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Latest News Around the Web

World Mental Health Day Observed On October 10.

USA Today (10/10, May, Rossman) reports, “World Mental Health Day, Oct. 10, is a day to combat the stigma that mental health struggles aren’t real.”

Healio (10/10) reports that World Mental Health Day was observed on Oct. 10. In 2015, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, “an estimated 43.4 million adults aged 18 or older in the US experienced any mental illness within the past year.” What’s more, “serious mental illness occurred among an estimated 9.8 million adults in the US in 2015, representing 4% of all US adults.”

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— “World Mental Health Day: People who got real about mental health,” Ashley May and Sean Rossman, USA Today, October 10, 2017.

Elementary School Kids With Facial Anomalies May Struggle More With Anger, Anxiety, And Stress

Reuters (10/6, Crist) reports that children in elementary school, particularly those between ages eight and 10 “with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial anomalies may struggle more than older kids with anger, anxiety, depression and stress,” researchers found after surveying “99 patients at the UCLA Craniofacial Clinic ranging in age from 8 to 17 years.” The findings were published online Oct. 1 in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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— “Anxiety, depression greatest in younger kids with facial birth defects,” Carolyn Crist, Reuters, October 6, 2017.

Law Enforcement Agencies, Gun Retailers May Be Willing To Store Firearms Temporarily To Help Prevent Suicide

Reuters (10/6, Rapaport) reported, “Most law enforcement agencies and many gun retailers may be willing to temporarily store firearms to help prevent suicide,” researchers concluded after surveying “448 law enforcement agencies and 95 gun retailers in eight states.” The findings were published online Sept. 21 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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— “Some police and retailers may store guns to help prevent suicide,” Lisa Rapaport, Reuters, October 6, 2017.

Midday Bright White Light Therapy May Be Effective For Patients With Bipolar Depression

Medscape (10/9, Anderson) reports, “Midday bright white light therapy may be effective for patients with bipolar depression,” researchers concluded after randomizing 46 patients “to a group that received broad- spectrum bright white fluorescent light (7000 lux) or to one that received inactive dim red light (50 lux).” The findings were published online Oct. 3 in the American Journal of Psychiatry, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association. Healio (10/9, Oldt) and Psychiatric News (10/4) also covered the study.

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Babies Born At An Extremely Low Birth Weight May Increase Risk of Mental Health Issues As An Adult

HealthDay (10/5, Mozes) reports, “Being born at an extremely low birth weight,” that is, at 2.2 pounds or less, “seems to increase the risk for developing mental health issues as an adult,” but such “risk can be lowered by lessening exposure to bullying and family stress during childhood and adolescence,” researchers found after reviewing “40 years’ worth of data” on “nearly 180 extremely low birth weight children who had been born between 1977 and 1982 and survived into adulthood,” then comparing “their adult mental health status…with that of 145 adults who had been born at a normal weight.” The findings were published online Oct. 3 in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

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— “Protecting Preemies From Stress Might Improve Later Mental Health,” Alan Mozes, HealthDay, October 5, 2017.

Foundation News

New PSA Examines Anxiety from Political and Social Media

The Foundation has released a new Public Service Announcement now playing on local Maryland radio stations. It examines the the wide variety of feelings people experience after a particularly divisive political campaign or a significant event getting 24 hour coverage across networks and online. Those feelings can include alienation from family and friends, anger at a system or event out of their control, and grief or helplessness at what may come. There are things that can be done to help, ranging from breaks from Facebook and Twitter and similar sites to seeking actual help from professionals.

Listen to the PSA on our home page or on our PSA collection here, where you can listen to or download other advice given in past PSAs, also.

“This is My Brave” Event Coming December 7


This is my Brave – Baltimore event will be held Wednesday, December 7.
Doors Open at 5 PM – Show starts at 6 PM at Towson University’s West Village Commons, Towson, MD 21252. The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry is supporting this inspiring, monologue-based production featuring people sharing their stories of living with and recovering from mental illness through original essay, poetry, dance and music.

Foundation Establishes Anti-Stigma Advocacy Award

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry has established the Anti-Stigma Advocacy Award. It is designed to recognize a worthy piece published in a major newspaper that accomplishes one or more of the following:

  • Shares with the public their experience with mental illness in themselves, a family member, or simply in the community.
  • Helps others to overcome their inability to talk about mental illness or their own mental illness.
  • Imparts particularly insightful observations on the general subject of mental illness.
  • A Maryland author and/or newspaper is preferred.

The award carries a $500 prize, and has its own dedicated page here.

The winner for 2016 is Amy McDowell Marlow.

My dad killed himself when I was 13. He hid his depression. I won’t hide mine.
Published February 9, 2016 in the Washington Post

In this piece, Ms. Marlow gives a very poignant description of dealing with her own depression and emotional experiences beginning in childhood while dealing with a parent’s depression and eventual suicide.

New PSA Examines Prisons, Inmates and Mental Health

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations focuses on mental health care in the United States prison system. It examines the problem of mental illness being the reason for incarceration in the first place, and the lack of care once a person is behind bars.

Prisons, Inmates and Mental HealthPrisons, Inmates and Mental Health

You can listen to the ad using the player in the upper right of the website’s homepage. All past public service spots are also available for listening or to download on our Radio Advertisements page.

Follow the Foundation on Twitter!

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc. now has it’s very own Twitter account. You can follow us there to get the latest news about what we’re doing as well as be notified of the psychiatric news we mention here and when a new radio spot goes online. Just click the button below or in the left column to add us to your Twitter feed!