It’s been a great week for me, sweet readers!
Not only have I made great strides in getting back on track living a healthy lifestyle, but I finally took Your Body, Your Mind off hiatus!
For those of you who don’t know, I write the Your Body, Your Mind blog here at Psych Central. I took a break from the blog for several months because my “healthy lifestyle” slowly but surely came to a halt. However, thanks to some good talks with good people — and teaming up with some inspiring friends — things are looking up!
If you’re interested in exploring how exercise and healthy foods can help manage mental health, head on over to my re-intro post, Welcome Back to Health Living!, and subscribe to the blog.
Now, let’s get on with this week’s news in mental health!
Women’s Preference for Smaller Competition May Account for Inequality: According to new research from the University of Michigan, women apply for job or college positions with fewer applicants than do men, and the size of the competition (i.e. the number of applicants or competitors) shapes who enters the competition. Says Stephen Garcia, an associate professor of organizational studies and psychology at the university, “This research by no means blames women for gender inequality but rather uncovers a novel environmental factor that might contribute to inequality, beyond the well-documented effects of gender biases and discrimination.”
Maybe You’re Simply Not Being Used Properly: Do you feel like you’re stuck in the same place, are struggling to make difference, or are undervalued (or, hey, all three)? If so, it could be that your talents, skills, and other strengths aren’t being put to their best use. Try applying them in the right situations and you might just find your key to happiness.
Walgreens Wants Customers to Check Their Own Mental Health Online: Walgreens has partnered up with Mental Health America (MHA) and MDLIVE (a telehealth company) to help people screen themselves for mental health issues and, if necessary, find help from a therapist online. According to Chief Medical Officer and Group Vice President for Walgreens, Dr. Harry Leider, “We set a goal with MHA that we’ll screen 3 million customers for mental health conditions by the end of 2017. That’s a big goal. If we do that…just statistically that should [identify] over half a million people who are battling a mental health condition, but otherwise may not have known it. Then we can facilitate them getting care.” In addition to mental health features and articles, the current Walgreen’s Mental Health section provides MHA-supported free screening tools (focusing on specific mental health issues and even youths and parents) and a therapist locator tool, as well as video chats with state-licensed therapists.
Dress for Success: Apparel Brand Uses T-Shirts to Destigmatize Mental Illness: Kyle MacNevin and Kayley Reed, two entrepreneurs who, according to their website, met while working at a mental health organization while dealing with their own mental health issues, have launched Wear Your Label, a clothing lined designed to open the doors for conversations about mental health. According to MacNevin, “When I wear a Wear Your Label garment, it’s a statement to the world that I am a walking, open-door policy to talk about mental health […] It’s hard sharing your story…but if we can provide a vehicle for conversation, then that’s a really good step.”
Prince Harry And FLOTUS Brilliantly Shut Down Mental Health Stereotypes: First Lady Michelle Obama and Prince Harry recently appeared on “Good Morning America” to talk about the importance of seeking treatment for mental health problems and slam the stigma associated with mental illness, especially for military members (an area dear to Prince Harry’s heart). Says Harry, “[Mental illness] is not a life sentence […] If you open up and speak about it and get the right help as soon as possible, then you can find coping mechanisms and you can get your life back on track.”
Should You Get Rid of All Your Bad Habits at Once? When it comes to unhealthy lifestyles, many of us have long believed that it’s best to start with small changes and add to them and improve on them over time; however, a new small study suggests we could have better results if we tackle numerous healthier behaviors all at once.