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Michael Phelps to be honored for destigmatizing mental health

Famed Olympian Michael Phelps is about to add yet another accolade to his trophy room, and he’ll be coming to Boston to accept it. The Ruderman Family Foundation, a locally based nonprofit whose work advocates for disability inclusion, just announced it has named the repeat-gold medalist as the newest recipient of its annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. The highly decorated swimmer has been selected as this year’s honoree because of the strides he’s made in opening up about his personal battle with depression and anxiety, encouraging others to seek help and exercise…

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Maternal depression may affect child’s mental health, says study

Women, take note. If you are suffering from depression, it may affect your child’s stress and physical well-being throughout life, a new study has found. The findings, published in the Journal of Diabetes, suggested that depressed mothers had higher cortisol (CT) and secretory immunoglobulin (s-IgA) — markers of stress and the immune system — levels and displayed more negative parenting, characterised by negative effect, intrusion, and criticism. “Following mothers and children across the first decade of life, we found that exposure to maternal depression impairs functioning of the child’s immune system…

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Depression in children, treating it can help improve parent’s mental health

The bond between parent and child extends far beyond sharing similar looks or behaviours as a new study suggests that treating depression in teenagers may benefit their parents’ mental health too. The findings suggest that when a teenager’s depression improved through treatment, so did the depression experienced by his or her parents. “Depression is a massive public health concern that will take a variety of approaches to better manage. We believe our study is among the first to evaluate how the emotional health of a child can impact that of…

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We give people their humanity back’: inside Croatia’s pioneering mental health centre

High walls still surround the oldest asylum in the Balkans, an 18th-century building pocked with the artillery scars of last century’s civil war, but the gates are no longer locked. Handles have been replaced on internal doors and bars removed from windows. “The jail,” said Darko Kovaoic, a 53-year-old poet with schizophrenia who lives here, “has broken open.” The institution in Osijek, eastern Croatia, is run by Ladislav Lamza, a former social worker who is taking on the government, the health minister, and his own staff to transform the lives of…

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Actively Involved Fathers in Parenting Can Help Boost Baby’s Mental Skills

It is generally believed that mothers are of prime importance for the child’s healthy development but a recent study highlights the role of fathers as well. Mothers and fathers, both, have a very distinct way of parenting and it plays a vital role in the development of a child. In a general household, mothers are usually involved in disciplining or teaching the child and uses oral interaction whereas fathers are involved in playing games with the child, giving them tasks and structuring their conversations around these lines. Basically why this…

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Mental Health in the Workplace

Given that most of us spend a good amount of our time at work, it should come as no surprise that the work environment plays a significant role in our psychological health and, as studies are increasingly showing, the economic health of the organization. A 2016 Work and Wellbeing survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) reported that less than half of the 1501 workers surveyed felt their organization supported employee well-being, and one in three reported being chronically stressed on the job. Only 47 percent felt the recognition they received reflected their contributions…

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