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As demand for mental health care spikes, parity with physical care remains elusive

Jun 29, 2021
The law requires insurance “parity” for mental and physical care, but it’s often harder to find a therapist than a physician.
Finding a professional to provide psychological care can be more difficult than accessing other health services.
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Long-term unemployment can change your view of your own abilities

Jun 16, 2021
About half of the unemployed adults in the U.S. are pessimistic about their future employment, a survey shows.
Job loss during the pandemic — already an isolating time — can have a negative impact on a person's self-worth and future job prospects.
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With long-term unemployment comes long-term challenges

Jun 3, 2021
The stigma impacts employers who are less likely to hire those applicants and job seekers who internalize shame and doubt.
Long-term unemployment often comes with anxiety and feelings of shame.
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Osaka's withdrawal from French Open puts a spotlight on workplace mental health

Jun 3, 2021
Employers can struggle to accommodate workers with mental health conditions.
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Babies and toddlers are feeling pandemic stress, too

Apr 6, 2021
Myra Jones-Taylor of Zero to Three says children and babies can feel the stress and instability that has come with the pandemic.
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Addiction has soared during the pandemic. Here's how one treatment center is responding.

The incoming CEO of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation on meeting demand for and expanding access to addiction treatment.
"We’ve known that addiction is a disease of loneliness," said Dr. Joseph Lee, the incoming CEO of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, about the increase in demand for treatment.
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The pandemic as seen by a high-school senior and his older brother

Feb 17, 2021
“It's very easy to just stay in your room all day and not let anybody know what's happening to you,” says student AJ Williams.
CPA Michael Durant, right, and his younger brother, AJ Williams. The brothers lost their mother to COVID, and Williams is missing his freedom because of the quarantine.
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California paves the way for certification of mental health peer support providers

Jan 4, 2021
Proponents of the new law point to research that peer support programs can reduce hospitalizations for people with mental health care needs.
“It’s hard to navigate everything. So having somebody who’s been through [it] ... they’re kind of like your GPS,” Keris Jän Myrick, above, says of peer support.
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2020, the year of the pandemic, and pandemic hobbies

Dec 30, 2020
To fill unexpected free time or to cope with stress, people have picked up hobbies: sculpting action figures and DJing socially distanced parties are just a few.
After getting furloughed from his job, Miles McAlpin has been creating custom action figures.
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Unplugging from work is extra hard ... and needed this year

Dec 25, 2020
It can be harder to disconnect from work, when the home is also your office.
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