Take a break from social media for good mental health

Take a break from social media for good mental health

There are times when various social media platforms start dominating one’s life to such an extent that the virtual world gets to rule the real world. According to the statistical portal Statista, an estimated 80 percent population in the United States has a social media profile, amounting for around 207 million social network users in 2016.
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Instagram introduces feature that accords importance to mental health

Instagram introduces feature that accords importance to mental health

Social media is the new mandate that keeps the users, especially adolescents, hooked to their smartphones and tablets for hours. According to a recent report “Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015,” by the Pew Research Center, around 24 percent teens are online almost anytime, thanks to the easy access to smartphones. Surprisingly, 92 percent teens were online daily, while around 56 percent teens, between the ages 13 to 17 years, reportedly were online multiple times a day. While Facebook registers maximum footfalls with 71 percent users between 13 to 17 years, Instagram follows with 52 percent for the same age group.
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Bullying related to obesity can affect child's mental health, says study

Bullying related to obesity can affect child’s mental health, says study

Bullying, in simpler words, is nothing but the vandalization of a person’s dignity that damages emotional well-being by scarring memories almost for forever. Overall, bullying, including hitting, tripping, spreading rumors, etc., in school settings is a global concern, particularly due to the rise in the number of suicide and substance abuse cases.
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Mental health in America – Part 1: States with least access to mental health care report highest rate of incarceration

Mental health in America – Part 1: States with least access to mental health care report highest rate of incarceration

Mental illnesses in a person might be accompanied with some form of substance abuse in order to cope with the mental problem. Due to the complexity of co-occurring disorders, there is a high probability for people with mental health problems to be confronted by the police or law enforcement agencies instead of receiving medical help. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), roughly 15 percent men and 30 percent women with serious mental health conditions are booked into jail. Subsequently, 2 million people with mental illnesses sit in jail and prison every year.
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Pets help alleviate mental health conditions: Study

Pets help alleviate mental health conditions: Study

A pet offers companionship, support and relaxation, all of which has a healing effect and leads to overall well-being of a person. A December 2016 study shows that pets can play an important role in the lives of individuals suffering from long-term mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The study, which was published in the journal BMC Psychiatry, recommends that in terms of support systems used for managing serious mental illnesses, pets should be considered vital.
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