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Hero Journey Club wants to meet gamers’ mental health needs, just don’t call it therapy

Maybe you’ve seen the ads on social media: “Crush depression with Animal Crossing”; “Meet with a therapist while playing Stardew Valley.”Advertisements for Hero Journey Club’s gamer-focused mental health support groups have flooded the internet in recent months, drawing a mix of skepticism and enthusiastic intrigue from those who have been targeted by them. “Struggling with loneliness? Come join us,” the ads beckon. For some people who already turn to video games as an antidote to the difficulties of everyday life, Hero…

How to stop over-medicalising mental health

For a place with a reputation for buttoned-up stoicism, Britain is remarkably open about mental health. The British are more likely than people in any other rich country to think that mental illness is a disease like any other. Only the Swedes are more accepting of the idea that a history of mental-health problems should not disqualify someone from public office. The importance of good mental health is a cause vigorously championed by everyone from the Princess of Wales to the opposition…

Colorado lawmakers eye regulation to reduce youth social media use

Annie Valentina Castanon knows the endless scroll of social media well — one short video on an app like Instagram or TikTok turns into another, she said, and soon a minute turns into hours. The quick rush from flashy entertainment gives way to anxiety as she worries about losing time that should have been spent on her Advanced Placement classes. And then depression sets in over the sense that she’s setting her future self up for failure. The senior at DSST: Montview High School in Denver has joined a push at the Colorado…

The UK moves another step closer to banning phones in schools

Mobile phone ownership has become standard for people of most ages, and, while there's a convenience argument, experts and regulators alike have expressed concerns about children's well-being and distraction while learning. To that end, the UK government has become the latest to announce guidance for banning the use of phones during school. It follows other European countries like France and Italy, which prohibit phones in classrooms.Some schools in the UK already have no-phone policies in place, but these guidelines…

NYC suing social media companies for effects on youth mental health

New York Mayor Eric Adams (D) announced Wednesday a lawsuit targeting five major social media platforms, alleging the companies that host the platforms are responsible for “fueling the nationwide youth mental health crisis.” The lawsuit, filed in California by the City of New York, seeks accountability from the companies behind five major platforms: Meta’s Facebook and Instagram, Snap’s Snapchat, ByteDance’s TikTok, and Google’s YouTube. “Over the past decade, we have seen just how addictive and…

Kyiv Is Using Homegrown Tech to Treat the Trauma of War

But this is only half of the problem that needs solving. For those who do want to seek treatment, there simply aren’t enough resources to help them. Clinical psychologists are supposed to limit the number of patient consultations they do in a day, so they don’t burn out. Before the full-scale invasion, Inna Davydenko saw a maximum of four patients daily. Today, Davydenko, a mental health specialist at the City Center of Neurorehabilitation in Kyiv, sees twice that number. When we speak, she’s just finished a video call…

How Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Shapes Fetal Brain Development

A study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus reveals that the use of antidepressants during pregnancy, specifically fluoxetine, can affect fetal brain development, particularly in the prefrontal cortex, and increase the risk of mental health disorders in children. Credit: SciTechDaily.comFirst study to provide evidence of the direct impact of serotonin on the development of prefrontal cortex.A new study published today (February 16) in Nature Communications provides direct evidence that antidepressant…

According to Scientists, This Fruit Improves Mental Health – Fast

Recent research from the University of Otago has demonstrated that kiwifruit, a rich source of vitamin C, can quickly enhance mood and vitality, showing effects in as little as four days. The study, which involved 155 adults with low vitamin C levels, utilized smartphone surveys to track improvements in mood, vitality, and overall well-being. The findings underscore the benefits of incorporating nutrient-rich foods like kiwifruit into one’s diet for mental health and introduce a novel approach to nutritional research.…

The Science Behind Bullying’s Lasting Effects

Bullying in childhood is directly linked to the development of severe mental health issues in later life through the pathway of increased interpersonal distrust. This connection underscores the importance of early intervention programs focused on building trust among peers. Credit: SciTechDaily.comUCLA Health researcher says teens who experience bullying and develop distrust of others are 3.5 times more likely to experience clinically significant mental health issues by age 17.A new study, co-led by UCLA Health and the…

You Can’t Fix Burnout With Self-Care

Anthony Montgomery: The most important part of burnout is that it’s about yourself, but it’s also about others.Shayla Love: One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be less burned-out. Maybe you can relate; you think, 'I’m going to better manage my stress this year. I’m going to make time for activities that I find nourishing and finally nail that work/life balance.' But just a few weeks into January, I found myself hitting a wall. The sense of renewal of a new year didn’t manifest. The burnout I felt from 2023 had…