Warnings of mental health crisis among ‘Covid generation’ of students
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(Rachel Hall/ The Guardian) — The pandemic has had a lasting legacy on the mental health of the “Covid generation” of students, exacerbating rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm and resulting in a “significant rise” in young people struggling at university, experts have said.

UK universities have reported that  …

Moderate time online may be ‘just right’ for teen mental health, study finds
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(Michael Lee/ CTV News) — Not too little, not too much, but just right.

That middle ground is what researchers say offers adolescents the most optimal well-being when it comes to time spent online.

A recent study of thousands of Irish teenagers found both low and high engagement with digital media compared to their peers   …

Canada took a step toward decriminalizing hard drugs to fight overdose crisis
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(Laura McQuillan/ CBC News) — When British Columbia decriminalizes small amounts of some illicit drugs next year, Canada will join a growing number of countries that have taken strides toward removing penalties for drug use.

But as many Canadian public health experts call on lawmakers to go a step further — and replace  …

Hang in there, parents: Brain science shows teen annoyance part of normal development
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(Michelle Ward/ Toronto Star) — As many mothers of young children are celebrated with homemade cards and sticky kisses for Mother’s Day, moms of teens may be wondering why their kids just seem irritated by their presence.

“My daughter is the best eye roller in the world. I think most things I do annoy her,” says Katherine Henderson,  …

Racialized women face significant barriers when seeking mental health care
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(Clara Pasieka/ CBC News) — Poor access to mental health supports and cultural stigmas are holding many racialized women back from healing during the pandemic, a new study has found.

The research found the majority of respondents were already struggling with mental health before COVID-19 struck and service  …

The Wordle craze: Why do we love puzzles, and are they good for our brains?
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(Penny Pexman/ The Conversation) — In recent weeks, a web-based word puzzle called Wordle has become a popular daily distraction. Suddenly, millions of people are focused on their vocabulary of five-letter words, and are newly aware of concepts like letter frequency and letter position as they strategize about the best  …

Physicians sought more mental health-care help during the pandemic: study
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(Avis Favaro/ CTV News) — The first year of the pandemic saw more Ontario doctors seeking medical help for burnout and substance abuse, according to a new study.

Using a database in Ontario, researchers collected anonymous data on 34,000 practicing physicians who had 50,000 mental health visits over the first year of the  …

The stigma remains strong around men’s mental health
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(Zacharie Poulin/ Ottawa Citizen) — Everyone told me these would be the best days of my life. I’m 18, finishing college and the world around me seems to be imploding. I haven’t had COVID-19, I have a job and I consider myself one of the lucky ones.

But my entire college experience is a Zoom room with screens off. I’ve met only one  …

How to talk to teens about social media and body image
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(Nora Mishanec/ Houston Chronicle) — Six years ago, Sunnie Gruwell’s 12-year-old daughter began obsessively reading recipes and food blogs, a fixation that led to a deeper struggle with body image and anorexia nervosa. During months of intensive therapy at a residential treatment center, Gruwell said her daughter   …

12 healthy New Year’s Resolutions that do not involve dieting
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(Emma Willingham/ Houston Chronicle) — It’s that time of year again! As we review the past 365 days, we contemplate how we can turn a new page and start fresh. Such reflection often results in ambitious, and unsustainable goal setting, which can set you up to fail. Common new year’s resolutions are aggressive dieting programs,  …

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