For Hurricane Katrina Survivors, COVID-19 Brings a New Mental Health Toll
A new study shows that for some low-income mothers in New Orleans, the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with the same, or worse, mental health impacts as Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst national disasters in U.S. history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
COVID-19 and PTSD: Assessing the Pandemic’s Toll on Mental Health
As researchers and clinicians continue to grapple with the psychological fallout from COVID-19, a growing body of literature has examined the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the general public. Women’s Health Research at Yale and its collaborators published a study questioning how these estimates vary so greatly and if such wide swaths of the public can truly be suffering from pandemic-related PTSD.
Redesigned Wellness Room Is a Sanctuary for Prayer, Meditation, and Decompressing at YSM
Thanks to a redesign led by the Yale School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Wellness Room in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library’s Morse Reading Room is now a true sanctuary for medical students, faculty, and staff. The room features smart phone-adjustable lights and ambient sounds, a soft reclining chair and foot rest, a rock garden, books on positive thinking and emotional intelligence, adult coloring books, and yoga and prayer mats.
Many Privately Insured Adults Think Their Mental Health Network is Inadequate, Study Finds
A new survey analysis from a researcher at the Yale School of Public Health suggests that privately insured adults are significantly more likely to rate their mental health provider network as inadequate compared to their medical provider network.
Smoking Cessation Treatment for Patients With Depression Could Save as Many as 203,000 Lives, YSPH Estimates
A team of scientists estimates that providing patients with depression with the tools to quit smoking could save as many as 125,000 lives over the next 80 years. That number jumps to 203,000 when extended to people with depression who are not yet in mental health care settings.