Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health AND more on Best 5 Tuesday Reads

Today was a reminder that depression does not discriminate and comes without warning. It also reminded us that “success” does not equal happiness. Depression does not care about your age, status or bank account.

Rest In Peace Kate Spade. If you are feeling suicidal or having suicidal thoughts, PLEASE reach out to your loved ones and call suicide prevention lifelines. Some of the hotlines are mentioned here.

1) Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health: If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who?

Taken together, the evidence concludes that social determinants are key factors in the development, severity, and chronicity of mental and substance use disorders.

2) Irritability in Childhood May Point to Teens At High Risk for Suicide

The study found that children rated as having high irritability and high depressive/anxious mood were more than twice as likely to be suicidal in adolescence, compared with those with neither irritability nor depressive/anxious mood.

3) Mobile Health App Effective for Serious Mental Illness

Patients who used the FOCUS mHealth tool were more likely than those assigned to WRAP clinic sessions to start treatment (90% vs 58%; P < .001) and to remain fully engaged in treatment for at least 8 weeks (56% vs 40%; P = .03).

4) How to Teach Our Children the Important Skill of Self-Regulation

However, we do very little to help our children learn one of the most critical life skills: how to be calm. We tell them to be calm. We tell them to take deep breaths. But when do kids get safe space or time to practice? Where is the calm down coach?

5) How to Stage a Mental Health Intervention

Interventions are not exclusive tools for those with alcohol and/or drug dependence. They can also serve as an effective means of facilitating a path to treatment for those struggling with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and other related diagnoses.

Thank you for reading and see you for more articles tomorrow!

Best Regards,


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