Dec 01

Mental Health News Straight Out of November

Mental health news from November touched on interesting statistics, men’s barriers to seeking mental health treatment, postpartum depression in men, holiday stress, and charitable giving.

I. Annual State of Mental Health Report (by Mental Health America

For the fourth year in a row, Mental Health America (MHA) released its annual State of Mental Health Report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several mental health and access measures. This year, Massachusetts came out on top overall with Nevada coming in 51st…

For the full report click on the link above. Of perhaps the highest current concern is what’s happening to kids. An excerpt from MHA’s summary:

‘I wish I could say the mental health of our children is improving. Our report shows the opposite,’ said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, Mental Health America. ‘Far too many young people are suffering –often in silence. They are not receiving the treatment they need to live healthy and productive lives – and too many simply don’t see a way out.’

II. Men Don’t Go To Therapy Nearly As Much As Women, & Researchers Are Trying To Figure Out Why. Brandi Neal, Bustle

Some of the barriers mentioned:

  • Therapy was originally created for women to get treated by men
  • Higher stigma against men seeking help
  • Lack of a specific approach geared to treating men’s issues
  • Lack of understanding the ways in which men respond optimally to therapy
  • Difficulty finding good therapist matches
  • Additional obstacles experienced by men of color

III.  ‘I’m Not a Good Enough Dad.’ Men Get Postpartum Depression Too. Amanda MacMillan, Time

An excerpt:

The new study, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, cites a 2016 meta-analysis that identified just over 8% of men as suffering from postpartum depression within the first year of a child’s birth. Rates for women have been estimated at 13 to 19%, but according to the American Psychological Association, experts suspect the disease is still vastly underdiagnosed…

IV. How to keep holiday-induced stress under control. Wendy Rose Gould, NBC News

Holiday-related stress often shows up via such symptoms as irritability, withdrawal, disrupted sleep, lack of ability to focus, and/or various signs of physical distress.

Suggested measures include the following:

  • practicing mindfulness
  • having a “game plan” for your specific priorities
  • “savor(ing) the little moments”
  • keeping track of the positive things that happen leading up to the holidays
  • it may be time to “make new traditions”

Ultimately, finding joy in the holidays boils down to mindfully cherishing time spent with family and friends, only committing to the things that are most important to you and managing self-imposed expectations. By doing this, you’ll be on your way to overcoming the pressure of creating a ‘perfect holiday,’ and you may even learn to cherish the inevitable imperfections along the way.

V. Six Reasons Why People Give Their Money Away, or Not. Sara Konrath, PhD, Psychology Today 

In a study detailed in an article soon to be published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, we recruited 819 Americans who reported that they had given to charity in the past. They filled out a detailed online survey that included 54 statements about many different reasons that people give…

From most important to least, the top reasons were “altruism, trust, social, (financial) constraints, egoism, and taxes.”