Mental health days for students: An increasingly accepted reason to stay home from school

Public school students would be allowed to cite the need for a mental health day as an excuse to miss school, under a bill filed in the Florida Legislature for the 2020 session. The proposal is part of a growing movement in multiple states aimed at improving students’ mental well-being. Rep. Susan Valdes, D-Tampa, says she wants to elevate mental and behavior health issues to the same level as the flu, colds and dental appointments as a legitimate reason for students to call in sick. “It is time for us to take mental…

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Deepika Padukone launches Live Love Laugh lecture series on mental health: Long way to go

Deepika Padukone at the launch of Live Love Laugh lecture series Photo: Yogen Shah Mental health and promoting an empathetic discussion around it has been the centre of Deepika Padukone’s agenda ever since she came out with her story of dealing with depression. Deepika became one of the first celebrities in Bollywood to break the stigma and start an open dialogue around mental health. In fact, four years ago when she launched her project Live Love Laugh Foundation, aimed at doing the same, she received a lot of acclaim for…

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Facebook may actually benefit adult mental health

It is a common belief that using social media platforms can adversely affect people’s mental health, but new research has shown that using these networking sites can reduce an adult’s risk of experiencing depression or anxiety. Social media may improve the mental health of adults by helping them maintain social relationships, new research finds. Facebook’s reputation has sunk in recent years for a variety of reasons, including its role in the 2016 elections and the recent data breach. In addition, studies have suggested that social media can cause psychological distress, loneliness, and depression.…

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Theresa May calls for mental health to be priority

Every new teacher in England will be trained in how to spot early warning signs of mental illness, under a plan being unveiled by Theresa May later. Mrs May, using some of her remaining political authority before leaving office, has called for improvements in preventing problems. “Too many of us have seen first-hand the devastating consequences of mental illness,” says Mrs May. Labour’s Barbara Keeley said the prime minister only offered “warm words”. The shadow minister for mental health said the “reality” was support services being “stretched to breaking point”.…

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Staying active in midlife may depend on mental wellbeing

The researchers found that leisure-time physical activity did not predict later mental well-being or subjective health, but mental well-being predicted physical activity. Staying active in midlife may depend on mental wellbeing (Representational Image)  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images London: Staying physically active in midlife depends a lot on your overall satisfaction with life or mental wellbeing a decade earlier, not just your physical health, suggests new research. Men and women with high mental well-being at the age of 42 were more physically active at the age of 50 compared to those who…

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7 subtle signs which show your mental health is getting worse again

When it comes to battling mental health conditions, a lot of people try to put up a facade for as long as they can take it. While it is a personal choice to put on a brave face when your mental health is in shambles, there are certain, subtle signs that can actually tell the truth. With mental health issues, we all have our good days and bad days, but some days can be really unforgiving. Those are the days when you don’t even have enough courage or strength to…

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