Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!
This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at how you can keep the happiness alive as you transition from summer to fall, former student accounts of dealing with a mental health crisis in college, one trick mentally strong people use when thins don’t go as planned, and more.
Sad Summer’s Over? 18 Ways to Keep the Health, Humour and Happiness of Your Holiday Alive: OK, so most of us aren’t on holiday the entirety of summer, but that doesn’t change the fact that — for many — summer brings more light, warmth, and time or opportunities to take a break from our normal day-to-day routines and have some fun. Well, just because summer is (almost) over doesn’t mean you can’t keep those feelings and experiences alive during the autumn, winter, and spring months to come.
When You Have a Mental Health Crisis in Your Dorm: Many colleges and universities are facing criticism for their lack of mental health care services for students (most recently, Stanford University and the lawsuit brought against the school for allegedly forcing students to take a leave of absence rather than offering them on-campus services). Here, former college students discuss their struggles and roommates recount what it was like living with a fellow student struggling with mental health.
25 ‘Harmless’ Comments That Actually Hurt People With Mental Illness: You might mean well, but don’t be surprised if you receive some backlash after making some of these comments. (SIDENOTE: The first on the list is especially interesting, because even though it can sound — and actually be — hurtful sometimes, there are times when it’s applicable and necessary.)
Soldiers Who Attempt Suicide Often Have No History of Mental Health Issues: We’re aware of the longtime link between mental illness and the increased risk of suicide among military service members. Now a new study suggest that more than one-third of United States Army who attempt to commit suicide don’t have a history of mental health problems.
One Hard Thing Mentally Strong People Do When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned: Well, I can’t just give it away here, can I? However, I can say it’s something I’m going to start practicing!
High Risk of Mental-Illness Relapse in First Three Months Postpartum: According to a new study out of the U.K., women with serious mental illness face around a 30% risk of relapse in the first three months after giving birth, and the risk of relapse is significantly increased if the woman relapsed during pregnancy or had two or more relapses in the two years prior to pregnancy. Researchers advise that “women with severe illnesses with a recent history of relapse should be warned pre-conception about the high risk of relapse.”