 was marked by an unprecedented disaster: wildfire smoke emanating from Quebec (Canada) spread throughout the northeastern USA. This so-called crisis in the air threatens physical and mental health.Source: The Lancet
Public freakouts, burnout, and bullying: Bad behavior is here to stay
A mix of worsening mental health and decaying societal connections, both exacerbated by the pandemic, may be driving a trend in rude behavior that could extend far beyond COVID's upheaval, mental health experts told Axios.Source: Axios
For Hurricane Katrina Survivors, COVID-19 Brings a New Mental Health Toll
A new study shows that for some low-income mothers in New Orleans, the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with the same, or worse, mental health impacts as Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst national disasters in U.S. history.
Study Examines Dementia Caregiver Experiences and Preparedness
As the global population ages, people providing care for more than one family member or close other across adulthood is becoming increasingly common. Yet little is known about the ways prior caregiving experiences shape an individual’s future preparedness when it comes to caring for additional people living with dementia.
U.S. Surgeon General urges students to connect to combat loneliness, improve mental health
On Thursday, September 8th, students from four Connecticut universities – Gateway Community College, University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, and Yale – gathered at Southern to listen to U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speak. In reality, however, they spent a great deal of their time listening to each other — and that was just what the Surgeon General intended.
Children in Northern California learn to cope with wildfire trauma
As California wildfires grow more intense, frequent, and widespread, many children who live through them are experiencing lasting psychological trauma such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.Source: Kaiser Health News
Researchers Call for Improved Infrastructure to Address Research Staff’s Mental Health and Well-being
In a new paper, YSPH Assistant Professor Ashley Hagaman (senior author), and PhD student Raquel Burgess (lead author), investigate existing mental health support for researchers and provide specific recommendations to better protect the emotional and mental well-being of research teams including faculty, research assistants, students, and staff.
Study provides deeper insights on the health impacts of utility shutoffs
Connecticut residents who struggle to pay their energy bills often suffer from physical and mental health issues as a result. That is one of many findings in a new study of energy insecurity based on interviews with 22 residents of varying ages and races from around the state. The study was a joint undertaking by the Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of the Environment, Vermont Law and Graduate School, and Operation Fuel, an energy-assistance nonprofit.Source: Energy News Network
New Online Training for Mental Health Providers Benefits LGBTQ Community
Mental health providers can learn to deliver evidence-based LGBTQ-affirmative cognitive therapy through low-cost online training, which would help deliver more evidence-based mental health care to LGBTQ people and support its implementation across practice settings, according to a new study by Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) researchers.
As U.S. launches new crisis hotline, nearly half of counties lack response teams
A new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launched by the U.S. government is supposed to make it easier for people experiencing a mental health crisis to get help. But a new Yale study finds that not all Americans have the same access to appropriate follow-up care.