News Roundup: Mental Health


An important topic currently circling through news outlets is the issue of mental health. In the past, mental health was so stigmatized that it was not often discussed. However, with more visibility and increasing research on the matter, people are beginning to value and prioritize their mental health much in the same way as they do their physical health.

This week’s news roundup brings a collection of articles related to mental health including strategies to calm anxiety, new research on PTSD treatment, and other global conversations around mental health.

This is the Fastest Way to Calm Down.TIME. “Now scientists describe why deep breathing, including the breath-focus of meditation, can induce such calm and tranquility…breathing can have a direct effect on the overall activity level of the brain.”

New Research Delivers Hope for More Accurate PTSD Diagnosis and Treatment.Huffington Post. “Researchers are working at brain banks around the country to see what is going on inside the heads of veterans. They are examining the brains of deceased veterans in hopes of knowing more accurately what effects trauma ― psychological or physical ― has had on the brain. That could someday lead to better diagnostic tests, treatments, clues into where PTSD originates and evolves.”

Playing Tetris Can Reduce PTSD Symptoms, Study Says.TIME. “[R]esearchers found that those who played Tetris as part of the experience had fewer intrusive memories of the trauma in total over the week immediately following the accident than the other group. They also found that the intrusive memories diminished more quickly. This fit the researchers' hypothesis that playing Tetris, a visually demanding game, could prevent the intrusive aspects of the traumatic memories from becoming consolidated in the mind.”

Climate Change Could Have a Serious Impact on Mental Health. Huffington Post. “The American Psychological Association and the environmental group ecoAmerica published a report describing how climate change is poised to take a grievous toll on our mental health. The report, ‘Mental Health and our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications and Guidance,’ concludes that people living in a number of regions could become more susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, suicide and other mental health issues as a result of climate change.”

Britain’s Young Royals Promote Conversation on Mental Health.The Washington Post. “Britain’s Prince William, his wife, Kate, and his brother Prince Harry are spearheading a campaign to encourage people to talk openly about mental health issues. The young royals released 10 films Thursday as part of their ‘Heads Together’ campaign to change the national conversation about mental health…The royals said they hope the stigma surrounding mental health problems can be lifted. They urged people to talk more openly about these issues.”


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