We’ve entered the last month of summer (well, sort of — I don’t really consider September summer, bring on the pumpkin spice please and thank you!), and I have a question for you: Have you felt stressed this summer? Have you felt anxious and guilty? Have you withdrawn? If so, you’re not alone. There are many reasons why people with mental illness struggle during the summer, as surprising as that sounds to some people.
That’s just one topic we’re covering in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Keep reading for more on summertime blues, increased sales of books related to stress and anxiety, why we need to stop “merchandising mental illness” (and what that means), and more.
15 Reasons Summer Can be Hard for People With Mental Illnesses: It’s difficult to imagine that anyone could struggle during the summer — when it’s warm and sunny and there’s time to do all sorts of fun things — and yet…those examples are just a few reasons why summer actually is hard on some people with mental illness.
Support From People With Lived Experience Reduces Readmission to Mental Health Crisis Units: A randomized controlled trial of more than 400 people in England shows that when they receive care from peer support workers who have personal experience with mental health conditions, people with mental health problems could be at a lesser risk for readmission to mental health crisis units.
5 Ways to Start the Mental Health Conversation in Creative Industries: Showing some compassion and empathy (and not just caring only about profit), setting an honest example, and sharing resources are just a few of the ways you can help boost mental health awareness and support in the workplace — whether you’re the boss or an employee.
Please Stop Merchandising Mental Illness: “Seeing or experiencing illness makes any glamorization of it entirely ridiculous. Depression is not an effective way of ensnaring a man. Nor is it a love song to bop along with, a fashionable illness, or a fad for bloggers to wear for a few weeks, post about on Instagram, favorite and then disregard.” — Rhiannon Picton-James
‘An Anxious Nation’: Barnes & Noble Sees a Surge in Sales of Books about Stress: In the last year, sales of books related to anxiety increased 26 percent at Barnes & Noble. According to the senior director of merchandising, Liz Harwell, the company has never seen a comparable increase in books on this subject, and she suggest “we may be living in an anxious nation.” However, according to Harwell, there might be some good news. Alongside the idea that we’re “living in an anxious nation,” this increase in anxiety-related book sales could suggest that we’re also living in a nation where people are looking for solutions.
20 Morning Mantras to Start the Day Loving People (Instead of Judging or Ignoring Them): Not only can these mantras help you change the way you see and treat others, but also they can help you change the way you see and treat yourself.