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October: National Substance Use Prevention Month

October 24, 2022

National Substance Use Prevention Month Globally, drug and alcohol use and misuse lead to enormous societal and economic burdens. The economic impact of substance misuse is estimated at over $440 billion dollars in the US alone. Last year in the US there were a record number of drug overdose deaths, including over 3,000 overdose deaths … Continued

September: Suicide Prevention Month

September 26, 2022

Kate Dickson, MD MPH, PGY 4 Does suicide screening = suicide prevention? Universal suicide screening is the term for the process of asking every patient that presents to a health care facility, for example an outpatient clinic, the emergency department, or an elective surgery, about thoughts of suicide, regardless of chief complaint. Health care systems … Continued

August: Sex as a Biological Variable in Neurobiological Research

August 29, 2022

Sex as a biological variable in neurobiological research Alexandra Nowlan, PhD   Historically, males have been the standard subjects studied in biomedical research. This practice was established due to the fear that the variability in hormone signaling across the female estrous cycle would complicate the interpretation of experimental results, though comparable fluctuations in male testosterone … Continued

July: Minority Mental Health Month

July 12, 2022

Written by: Aaron Ginsburg M Ed, LCMHC, LCAS | Clinical Instructor Crisis and Assessment Services UNC Health Care at WakeBrook   Native American mental health is an all too often overlooked area of need. In looking at statistics provided by Mental Health America (https://www.mhanational.org/issues/native-and-indigenous-communities-and-mental-health), Native/Indigenous people in America report experiencing serious psychological distress 2.5 times more than … Continued

June: Pride Month

June 28, 2022

An estimated 5.6% of the U.S. adult population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, and LGBTQ+ self-identity is highest among Gen Z-ers and increasing among children and adolescents. Individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ experience health disparities linked to societal stigma and discrimination in their home, school, and work environments that is associated with higher … Continued

May: Mental Health Awareness Month, Cancer and Mental Health

May 31, 2022

Written by Dr. Zev Nakamura, Assistant Professor   Approximately 1 in 4 patients with cancer are diagnosed with anxiety and/or depressive disorders. These mental health conditions can be exacerbated or precipitated by the psychological stress of a new cancer diagnosis, physical symptoms (e.g., pain, shortness of breath, nausea), and fear of cancer progression or recurrence. … Continued

May: Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

May 26, 2022

Thomas D’Angelo, M.D.   Invasion is a structure not an event M. Jacqui Alexander is referring to colonialism, which we will definitely get into, but the double meaning is relevant to maternal mental health too. For most of human history(99%?)conception, pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period were communal projects. Hopi communities think about a coming … Continued

April: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Autism, Opening the Door

April 13, 2022

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Autism: Opening the Door By Jessica Kinard 4/12/2022   “Yo siempre pensaba, tú entre más conozcas el problema, más puedes ayudar…” “I always thought, the more you know about the problem, the more you can help…” –Mother of a child with autism (Kinard, 2015)   This quote comes from a … Continued

March: Self-Harm Awareness Month

March 8, 2022

Written by Rebecca V. Taylor, MD, MA, Assistant Professor , Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry SIB and the Intersection of Race, Culture, and Ethnicity When most of us think of self-injurious behavior, we think of those who intentionally cut themselves. The typical person who comes to mind as engaging in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is … Continued