Video abstract: First-episode services for psychotic disorders
The Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) program has completed the first experimental study in the U.S. demonstrating the effectiveness of a first-episode service in improving outcomes for psychotic disorders. In this video, Dr. Vinod Srihari discusses the results.Source: YouTube
"Mindmap" launches at STEP
After demonstrating quietly through several years of research that clinical care at STEP—Specialized Treatment in Early Psychosis—is effective, Vinod Srihari, MD and his team are stepping out in a more public way with Mindmap, a public information campaign aimed at improving early detection of psychotic illness.
All About Happiness: Definition, Health Effects, and How to Be Happier Every Day
What leads to happiness? Every year, lists like the WHR attempt to measure and quantify happiness. (It’s a collaborative effort of universities, research groups, and Gallup World Poll data.) “When people talk about happiness, they’re usually talking about their overall well-being,” says Robin Stern, PhD, a psychoanalyst and the associate director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence in New Haven, Connecticut. Emotions like joy and excitement can contribute to well-being, she says, but so do broader feelings of fulfillment, contentment, and achievement.Source: Everyday Health
Why 25? Doctors warn against the negative impact of cannabis use on young adult brains
Cannabis is now decriminalized in Connecticut for people 21 and older. Drs. Deepa Camenga & Deepak (Cyril) D'Souza speak on the risks and implications of recreational cannabis use before the age of 25.Source: Connecticut Public Radio
Study Examines Dementia Caregiver Experiences and Preparedness
As the global population ages, people providing care for more than one family member or close other across adulthood is becoming increasingly common. Yet little is known about the ways prior caregiving experiences shape an individual’s future preparedness when it comes to caring for additional people living with dementia.
Yale Researcher Studying CBD Effects for Women
A researcher at Yale University is taking a closer look at how CBD affects women because most studies only focus on men. Her study, funded by WHRY, could help better inform women about dosing and how best to use the product for issues like anxiety and pain management.Source: NBC Connecticut
Yale Doctor Encourages Exposure to Nature for Mental Wellbeing and Healing
Nature is not only beautiful, but it can actually have a healing effect, according to Yale Cancer Center’s Dr. Gary Soffer. “Keep using what kept people well for thousands of years,” he said. “Being outside, being connected to nature, these are really powerful things that allow us to improve ourselves.” He works with patients at Yale New Haven Health’s Smilow Cancer Hospital and encourages them to visit the facility’s healing garden to connect with nature.Source: WTNH
U.S. Surgeon General urges students to connect to combat loneliness, improve mental health
On Thursday, September 8th, students from four Connecticut universities – Gateway Community College, University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, and Yale – gathered at Southern to listen to U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speak. In reality, however, they spent a great deal of their time listening to each other — and that was just what the Surgeon General intended.
Polimanti Receives NIMH Grant To Study Internalizing Disorders, COVID-19
Renato Polimanti, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, has received a 3-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to evaluate the association of internalizing disorders with the risk, onset, and vulnerability of COVID-19.
Children in Northern California learn to cope with wildfire trauma
As California wildfires grow more intense, frequent, and widespread, many children who live through them are experiencing lasting psychological trauma such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.Source: Kaiser Health News
Researchers Call for Improved Infrastructure to Address Research Staff’s Mental Health and Well-being
In a new paper, YSPH Assistant Professor Ashley Hagaman (senior author), and PhD student Raquel Burgess (lead author), investigate existing mental health support for researchers and provide specific recommendations to better protect the emotional and mental well-being of research teams including faculty, research assistants, students, and staff.
Study provides deeper insights on the health impacts of utility shutoffs
Connecticut residents who struggle to pay their energy bills often suffer from physical and mental health issues as a result. That is one of many findings in a new study of energy insecurity based on interviews with 22 residents of varying ages and races from around the state. The study was a joint undertaking by the Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of the Environment, Vermont Law and Graduate School, and Operation Fuel, an energy-assistance nonprofit.Source: Energy News Network
New Online Training for Mental Health Providers Benefits LGBTQ Community
Mental health providers can learn to deliver evidence-based LGBTQ-affirmative cognitive therapy through low-cost online training, which would help deliver more evidence-based mental health care to LGBTQ people and support its implementation across practice settings, according to a new study by Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) researchers.
As U.S. launches new crisis hotline, nearly half of counties lack response teams
A new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launched by the U.S. government is supposed to make it easier for people experiencing a mental health crisis to get help. But a new Yale study finds that not all Americans have the same access to appropriate follow-up care.