Mental Health News Round-up: Jan 30


mental_healthMore Americans Getting Mental Health Treatment

According to data released by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), treatment for mental illness increased from 62.9% to 68.5% in one year’s time.  The data also tracked other trends including illegal drug use, substance abuse treatment, and access to care on a state by state basis.

Pilot Program Focuses on Mental Health for Athletes

The University of Michigan now offers drop-in counseling and PSAs to improve the mental health of their student athletes.  This campaign is designed to fight the mentality that student athletes should “tough it out’ instead of seeking help.

Four Ways to Improve Student Mental Health Support

After an in depth analysis, researchers have four suggestions to improve mental health in school systems and at community mental health centers for children in grades K-12.  The biggest issues to address are barriers to help, appropriate sharing of information within compliance laws, and proper treatment delivery.

Transforming Anxiety Into Achievement

One lawyer shares his perspective on using techniques to harness anxiety to perform well on high stakes testing. After identifying the trigger of his stress, the author suggests turning the response to that anxiety into a positive behavior, which sounds quite similar to the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Fall Out Boy Bassist Pete Wentz Opens Up About His Battle With Bipolar Disorder

To fight stigma and shame about mental health disorders, Pete Wentz spoke about his experiences with Bipolar in this HuffPost interview.

Mental Health and Suicidality Among Racially/Ethnically Diverse Sexual Minority Youths

When comparing intersection between LGB and racially diverse youth, sexual minority youth have higher risk factors for suicidality than straight youth.  However, actual correlations depend on gender and ethnicity; in fact, some ethnicities act to protect youth against self harm.

The Promise and Limits of Mental Health First Aid

Every day people are those who are most likely to encounter a mental health emergency, so groups like Mental Health First Aid looks to train more laymen on how to react properly. However, some have concerns about using the term “first aid” in relation to mental health and that programs such as these are only bandaids on a failing mental health system.

Active Minds has partnered with National Council for Behavioral Health to offer free Mental health First Aid trainings for students, faculty, and advisors associated with Active Minds.